Building Strong Foundations for Families

Building Strong Foundations for Families (BSFF) is a state technical assistance project designed to assist selected states in building and strengthening comprehensive policies, programs and systems that ensure families with infants and toddlers have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

Using the four-part framework in Building Strong Foundations, a joint publication of ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), to guide the work, the ZTT state policy team supports public-private teams in participating states to develop/refine and make progress on a statewide infant-toddler policy agenda.

Grounded in equity, the ZERO TO THREE BSFF project will ultimately assist states in using data to recognize disparities, take concrete steps to reform policies, and increase access to supports in communities where resources are unequal. To learn more, see Building Strong Foundations: Racial Inequity in Policies that Impact Infants, Toddlers, and Families.

States participating in the project include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

The BSFF project will span approximately two-years, from spring 2020 to mid-February 2022. Resources, tools, and lessons learned from other ZTT state efforts, including Think Babies and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Financing Policy Project, will be leveraged throughout.

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