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American Rescue Plan Addresses 5 Critical Needs for Babies

The American Rescue Plan invests in babies and families across the country, with policies that are proven drivers of healthy development.

In March 2020, ZERO TO THREE outlined 5 Critical Needs for Babies still remaining to be addressed after relief bills were enacted. Now, with President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan signed into law, more robust aid is on the way to babies and families. It’s time for a check up on the 5 Critical Needs. The bottom line: great strides toward meeting these needs have been achieved for babies and families.

The following statement can be attributed to Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D.:

Much work still remains to make permanent such landmark policies as the enhanced Child Tax Credit, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and a comprehensive child care program as well as to fill gaps in key areas such as building the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health workforce and services.

Here’s how the American Rescue Plan aligns with our babies’ needs:

A full-text version of ZERO TO THREE’s statement is available here.

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