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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 infant-toddler policy/system strategies across ZTT’s good health, strong families and positive early learning experiences agenda; coalition building, advocacy campaigns, messaging, digital organizing, and centering family voice to increase equitable policymaking.

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 family focused economic security policies such as paid family medical leave; safe, stable and affordable housing; cash assistance and tax credits; and food security.

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.

On the Ground:

  • In Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, and Virginia, ZTT recently supported public-private teams to develop, refine and make progress toward statewide infant-toddler policy agendas, helping teams to focus on equity and center parent voice.
  • In Rhode Island, ZTT assisted advocates by developing two one-page briefs—one featuring paid family medical leave and one focusing on removing child support requirements from child care subsidy access.
  • In Delaware, ZTT staff facilitated a full-day retreat of the state Home Visiting Community Advisory Board to solidify the foundation of the group, strengthen relationships among members, and prepare for energized and unified action. 

“ZERO TO THREE designed an engaging day that helped the group understand the issues nationally and in Delaware—over 30 people stayed for six hours and engaged actively at the program and policy level. [The facilitator] received many compliments on her supportive, neutral facilitation style, and on the information shared during the day in a way that could help Delaware.”

Madeleine Bayard, Senior Vice President, Rodel