Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

What babies, toddlers and new parents need to thrive

Adam 05/10/18

As we advocate for the developmental needs of young children, Children’s Alliance has long understood that learning begins at birth. Every interaction, whether it’s with a parent, grandparent, auntie, babysitter or licensed child care professional, is an occasion to build young minds and foster healthy connections.

Research has shown that our brains grow faster in the first three years of life than at any later point. While that window of intense growth is open, every child ought to have the richest possible learning experiences.

That’s why, for the first time, the national-level policy organization ZERO TO THREE is partnering this year with Children’s Alliance and advocacy organizations in five other states to place an emphasis on policy solutions for babies, toddlers and new parents. The campaign is called Think Babies.

We are pleased to bring the Think Babies emphasis to our leadership role in the Early Learning Action Alliance—and to our overall advocacy for an equitable approach to the needs of young children from all walks of life.

This week, as part of the Think Babies campaign, babies, toddlers and families from all 50 states and the District of Columbia took Capitol Hill by storm on May 8 for Strolling Thunder, visiting with federal policymakers and sharing their experiences raising the members of our youngest generation.

We also want to hear where to focus our efforts so we do the most good. So we’re inviting parents, policymakers and policy shapers to directly inform our advocacy prioritiesAnd Children’s Alliance is bringing Strolling Thunder to Washington state on Friday, July 27.

Find out more about Think Babies and Strolling Thunder at You can also watch the new Think Babies video and share it on social media to join the conversation about what babies and toddlers need to thrive.