The nation’s top early childhood development organization, which has received more than $230 million in federal funds since 2008, claims that children as young as two years old can show signs of “transgender identity” and encourages educators to “use tenets of Critical Race Theory” when they work with newborns.
The group, Zero to Three, promoted these controversial views during its virtual conference this month, which included educational sessions titled “What Does It Mean to Be Transgender and How Can You Support Kids Who Might Be?” and “Elevating Racial Equity in the First 1,000 Days: Protecting, Promoting, and Preserving the Health, Wealth, and Learning of Our Families and Babies.”
“This presentation addresses the development of gender identity, including how early the process begins (ages 2–3), and how parents and professionals can distinguish gender exploration with the emergence of a transgender identity,” reads one session description.
Zero to Three, which has 3,653 members who work in the field of early childhood development, has received $234.68 million in funds from the Department of Health and Human Services since 2008 and is slated to receive an additional $52 million by 2027, including a $4.2 million grant from the Biden administration set to begin this month. The group trained 89,222 professionals last year, according to its 2021 impact report.
HHS did not respond to a request for comment.
Public and private schools have adopted controversial left-wing curriculums on gender and race in recent years, but Zero to Three’s advocacy on these issues represents one of the most high-profile attempts to promote these radical views in early childhood development. Parents often hire educators to assist in their child’s development as they prepare for grade school—a process that requires child specialists to “consider the role of race and identity” and view gender as a “social construct” from the “prenatal period onwards,” according to Zero to Three’s training sessions.