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What’s in the American Rescue Plan for Babies?

5 Critical Needs Social

The American Rescue Plan invests in babies and families, but how are funds being implemented, and what does it mean for individuals?

Soon after the pandemic began, ZERO TO THREE outlined 5 Critical Needs for Babies. Thanks to your advocacy, the *American Rescue Plan* promised that relief. Now, how are funds being implemented in service of babies, toddlers, and families?

Watch this space for updates!

The Latest Resources

How COVID Relief Meets Our 5 Critical Needs for Babies
This policy matrix details the federal COVID Relief packages passed between April 2020 and March 2021, and how they address the 5 Critical Needs for Babies.

Our Initial Statement on the Passage of the American Rescue Plan
ZERO TO THREE published this statement, highlighting the robust aid for children and families provided through the American Rescue Plan.

Webinar: What’s in the American Rescue Plan for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
This webinar, hosted by the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), uses the Building Strong Foundations Framework to explore equitable and effective state implementation strategies of the American Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Plan: Opportunities for State Advocates
This short document, developed by ZERO TO THREE while the American Rescue Plan was still under negotiation, was shared with state advocates during a joint event hosted with the Alliance for Early Success. It highlights opportunities to support babies, toddlers, and families in getting relief.

What’s Next?

ZERO TO THREE’s Federal Policy Agenda
Our systems for supporting the health and well-being of young children and families are threadbare. Here is how we move forward and ensure that all babies can meet their full potential.


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