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Claire Lerner LCSW-C


Claire Lerner, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. She served as the Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for more than 18 years, overseeing the development of all parenting educational content.

Claire is the author of hundreds of resources for parents and professionals, including curricula on early development and parenting, as well as a podcast and video series. She is the author of Why Is My Child In Charge? Claire writes a column for and has also written columns for Parenting: The Early Years and American Baby Magazines. She is frequently quoted in other parenting publications and has been a source on early childhood development for NPR and numerous national daily newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the London Times.

Claire has also been a practicing clinician for over 33 years, partnering with parents to understand the behavior and development of their young children. In addition, she provides consultation and training to local preschools and pediatric residents.

Claire has also participated on numerous national advisory panels and task forces related to early child development including the National Parenting Education Network and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Early Childhood Development.

Claire received a B.A. with High Distinction in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MSW from New York University Graduate School of Social Work. She also received a Certificate in Infant Mental Health from Wayne State University.

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