Policy Resource

Babies at the Border: More Work to be Done

Jun 21, 2018

Thank you to every big voice for little kids who took action – every tweet you posted, every email you sent, and every phone call you made sent a clear message that families belong together.

While an executive order to end separation of families at the U.S. border has been signed, we know there is more work to be done. The fact remains thousands of children, including babies and toddlers, remain separated from their parents at the border and continue to experience significant trauma. The science is clear: at this “tender age”, children are most vulnerable to the impact of trauma, with devastating harm to their well-being and their future.

At ZERO TO THREE, we will continue to call for the Administration and Congress to put the needs of babies ahead of politics – to focus on ensuring families stay together, children and parents are reunited, and to prevent further trauma to children at the border. Your voice is still needed. Stay connected to us as we take action together.


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 zerotothree.org, facebook.com/zerotothree or follow @zerotothree on Twitter.

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