Minnesota Engages Communities to Develop Prenatal to Three Policy Plan to Promote Equity
Minnesota recently released "Prenatal to Age 3: A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development" outlining specific actions the state can take to promote social, economic, health, and educational equity for all children.
To identify priorities, the authors of Prenatal to Age 3: A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development (Wilder Research, Development and Training, Inc., and the University of Minnesota) held twelve listening sessions across the state where participants discussed their communities’ strengths, barriers that must be removed to support those strengths, and new opportunities that would ensure all children prosper. Four core recommendations were formed from the themes that emerged:
Boost and sustain multigenerational family and community support and networks – both formal and informal.
Invest in family and community economic development and security.
Establish a flexible funding stream for community-led solutions tied to results.
Continue to advance prenatal to age 3 holistic service and funding strategies, coordinated across systems and agencies.
This plan builds on previous prenatal-three work done in Minnesota.
Pennsylvania's Promise for Children created a web-based, online interactive tool that helps families learn what they can do to help their young children learn and grow.
Family Engagement resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families
In June 2015, Rhode Island took a bold step for infants and toddlers by releasing both an issue brief and set of policy priorities timed to influence the legislative session.