Stories From the Field 2012
We are privileged to be allowed into the lives of the children, families, and professionals featured in this issue of Zero to Three, our second edition of Stories From the Field, a collection of articles focused on how professionals who work with infants, toddlers, and their families are making a difference. The stories of their challenges and triumphs shed light on the heroic efforts taking place each and every day to support and nurture vulnerable children and families during a child’s formative first years.
The contributors to this issue of Zero to Three illustrate the diverse settings and situations that early childhood professionals confront in their work with young children and families: A busy morning in a pediatric clinic; the traumatic aftermath of domestic violence; guiltridden parents worried about the health of their infant; mothers with severe psychiatric disorders; reflective supervision in an early intervention program; and peer-group support for enhancing social and emotional development in child care settings. While many of the stories involve grief, illness, and trauma, they also offer a remarkable amount of hope, healing, and inspiration.