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Strengthening Connections: State Approaches to Connecting Families to Services 

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New case studies illustrate how states can help families locate and access appropriate supports.

Families with young children face significant barriers in finding and accessing services to meet their needs. A complex array of services exists across health, early care and education, economic assistance, and family supports. However, services and supports are rarely coordinated and are too frequently divided by where families live or how much income they have. There is limited help for families attempting to navigate a complex system

State partners can be leaders in developing approaches to better connect families to services, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. ZERO TO THREE wrote a series of state profiles that illustrate how states have used policy levers to strengthen families’ connections to services.

This companion brief describes the approaches being taken by five states at both the state and community levels, highlighting innovative partnerships and initiatives. Read the brief, here.

Access individual state profiles, with state-wide approaches and lessons learned, below:

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