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Search our curated resources collection to find the information and tools you need to take action and advance policies and programs that support infants, toddlers, and their families in your community or state. Resources include case studies that showcase what's working, steps for getting started, the latest research, information on using data to track success, and messaging materials to help you make the case for the importance of investing in prenatal-to-three.

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Innovation Brief: Oregon Makes Big Promises for Infants and Toddlers

In 2018, Oregon’s state-appointed Early Learning Council asked their partners at Oregon State University to study the supply of child care slots for infants and toddlers across the state. A January 2019 report found that every county in Oregon, except one, qualified as a “child care desert.” Furthermore, when public subsidy slots were excluded from total state availability counts, the child care supply dwindled significantly. The study demonstrated two things: First, the situation for infant and toddler child care in Oregon was as dire as advocates had long suspected, and second, public investment did positively change both the supply and quality of early child care in the state.

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Case Study: Early Childhood Alliance Brings Wide Range of Stakeholders on Board for Infants and Toddlers

A 2014 study conducted by the Onondaga County Citizen’s League found that only half of the county’s five-year-olds were kindergarten ready. In response, the Onondaga’s Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) was created in 2015, and a partnership with the Syracuse-based Allyn Family Foundation was formed to build a coalition of local businesses, philanthropies, libraries, nonprofits, and other public sector partners dedicated to early childhood.

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Innovation Brief: Leaders Grow the Economy by Investing in Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Vermont employers struggle to fill job vacancies because of an aging population and the very low unemployment rate of two percent. These demographic factors affect the availability of high-quality child care for Vermont’s families, an industry that already struggles with issues of affordability, low availability, low wages for teachers, and low reimbursement rates from the state for subsidies. Let’s Grow Kids, a statewide movement to secure affordable access to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers, is working to address these issues. 

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The Benefits of Home Visiting

This resource from the Kansas Action for Children and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund explains the positive impacts of home visiting on healthy development for children and families.

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Kansas Action for Children and United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
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Miami-Dade Quality Counts Workforce Study

This report looks at the relationship between training and education of teachers in early childhood programs and child outcomes.

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The Children's Trust
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