Resources for Action

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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Preterm Birth and the Impact of Child Development

This infographic outlines the costs of preterm births on parents, communities, and the children themselves. It also briefly outlines some of the contributing factors of preterm births.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
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Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

In early 2019, Governor Kate Brown, state agencies, Early Learning Council members, and legislators unveiled Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan, which provides a roadmap for how state and local communities can work together to ensure Oregon’s youngest children can enter school ready to learn.

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Oregon Early Learning Council
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Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis

This study by ReadyNation examines the economic impacts of the nation’s child care crisis on infants and toddlers, working parents, employers, and taxpayers. It details the annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue from a lack of child care. 

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Council for a Strong America
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Innovation Brief: Creating an Ecosystem of Supports for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bridgeport Prospers and community partners are implementing a multi-year strategy to increase the number of infants and toddlers on track for success in school and life by age three. This strategy focuses on building an ecosystem of supports rather than focusing on one single intervention and is grounded in the neuroscience of early development—which demonstrates the developmental importance of the first three years of a child’s life and the negative effects that toxic stress can have on young brains. While still in the early stages, this initiative holds promise for strong short- and long-term results because its strategy is grounded on the use of data, financial flexibility and innovation, strategic planning and communication, workforce professional development, and continuous quality improvement.

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Cross-System Collaboration to Better Support Babies in Colorado

This case study describes how Colorado communities and state agencies have integrated a two-generation approach into services and systems to better serve young children and their families. It includes a timeline of pivotal moments in the evolution of the state’s work and identifies keys to the success of their collaborative efforts.

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Zero to Three
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