Getting Off to a Healthy Start: Science and Policy to Guide Early Childhood Development


Please join the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center director Dr. Cynthia Osborne as she presents with her University of Texas at Austin colleague Dr. Frances Champagne at the kick-off webinar for The University of Texas System Early Childhood SeriesGetting Off to a Healthy Start: Science and Policy to Guide Early Childhood Development.

Childhood experiences can have a lasting impact on physical and mental health. Dr. Frances Champagne (UT Austin, College of Liberal Arts) will discuss the epigenetic link between experiences and development that promote risk or resilience to stress, and and Dr. Cynthia Osborne (UT Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs) will discuss what the evidence shows to be the most effective policies and strategies that create the conditions that our youngest children need to thrive.

Frances Champagne, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and founder and director of the Epigenetics, Development and Neuroscience Lab at The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. She won the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2007 and the Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology in 2009.

Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and its national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is also Associate Dean of the LBJ School and an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics (NASEM) Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years.

The University of Texas System (UT System) is one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, with 14 institutions with over 21,000 faculty that educate nearly 240,000 students. For more than 130 years, the UT System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research, and health care. The UT System uses its size, diversity, and quality to advance education, push the bounds of discovery, enhance population health, build stronger communities, and shape public policy for the common good.


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Cynthia Osborne discusses the work of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, which focuses on building the evidence base for effective state policies to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. Read the full article
Vanderbilt University’s Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center (PN-3) just issued its annual State Policy Roadmap, exploring ways that the states (and D.C.) can improve conditions so infants and toddlers can thrive. The Roadmap focuses on 12 solutions shown
Paid family leave is one of 12 evidence-based policies in our 2023 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, which details states’ progress toward adopting and implementing policies that effectively improve child and family wellbeing . As of