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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Federal Policy Updates

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There are a variety of federal programs which address the needs of infants, toddlers and their families. Click on the links below to track the status of funding and changes in these programs. 

Child Care and Early Childhood Education 
         (CCDBG, Head Start/Early Head Start, Part B of IDEA, Part C of IDEA, Early Learning Challenge Fund Grants, Promise Neighborhoods)

Child Welfare
         (Title IV-B, Title IV-E, CAPTA)

Health and Mental Health 
         (SCHIP, Medicaid, EPSDT, MCHBG, SAMHSA, CMHSBG,
          Comprehensive Community Mental Services for Children and their Families)

Poverty/Family Support 
         (TANF, SSBG, CSBG, WIC, SNAP, Home Visitation)

Professional Development/Higher Education 
         (Higher Education)

For a complete description of these federal programs, how they are funded and operated, and the role of state and local governments in those programs,
click here.

Babies and the Budget
Budget decisions made in Washington, DC impact the programs and services for infants and toddlers in your state. When we get involved in the federal budget process, the decisions about funding services for infants and toddlers will be made with the benefit of our knowledge and experience. Check out our handy budget tool to learn more about the federal budget process: why it’s important, how it works and where to seize opportunities to be involved.

Status of Infant-Toddler Federal Legislation:
The Policy Center monitors federal legislation and how it will impact the lives of infants, toddlers and their families. To track the development of these bills,
click here.



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