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Little Kids, Big Questions
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.

The Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide includes an issue brief on child care. To access the complete toolkit, click here.

Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives is a searchable database that contains information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families. To search Baby Matters for information on child care, click here.

Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers
This paper defines staffed Family Child Care (FCC) networks and examines how they are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings.

The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative
The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative @ ZERO TO THREE (NITCCI) is a project of the Child Care Bureau. NITCCI works collaboratively with Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators and other partners to advance system initiatives to improve the quality and supply of infant/toddler child care.

Infants and Toddlers in Child Care
This is a joint policy brief from ZERO TO THREE and the National Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) on creating supports for, and expanding access to, quality child care for infants and toddlers.

Hearing on Investing in Early Education: Paths to Improving Children's Success
Statement of Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE
Submitted to the Committee on Education and Labor
U.S. House of Representatives
January 23, 2008

Charting Progress for Babies Policy Framework
In the first year of the multi-year Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project; The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) collaborated with ZERO TO THREE to develop a Policy Framework. The Framework offers four fundamental principles which form a basis for the supports that all babies and toddlers in child care need. In addition, the Policy Framework offers 15 recommendations that should be tackled in state child care licensing, quality, and subsidy policies.

The Infant-Toddler Set-Aside of CCDBG: Improving Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers 
Reviews the research on quality child care, and makes policy recommendations for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

Supporting Growth and Development of Babies in Child Care: What Does the Research Say
Explores the research on the healthy growth and development of babies in child care, and the state child care licensing, subsidy policies, and quality initiatives that can increase the odds that babies and toddlers have positive early learning experiences.  This research brief is part of Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care, a joint project of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and ZERO TO THREE.

New Jersey's Collaboration to Improve Child Care
New Jersey can claim a long, proud history of collaboration between state government and the child-care community. For more than 20 years, child-care advocates and the state's child-care licensing office have worked together to utilize cutting-edge science about infant-toddler development to inform policy decisions. Read more about New Jersey's example by downloading the full article.



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