The Children’s Alliance recently become an initial Think Babies partner to the national organization Zero To Three. The goal of Think Babies is to advance state-level infant-toddler policies by developing a robust advocacy infrastructure that will raise awareness and build public support in states with the greatest capacity to improve outcomes for their youngest children.
In order to make an informed decision about the policy areas in which we focus our resources, we are seeking to better understand the current landscape. We invite you to be part of a conversation that will help up identify policy successes and gaps in six areas we have been asked to consider. These include:
- Increase access to affordable, quality child care for infants and toddlers.
- Paid Family Leave policy.
- Increase access to infant and early childhood mental health services.
- Increase access to voluntary, evidence-based home visiting for families with infants and toddlers.
- Increase access to child and family screenings, supports, and linkages to needed services.
- Increase access to healthy nutrition and obesity prevention initiatives for infants and toddlers.
In each of these areas, we are aiming to understand service availability, impacts on populations including data by race/ethnicity, and policy proposals that would ensure all children thrive. This conversation will directly inform our decision-making process about where to engage our advocacy efforts. We value a rich conversation that is inclusive of partners from the array of sectors that are part of the birth to three systems across Washington. We hope you are able to attend and encourage you to forward this invitation to those in your networks who should be part of the conversation.
The meeting will close at 1 p.m.
Please fill out the Birth to Three Interest Form to RSVP for the May 23 convening, or add yourself to our communications list for updates and other ways to engage in this conversation.
Questions? Please contact Allison Krutsinger, Early Learning Policy Director, Allison.Krutsinger@childrensalliance.org.