Policy Resource

Developing and Moving an Infant–Toddler Policy Agenda

Download Files Apr 20, 2014

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center hosted two state policy action team meetings on developing and moving an infant-toddler policy agenda in May 2013 and May 2014. A third cross-state meeting was co-hosted with the BUILD Initiative in September 2014 with an additional focus on policy strategies that should be prioritized at the national level. Learn more about the results of these pivotal meetings.

Participants in all three meetings included public-private teams from states committed to improving policies and systems that support infants, toddlers, and their families.

States participating in each meeting:

  • May 2013: Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
  • May 2014: Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin
  • September 2014: California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont

The goals for the 2013 and 2014 state policy action team meetings were to:

  • Highlight innovative state models and strategies for developing and operationalizing an infant–toddler policy agenda.
  • Assist participating states in moving forward a policy agenda for infant, toddlers, and their families.
  • Promote relationships and continued collaborative work among participants.

The goals for the September 2014 meeting were to:

  • Renew commitment as a field to infants and toddlers.
  • Delve into challenges and successful state strategies in developing and carrying forward an infant-toddler policy agenda.
  • Tackle tough questions openly about why it has been so hard to move the needle for babies.
  • Support each other in identifying possible paths forward as individual leaders, through cross-sector statewide impact, and as a field offering ways forward nationally.
  • Promote relationships and continued collaborative work among participants.

Sessions focused on topics such as: crafting an infant–toddler policy agenda, effective communication strategies, engaging and supporting families, promoting equity, establishing cross-system initiatives to support infants and toddlers, building capacity of communities to support infants and toddlers, meeting the needs of young children in the child welfare system, leveraging funding sources to support infant–toddler initiatives, improving the quality of infant–toddler services, and building capacity of states to support infants and toddlers.

Materials for the three meetings can be downloaded below.

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