Release Date: Mar 9, 12, 12:00am

*Washington, DC – March 9, 2012 – ZERO TO THREE has selected Nucha Isarowong, [AM '02, current SSA doctoral student, and] MSW, for its Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship – a prestigious program that connects, enriches, and inspires professionals dedicated to advancing the health and development of very young children.  Mr. Isarowong, a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, Illinois.

During the Fellowship, Mr. Isarowong will work to build professional community among IDEA Part C funded Early Intervention (EI) professionals and encourage interdisciplinary teaming to better serve infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The goal of the project is to better understand the state of interdisciplinary collaboration in Illinois’ EI program and address barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration by creating standard documentation forms based on quality assurance standards.

“ZERO TO THREE is pleased to welcome Nucha Isarowong as a Fellow and we know he will bring important expertise, knowledge, and perspective to the program,” saidMatthew Melmed, JD, ZERO TO THREE’s Executive Director. “His work will greatly help us to improve the services we provide to some of our most vulnerable young children, and families” he added.   

Mr. Isarowong is joined by nine other members of the 2012 class who are from eight states and Canada. They bring a wealth of experience from a diversity of disciplines including psychology, child development, psychiatry, social work, and early childhood special education. See a list of the 2012 class.

The Fellowship program, which began in 1981, is guided by the principles that babies do better when the professionals who serve them and their families are connected across disciplines, are well versed in the latest scientific advances, and are well equipped with the leadership skills needed to manage complex organizations. The work of ZERO TO THREE is informed by the scientific evidence that early experiences matter. That is, these early experiences impact brain development which influences how children across their lifespan learn, play, and contribute to society. 

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit whose mission is to support the health and development of infants and toddlers. 

For more information about the organization and the Fellowship program, please visit http://www.zerotothree.org/about-us/funded-projects/fellowship/

*Press release courtesy Zero to Three