The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. The Policy Center brings to bear ZERO TO THREE’s more than 30 years of research-based expertise on infant and toddler development to ensure that public policies reflect best practices and current research in support of our nation’s very young children.
Our agenda is simple: The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center promotes good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences for all infants and toddlers, with special emphasis on those who are the most vulnerable and in need. The Policy Center advances public policy solutions and investments for the health and development of very young children and their families. In doing so, the Policy Center synthesizes and disseminates knowledge, cultivates advocacy leadership, and engages policymakers.
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What's New - New Resources From ZERO TO THREE Policy Center
Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives
This report by ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends presents findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. It identifies innovations in policy and practice, and highlights key challenges, gaps, and barriers that child welfare agencies across the country face in meeting the needs of very young children who have experienced maltreatment. Three short companion pieces offer highlights from the survey and recommendations for states around core issues. Learn more
Fourteen states have received ELC grants since the program was initiated in 2011. Though they are not using a significant portion of their grants to fund initiatives targeting infants and toddlers specifically, grantees’ efforts to strengthen the systems that support all young children and families will reap many benefits for babies. This article discusses states’ ELC plans and the progress they’ve made implementing ELC initiatives. Click here to view
Nurturing Change: State Strategies for Improving Infant and Early Childhood
Resource List for the 2013 ECCS Grant Application
ZERO TO THREE Policy Center created a resource list to help states think through some of the strategies they could pursue through the 2013 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant opportunity. ECCS grants help states build early childhood service systems that better meet the needs of children and families. This year’s grant provides states with an opportunity to make improvements that will specifically benefit infants and toddlers. Click here to download the resource list.
The School-Ready Child
How do children become ready for school? See ZERO TO THREE’s new infographic, which shows how young children, beginning at birth, acquire the social and emotional skills for success in school and life.
In This Section
Action Center - Join the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network and access resources and tools to help you in advocating effectively for infants, toddlers and their families.
Building Early Childhood Systems - See how to build comprehensive, coordinated systems of high-quality, prenatal-to-five services in states.
Federal Policy - Discover the ways that Congress and the administration can meet the needs of infants and toddlers through legislation and other policies.
Infant-Toddler Policy Issues - Learn more about the policy issues that impact the good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences of infants and toddlers.
Policy Guide - The Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide includes an issue brief on State Advisory Councils, as well as other policy briefs, practical tools, and in-depth policy papers.
State & Community Policy - Learn more about innovative state and community policy approaches to support infants, toddlers, and their families across the country.