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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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Brain Science Infographic

This infographic highlights data from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University that shows the importance of healthy brain development for infants and toddlers.

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National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers
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Building A Prenatal-To-Three Leadership Team

One of the first steps in advancing programs and policies that support infants, toddlers, and families in your community is to create a cross-sector leadership team that will work together on each action step as you prepare, build your plan, and execute the work. Use this tool to help identify the right members to include on your team.

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The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers
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Building Collaboration to Coordinate Early Childhood Data: State Spotlight on Wisconsin

Wisconsin agency leaders worked to conduct meaningful research to inform and improve early childhood education and services, to improve services for children with the greatest needs, including those living in poverty and those contending with learning disabilities, and to close achievement gaps between students in different racial and economic brackets.

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The Early Childhood Data Collaborative
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California First 5 Strategic Plan

First 5 California was created by voters under Proposition 10 to recognize that children’s health and education are a top priority, especially in the early years of development. Its efforts focus on the development and implementation of a variety of quality programs, systems of support, and resources designed to promote the health, education, and care of young children across the state. Learn about First 5's vision, strategic direction, and objectives in their strategic plan.

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First 5 California
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Case Study: Building a Diverse Early Childhood Coalition to Expand Data-Driven Developmental Screening Services

Developmental screenings are an important tool to ensure infants and toddlers are on track for healthy development. When screenings detect issues early, the right supports can address problems and set young children on a path for lifelong success. Recognizing the need for a coordinated system of early childhood screenings and referrals, Tarrant County, Texas, is bringing together a broad group of stakeholders to build an initiative to increase access to, and timely implementation of, early developmental screenings and align appropriate prenatal, early childhood, and maternal health services to better meet families’ needs. While the effort is still in the early stages, county leadership is expecting promising, data-driven results.

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Case Study: Leading in Early Childhood Education Workforce Programs

Early childhood educators are faced with the common career challenge of low compensation and costly higher education. That's why providing educators incentives to pursue higher education and stay in the early education system is critical to building a strong early education workforce. Over the last 30 years, North Carolina has emerged as a national leader in early childhood education, due in part to its efforts to develop a highly supported infant-toddler teacher workforce. Using a research-driven, evidence-based approach to inform policy decisions and program investments, the state has continually improved its early childhood workforce system—addressing the challenges of teacher turnover and wage disparities, improving existing programs based on extensive data collection, and bringing successful programs to scale statewide. Today, 50 percent of infant-toddler teachers in North Carolina have a two- or four-year degree, and the turnover rate among early childhood teachers has plummeted from 50 percent in many centers to 18 percent statewide.

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Child Care Aware of America 2017 State Fact Sheets

Every year since 2006, Child Care Aware® of America has published a set of state fact sheets to illustrate how states measure up on areas of quality, affordability, and access to child care. These fact sheets serve as a guide for state and community-level decision-makers, policy-makers, child care advocates, and program administrators.

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Child Care Aware of America
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Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems Building: A Tool to Inform Discussions on Collaborative, Cross-Sector Planning

This tool for state and community leaders is a resource to help improve the capacity of childhood systems, including guidance on recruiting and engaging stakeholders, defining and coordinating a leadership team, financing initiatives strategically, enhancing and aligning standards, creating support and improvement strategies, and ensuring accountability for results.

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Build Initiative
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