Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro Awarded Baby Champion Legislative Leadership Award by ZERO TO THREE

May 9, 2018

Representative DeLauro was presented with the award at ZERO TO THREE's Strolling Thunder event.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its second annual Strolling Thunder event, ZERO TO THREE presented Representative DeLauro with its Baby Champion Legislative Leadership Award. This honor recognizes members of Congress and others who make babies and young children a national priority, and who fight to be big voices for little kids.

“The science is clear - babies’ brains grow faster between the ages of 0 and 3 than at any later point in life. In fact, their brains form more than 1 million new neural connections every second,” said Matthew Melmed, ZERO TO THREE Executive Director. “Nurturing relationships, early learning experiences and good nutrition can strengthen those connections, laying the foundation for the rest of their lives. With baby champions like Congresswoman DeLauro on board, we can ensure a strong future for us all.”

As the ranking Democrat on the House Labor-HHS Appropriations subcommittee, Representative DeLauro is a leader in setting Congressional funding priorities for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which includes critical funding for babies and toddlers. In the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill, HHS received unprecedented funding levels for young children. Federal appropriations for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) were nearly doubled for FY2018, Early Head Start received an increase of $115 million for expanding that program, and, for the first time ever, Congress funded Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health grants.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Baby Champion Legislative Leadership Award from my exceptional allies at ZERO TO THREE,” said Representative DeLauro. “As co-chair of the Congressional Baby Caucus, I know how important it is that our young children get the care they need and have healthy and nutritious food to eat. The first few years of a child’s life are critical to their development, and we must support all families with affordable and enriching early learning opportunities, as well as provide time for parents to bond with their children. That is why I have championed legislation to ensure that every child and family have those fundamental opportunities, and pushed for increased funding for programs like Head Start, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Child Care Development Block Grants. Investing in our children is an investment in our future—and they deserve nothing less.”

Families from all 50 states and the District of Columbia gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, May 8, sharing their stories with their Members of Congress and urging them to take action for stronger families, vibrant communities, and a prosperous country.


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit, or follow @zerotothree on Twitter.

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