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ZERO TO THREE's Statement on the Election

Nov 10, 2016

No matter their party, each and every elected official represents a potential champion for babies.

Much of our national focus in recent months and weeks has been on our country’s sharp divides and for some, the unclear path forward. Regardless of our personal feelings about the election, one point of clarity has emerged from the campaign season - issues that impact infants, toddlers and their families are being recognized by both sides of the aisle. Thanks to your tireless work, child care and paid family leave have risen to become priorities for both parties, at all levels of government.

All of society has a stake in whether babies get a strong start

Beyond the White House, this election will bring many new faces to Congress, to Governors’ mansions and to state legislatures. Many in the electorate feel our system isn’t working. At ZERO TO THREE one of our goals is to make sure the system works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. ZERO TO THREE will continue to work in a nonpartisan way with policymakers, educating new and returning legislators about our shared priorities for infants, toddlers and their families. No matter their party, each and every elected official represents a potential champion for babies. All of society has a stake in whether babies get a strong start and support for increased investments in the early years spans the political, geographic and demographic lines that divide American voters.

Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of babies and families. In the months and years ahead we resolve to continue our work with other organizations and with you to ensure that infants, toddlers and families have the supports they need to thrive and succeed. Because when babies succeed, so do we all.

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