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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.

ZERO TO THREE Comments on Proposed Head Start Program Performance Standards

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a major restructuring of the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Read ZERO TO THREE’s comments and recommendations in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (comment period closed on September 17th).

Strengthening the Federal Investment in Early Childhood Education

Comments of Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE Submitted to the Chairman, Committee on Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives June 1, 2015

The Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide includes an issue brief on Early Head Start. 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 Early Head Start, click here.

Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk
This joint report by ZERO TO THREE and CLASP draws on newly conducted research on state efforts to expand and enhance access to Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers, and their families. It describes the diverse strategies states are using to build upon Early Head Start and offers recommendations for states interested in expanding this proven program. The report builds on a previous paper, Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and their Families, released by the two organizations in 2008.

In addition to the paper, ZERO TO THREE and CLASP updated profiles of states with initiatives to expand and enhance Early Head Start. Download them below.

Illinois Child Care Collaboration Initiative


Illinois Prevention Initiative








Including and Expanding Early Head Start in State Early Childhood Systems
The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center hosted two meetings with state teams in May 2010 and April 2011 to discuss ways that Early Head Start could be included and expanded in state early childhood systems. This webpage provides information about the two meetings, with notes from each session and links to presentations and other resources shared with participants. 

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

Highlights for Babies in the Head Start for School Readiness Act
Summarizes the key highlights for babies and toddlers in the Head Start for School Readiness Act, the final legislation reauthorizing Head Start and Early Head Start.

Side-by-Side Comparison of the Early Head Start Language in the Head Start for School Readiness Act
Provides a detailed comparison of the House, Senate, and final Conference Report language on key Early Head Start issues in the Head Start reauthorization

Early Head Start: Celebrating Success and Ensuring Its Future
Early Head Start  is a federally-funded, community-based program that provides early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income pregnant women and families with children under age three. Early Head Start represents the best of what scientific research recommends for ensuring good health, strong families and positive early learning experiences for infants and toddlers.

Hearing on Improving Head Start for America's Children
Statement of Dr. Ross Thompson, Board Member, ZERO TO THREE
Submitted to the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
U.S. House of Representatives
February 28, 2007

Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project: Early Head Start Works
Summarizes research findings on the effectiveness of Early Head Start. 



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