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We know that the very youngest children are developing at a remarkable rate that sets the foundation for all future development, learning, and relationships. Now, early in this Congress and this administration, we want them to know what we know: that the future begins with babies.
by Amanda Perez, Senior Advocacy Specialist, ZERO TO THREE
The first few months of any new administration, and any new Congress, begin with a bang. New people are in place. Policymakers are building relationships, understanding new leadership, and making crucial decisions that set the foundation for what is to come. ZERO TO THREE’s membership knows a lot about foundations! We know that the very youngest children are developing at a remarkable rate that sets the foundation for all future development, learning, and relationships. Now, early in this Congress and this administration, we want them to know what we know: that the future begins with babies. As they set the foundation for their work, we want them to Think Babies.
At our Annual Conference in December, ZERO TO THREE launched a new campaign, Think Babies, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over the course of the next few months, our goal is to help Congress and the administration understand the potential and vulnerability of the first 3 years of life. As they look at their hopes for the communities they serve, we want them to know that their work begins with babies. As they make decisions about infrastructure, health and education, and the economy, we want them to know that when babies don’t get what their growing brains need to thrive, we undermine the fabric of their development. This deficit leads to poor life-long developmental, educational, social, and health challenges, with profound short- and long-term economic and social costs to our country. But when babies thrive, we all benefit. For stronger families, vibrant communities, and a prosperous nation, we must all Think Babies.
We need your voice! Your messages to your elected officials carry the weight of your expectations and your vote. Here is how to get involved:
- Share what you know! Go to www.thinkbabies.org and click on the bar at the bottom to create your “thought bubble.” In these early weeks of their session, tell your members of Congress why you think it is so important that they keep babies at the forefront of their thinking.
- Watch your email for messages from Think Babies. Over the course of the campaign, we will send updates, new resources, and information on events and activities.
- Help us identify families for Strolling Thunder! On May 2 and 3, we will bring families with infants and toddlers from across the nation to meet with their members of Congress and share their insight about why it is so important to Think Babies. We are looking for families with a passion for the first 3 years and powerful stories to tell about the value of investment at this time. Do you know one of the families we are looking for? Watch for more information about this event and help connect us to the people who can have the most impact on the Hill—families.
- Keep an eye out for our messages in the media, including state and local papers and on social media. Share those pieces with your networks and help raise awareness!
We look forward to working with you to champion America’s youngest children through the Think Babies campaign. Thank you for helping us make their potential our nation’s priority!