Needs of Immigrant Families, Babies and Toddlers Explored at 23rd National Training Institute

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America's Pediatrician and ZERO TO THREE Founder Dr. T. Berry Brazelton will open the NTI Conference, which is the premier training event for professionals who work with infants, toddlers and their families.

rainbow of cultural and linguistic diversity

The growing need to serve families and children with diverse immigrant backgrounds is just one of the crucial and timely topics to be explored at ZERO TO THREE's 23rd National Training Institute (NTI). The NTI is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary conference that focuses on cutting-edge research and best-practice strategies in areas such as brain development, child care and school readiness.

In early December, the NTI will bring together nearly 2,000 early childhood professionals from across the country to discuss how to best support the health and development of babies and toddlers. A number of the more than 70 sessions will delve into immigration and its effect on families, including:

  •     Immigration: Supporting Newcomer Families With Young Children - Early childhood programs are faced with the growing need to serve families and children of diverse immigrant backgrounds but lack the knowledge and resources to effectively respond. Presenters will explore policy, research and practice issues related to the changing demographics and the resulting "rainbow of cultural and linguistic diversity" experienced by early childhood programs in the U.S. Participants will learn about trends in immigration and will explore ways to improve professional development and practice around culture and early development. Presenters: Dina C. Castro, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Marlene Zepeda, PhD, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
  •     Stranger in a Strange Land: Immigration and Motherhood - This case presentation will illustrate the challenges immigrant women face upon becoming mothers. It will demonstrate how we approach these challenges through dyadic work in which the woman's sense of herself as a competent mother and of herself as a competent immigrant emerge and develop side by side. Presenters: Gloria Castro, PsyD, University of California, San Francisco, CA; Jeree Pawl, PhD, Mill Valley, CA.

America's Pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, founder of ZERO TO THREE, will open the conference, sharing his groundbreaking work in the field of infant development.

Early childhood professionals can register online at The NTI will be held December 5 -7, with the pre-institute on December 4, at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

Reporters who want to attend the conference, talk to presenters or receive audiotapes of the sessions should contact Lynette Ciervo ( or Tom Salyers (tsalyers @ at +1-202-638-1144.

ZERO TO THREE ( is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.


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