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Real Results: 2019 Highlights
We all know the saying: time flies when you’re having fun.
As we look back at 2019, that’s exactly what this year was: fun. ZERO TO THREE’s year of advocating and working for the youngest among us was exciting, electrifying, and most of all productive.
As we prepare to welcome 2020, take a look at everything we accomplished together–our highlight reel of our past 12 months with you:
In February, our Policy Center released its brand-new policy agenda for the 116th Congress. It outlined a robust, science-based policy plan that promotes good health to ensure strong minds and bodies, strong families to provide nurturing relationships, and positive early learning experiences to shape burgeoning brain architecture.
Later in February, ZERO TO THREE partnered with Child Trends to release the first-of-its-kind 2019 State of Babies Yearbook. We know that all babies are born with unlimited potential; unfortunately, the state in which a baby is born in can make a huge difference in their chance for a strong start in life. Curious how your state rates? Visit stateofbabies.org!
In May, we hosted our second annual Strolling Thunder on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol! We hosted families from every single state, plus DC, to push for positive change on the issues that matter the most to young families like paid family leave and affordable child care. Families met with representatives from their respective states, and we were thrilled that Speaker Pelosi joined us outside!
In August, we hosted hundreds of professionals from child welfare, legal, and behavioral health disciplines at our thirteenth annual Safe Babies Court Teams meeting. The conference focused on finding best practices and new ways to mobilize connections in their communities to better address issues that can result in families losing custody of their children.
In October, we hosted our 2019 Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and were joined by nearly 3,000 attendees from around the world! We presented our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeree H. Pawl, a renowned clinical psychologist who spent her career at the University of California–San Francisco and was instrumental in launching ZERO TO THREE more than 40 years ago. Next year we’ll be in Salt Lake City, and I hope you can join us!
And just last month, we onboarded our 29th new HealthySteps site for 2019, bringing our total network to 162 sites across the country. These new sites, and their dedicated HealthySteps Specialists, will support the social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development of the babies and toddlers in their communities, giving parents and caregivers the tools they want and need to support their children’s well-being.
Our supporters like you— whether you donated, attended a conference or training, volunteered on our behalf or even just worked to spread our shared message— make our work possible!
We envision a future society where the state in which a baby is born won’t have a potentially detrimental impact on their development, where the foster care system isn’t a series of revolving doors, where pediatric care embodies our HealthySteps vision of promoting positive parenting and healthy development alongside medical care, and where, in terms of giving voice to the needs of babies, we don’t leave a stone unturned.
In this season of giving, we hope you’ll consider joining us in our mission and supporting babies and toddlers across the country. There’s no better gift than one which helps to uplift our next generation.