Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap 2023

Rigorous scientific evidence informs our annual policy guide, which gives states actionable solutions to improve outcomes for all young children.
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How do you know if a state policy truly improves outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families? We reviewed thousands of research studies for you.
We conduct original research—including program evaluation, policy analyses, benefit-cost analyses, and mixed methods studies—to build the evidence.
To support lawmakers and advocates, we offer research and evaluation, data and analyses, presentations, testimony, agenda development, and more.

We empower states with rigorous evidence to implement effective and equitable policies that ensure all children thrive from the start.

Who We Are

We are a nonpartisan research center at Vanderbilt University. We focus on the rigorous evidence connecting brain science with state policies and programs.

What We Do

We inform lawmakers, agencies, advocates, and academics about policies to help families thrive–while growing states’ health, safety, and prosperity.

Why prenatal to 3?

The first three years of life have a powerful impact on the future wellbeing of every person. Families can benefit from a strong early childhood system of care.

The Latest

As we enter March, legislative sessions continue to heat up. From progress around Medicaid expansion in one Southern state to growing momentum on postpartum health care coverage, paid family leave (PFL), tax credits, and child
The clock is ticking for tax day. And which state a family lives in will have a significant impact on whether they owe taxes or receive a refund—a boost of crucial unrestricted cash for the
Building the Business Case for State Paid Family Leave: Lessons from Advocacy and Implementation   Paid family leave is one of the most impactful, yet cost-effective, policies a state can adopt to support infants, toddlers, and
The earliest years of childhood have a great impact on the lifelong health and well being of children. According to the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, the most rapid period of growth in the human brain
Meadow Lakes Head Start, a preschool in Wasilla that has 45 students, will close down at the end of the year. Half of the students will move on to kindergarten and the rest will have
February 1st marks the start of the third annual Early Ed Month, an initiative to educate local and national policymakers, business leaders, parents and advocates on the need for investments in high-quality early care and