November 22, 2023
The Honorable Shalanda Young
Director, Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20503
Dear Ms. Young,
On behalf of ZERO TO THREE, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, I am pleased to submit recommendations for the President’s budget for Fiscal Year 2025 to address the needs of our nation’s eleven million babies and their families. ZERO TO THREE recently released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2023, which identified five imperatives where urgent action is needed at the federal level to promote healthy development, especially for babies of color and those experiencing low income: the crisis in maternal health, opportunities to promote infant and early childhood mental health, the importance of early care and education as a public good, the hidden developmental threat of unstable housing, and economic insecurity that engulfs many babies…
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