How are people using Zero to Five? In ways I didn’t anticipate. Here are some pretty cool stories I’ve heard.
(What’s your vision? How can I help? Let’s connect!)
Private-practice pediatricians in Oregon, part of the Children’s Health Alliance, are giving the book to each new family. They’re on a mission to help families develop resiliency from the start.
More than 1,000 pediatricians across the country have a copy of Zero to Five. It’s kept in the exam room, I hear; apparently it would be stolen from the waiting room.
My vision: Every well-child visit includes a pediatrician AND a parenting educator. Pediatricians don’t really have time to answer parenting questions, yes? After the pediatrician does the medical checkup, the parenting educator could give a brief talk and Q&A. Make these group appointments! That would reach more people, make more efficient use of everyone’s time, and connect parents to combat isolation.
A committee of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce raised money to give Zero to Five to new parents who give birth at a local hospital. Welcome, baby!
The Kirkland committee is also buying the book at a bulk discount of $12/copy to sell as a fundraiser (retail $19.95) for a new community fund. Move over, Girl Scout Cookies?
CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
Fruit & Flower in Portland, Ore., gives a copy of Zero to Five to each family on its waiting list, with this wonderful note:
Thank you for your interest in Fruit & Flower Child Development Center. Please accept this book as an expression of our commitment to support all families in our community who are navigating these very important early years. We hope the information and resources in this book complement your parenting skills and help both you and your children thrive.
The Nebraska Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, at its annual conference, gave the book to 400 attendees in their registration bags.
TRAINERS OF CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
Child Care Aware of Kansas asked my permission to develop two training sessions based on the book.
PARENTING EDUCATORS & FAMILY THERAPISTS
“Our childbirth teacher told our class that we have to buy your book,” some parents told me at a baby expo.
PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS
PEPS is a wonderful program connecting small groups of new parents by neighborhood for 12 weeks of discussion. And now Zero to Five is part of each meeting. Facilitators do a 5-minute “brain-building moment” by reading a tip from Zero to Five. Contact PEPS to license its model.
And, of course, PARENTS!
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