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Now is the time to take action and be a champion for infants and toddlers in your state or community.

NCIT is working across the country to build programs and policies that work to ensure children are on track for success in school and in life by age three. To accomplish this goal, it’s essential that:

  • Infants are born healthy and continue to thrive
  • Parents have what they need to support their child’s healthy development
  • Families have access to affordable, high-quality child care options

Working for Change

Elected officials and policymakers, civic, business, and community leaders, service providers, and educators are all pivotal to ensuring that every family has the supports they need to nurture not only their children’s healthy physical development, but also their healthy social and emotional development, from the very beginning.

This work involves multiple systems coming together—health care, child care, and different types of family support—and there are challenges and barriers to ensuring that all families, particularly those with high need, get the supports and services that are most beneficial.

NCIT supports evidence-based national, state, and local policy and program solutions that:

Increase the number of families with children prenatal-to-age-three who are connected to essential health, development and social emotional support services.

Increase the number of low-income infants and toddlers receiving affordable, high-quality child care.

Working together, these policies can provide parents with a full range of supportive programs they may need to create a strong foundation for healthy development and learning.

With a solid understanding of the current policy and programmatic needs in your community or state, you can successfully bring together advocates, policymakers, parents, and professionals to take action for change.

Guiding Principles for Action

For initiatives of all shapes and sizes—whether impacting states or communities, developing legislative or regulatory efforts, building and strengthening programs, or reaching diverse families with a range of needs—consider the following principles for an impactful strategy:

Build a State or Community Effort

With the guiding principles for action in mind, select the roadmap that's right for you and find key steps and considerations for developing and expanding policies and programs that support infants, toddlers, and their families in your area. 

In the Roadmaps for Action, you'll find information and resources needed to lay the groundwork for change, build a robust plan for action, implement the plan, measure results, and sustain momentum. We'll be adding new resources over time, so be sure to check back periodically for the latest tools.