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ZERO TO THREE

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for advocates and policymakers on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers.

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. 

State allies can call on ZERO TO THREE to:

Support advocates to develop and move infant-toddler policy and advocacy priorities.

ZERO TO THREE can help advocates integrate an intentional focus on the unique needs of babies in policy and systems work – and provide support around advocacy campaigns, messaging, cultivating parent voices, and digital organizing.

Provide support for states working to strengthen their infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) systems.

ZERO TO THREE can help state advocates explore policy, system, and funding opportunities to strengthen their IECMH systems, and support development of advocacy tactics to advance them. Policy areas may include IECMH consultation in child-serving settings, financing clinical workforce development efforts, or integration of IECMH expertise and services in primary care.

Assist states as they advance and strengthen state family leave policy.

State policy experts at ZERO TO THREE can review proposed legislation in a state, help develop new legislation, or provide sample legislation from other states -- along with strategic support for winning implementation.

Additional Alliance-funded support for state advocacy includes: 

  • Continue to convene the Alliance for Early Success Home Visiting Community of Practice. 
  • Continue to convene the Alliance for Early Success Infant and Toddler Community of Practice. 

Both communities are growing to include new state partners, and ongoing planning is informed by the state members’ interests and requests.