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ZERO TO THREE (ZTT) works to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. They provide parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. The ZTT Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers.

Alliance-Funded Support for State Advocacy

  • Support states in protecting and advancing policies, services, and systems (and funding required) to meet the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families by providing individualized TA, peer-learning opportunities, and advocacy and communication assets to states engaged in Think Babies.
  • Support public-private teams in 9-10 states to engage stakeholders, assess needs, and identify and make progress on infant-toddler policy priorities through the new Building Strong Foundations for Families (BSFF) TA project.
  • Support states to explore policy/system/funding opportunities to strengthen their IECMH systems (e.g., IECMH consultation in child-serving settings, financing clinical workforce development efforts, or integration of IECMH expertise and services in primary care) and build public and political will to do so (e.g., supporting messaging tactics, cultivating parent voices, or digital organizing).
  • Continue to convene two advocacy communities of practice (CoPs): home visiting and infant toddler with Alliance staff, both of which have grown to include new state partners. Ongoing planning for both CoPs will continue to be informed by the state members’ interests and requests.
  • Assist states as they build support for and advance/strengthen state PFML laws.