Barbara Gebhard, MA, is the Assistant Director of Public Policy at ZERO TO THREE.
As part of the organization’s Policy Center since 2006, she leads efforts to support states in establishing coordinated, comprehensive systems and policies to meet the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families. Barbara oversees the development of effective resources for state policymakers and provides technical assistance to policymakers, state agency staff, advocacy organizations, and public-private planning groups in states. She has authored or co-authored numerous policy papers and tools for states. Her work is informed by a wealth of past experience, including Director of the BUILD Initiative, Deputy Director of the West Virginia Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families, State Early Intervention Director and State Day Care Specialist in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and Writer/Editor for Appalachia Educational Laboratory. Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relationships from Marshall University and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Georgetown College.
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States can and should be investing in infants and toddlers as they work to build their birth-to-five systems. The four states highlighted in this policy brief exemplify such models of state investmen…
This article is excerpted from “In Our Own Backyards: Local Initiatives that Change Young Children’s Lives” published in the July 2006 issue of Zero to Three.