Policy Resource

State Policy Technical Assistance

May 4, 2016

By providing technical assistance to states, ZERO TO THREE staff support states in establishing coordinated, comprehensive services and policies focused on infants and toddlers or ensuring their inclusion in broader system-building efforts. Technical assistance is focused on meeting a state’s immediate needs in a timely way.

Who Can Receive Technical Assistance from ZERO TO THREE?

The target audience for technical assistance includes: state policymakers, state agency staff, advocacy organizations, and state policy planning groups with members from both public and private sectors.

What Types of Technical Assistance does ZERO TO THREE Provide to States?

ZERO TO THREE regularly provides the following types of technical assistance:

  • Assistance in using ZERO TO THREE’s state policy self-assessment tools to inform policy priorities. ZERO TO THREE has a comprehensive infant-toddler policy self-assessment toolkit, as well as tools focused on: quality rating and improvement systems, home visiting at the state and community levels, child welfare policy, and infant-early childhood mental health (coming soon ).

  • Facilitation of state coordinating groups that are working to develop, advance, and communicate an infant-toddler policy agenda.

  • National overview presentations on topics including: home visiting, early childhood mental health, child care quality, and program governance and systems.

  • Guidance in expanding or sustaining a state infant-toddler initiative or replicating another state’s model.

  • Resources on exemplary models or practices in other states supporting early childhood development.

  • Convening of leaders from multiple states through in-person meetings and virtual communities of practice to share challenges and approaches to better support infants and toddlers.

What are Examples of ZERO TO THREE Technical Assistance?

As examples of ZERO TO THREE’s technical assistance capacity, our staff and consultants have:

  • Provided expert presentations on state policy approaches to better support infants and toddlers in several states including: Colorado, Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

  • Assisted public-private coordinating groups in several states, including Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont, in developing priorities for a state-specific infant-toddler policy agenda and plans to achieve these priorities.

  • Supported state leaders and advocates in Rhode Island and Indiana in developing public messaging materials making the case for selected infant-toddler policy priorities.

  • Assisted public-private workgroups in Oregon and Washington, D.C. in developing recommendations to strengthen home visiting programs and better integrate them into broader early childhood system-building efforts.

  • Provided expertise on early childhood mental health to state-level policymakers and advocates, including presenting at a statewide convening in Wisconsin and developing a state policy analysis paper to inform advocacy efforts in Maine.

  • Facilitated discussions in Oregon and Kentucky around establishing a coordinated governance structure to administer infant-toddler programs.

  • Coordinated multiple in-person State Policy Action Team meetings with teams from several states to learn from experts and share strategies to improve infant-toddler policies. Topics included developing and moving an infant-toddler policy agenda, integrating home visiting/Early Head Start in early childhood systems, and financing infant-toddler services.

  • Led cross-state virtual communities of practice to share state best practices in: promoting early childhood mental health and integrating home visiting in early childhood systems.

How Does ZERO TO THREE Deliver Technical Assistance?

Technical assistance is primarily provided through phone and e-mail consultation. Provision of technical assistance is dependent upon the capacity of ZERO TO THREE staff and consultants. On-site technical assistance is limited, with priority given to Alliance for Early Success states and states that have contracts with ZERO TO THREE.

Contact Us

For more information about technical assistance to states, contact Barbara Gebhard.

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    Barbara Gebhard

    Assistant Director, Public Policy


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