The global COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, yet the shockwaves it sent through the world economy and the many lives it uprooted are still being felt. Many people lost their jobs, child care centers closed and prices of basic necessities soared. Three years later, babies, toddlers and their families continue to struggle when it comes to basic health care and economic security.
Miriam Calderón, ZERO TO THREE’s chief policy officer, spoke with Here & Now’s Deepa Fernandes on NPR about how Congress must support our youngest Americans by prioritizing the enhanced Child Tax Credit, child care, paid family and medical leave, and other commonsense solutions that share bipartisan support.
Our Policy Center is vocal on Capitol Hill and in states across the nation, providing policy and advocacy resources about the importance of the first three years of life. To ensure all babies have a strong start in life, we promote good health, strong families and positive early learning experiences for all infants and toddlers, with special emphasis on those impacted by racism, economic inequality, and other forms of oppression. We fight for policies that prioritize the needs of young children so they can thrive.