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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: 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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Innovation Brief: Mobilizing to Solve a Crisis For Long-Term Impact

In 2017, Pierce County, Washington faced the highest demand for foster care placement in the entire state—higher even than King County (home to Seattle), which has twice the population of Pierce County. The rate of entry into foster care in Pierce County in 2016 was 4.81 children per 1,000 children, compared with the statewide average of 3.75 children per 1,000 children. Of the 1,000 children under age 18 who entered the foster care system in the county, 25% were babies in their first year of life. Furthermore, data showed that Pierce County had higher infant mortality and maternal mortality rates than the state average, and only 43% of eligible children in Pierce County were receiving early intervention services. 

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Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal-to Age-3 Policies: Report of an Expert Roundtable Conversation

This brief by the National Governor’s Association summarizes a roundtable discussion, aligned with current research, on how governors can explore policy and practices that create a coordinated support for young children and their families, including information about collectively developing a vision statement that identifies the elements essential to building an integrated state system of policies and programs.

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National Governors Association
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June 2016 Summary Report

As a Collective Impact movement, Bridgeport Prospers is building a civic infrastructure that includes a Core Leadership Team, an Operations/Implementation Team, nine key outcome areas, Community Action Networks (CANs), a Funders Table, a Youth Engagement Table, and a Data Table. Learn about their strategy and programs for supporting infants, toddlers, and families in this report.

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United Way Coastal Fairfield County
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June 26, 2017 Mid-Year Convening Research Summary

Collective Impact movements across the nation are anchored in the ability of communities to gather, access, analyze, and use data to improve outcomes for their citizens, including children and their families. Bridgeport Prospers uses data as the foundation for change. This research summary by United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and Bridgeport Prospers, Cradle to Career describes the progress of their community initiatives to support infants, toddlers, and families.

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United Way Coastal Fairfield County
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Key Components of a Successful Early Childhood Home Visitation System

Use this self-assessment tool for home visiting programs or adapt it for other prenatal-to-three programs. It covers needs assessments and program planning, professional development and technical assistance, partnerships and collaboration, public engagement, administration and governance, and financing and sustainability.

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Zero to Three
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Launch an Early Childhood Parent Academy

Interested in launching your own parent academy to help parents provide the best support to their infants and toddlers? Learn about the Vermilion Parish Parent Academies in Louisianna that were created to support parents of children 0-4 through a community-based collaborative approach.

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National Institute for Children's Health Quality
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Leadership in Systems of Care: Creating and Communicating a Shared Vision

To promote systems of care effectively, leaders need a purposeful vision that clearly identifies where the system is going. This brief describes what a shared vision is and why it is important, the critical role of leadership in promoting a shared vision, essential characteristics of successful leaders, and key steps in developing and communicating a shared vision.

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Department of Health and Human Services
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Let's Talk Data!

When talking about data, it is important to have a shared vocabulary. This ensures that everyone involved in collecting, analyzing, reporting or sharing data has a common understanding about the process. This fact sheet includes common words and terminology used to describe types and levels of data (qualitative and quantitative) as well as measuring, accessing and sharing data.

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Child Trends
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