Parenting Support

Parents need sufficient resources and skills to create the environments that set children up for success. The absence of such conditions can compromise a child’s ability to learn and grow throughout life. States can support nurturing and responsive parenting through home visiting, Early Head Start, paid family leave, and other programs.


Children experience warm, nurturing, stimulating interactions with their parents that promote healthy development.

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State governments and many nonprofit organizations aim to support children and families, but knowing how to best allocate resources can be a challenge. At the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, we review the extensive landscape of
California voters eked out a win for children more than two decades ago based on a “sin tax.” Proposition 10 slapped cigarettes with a hefty surcharge to pressure smokers to give up their habit and
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Policies supporting early childhood help people meet their full potential, as well as facilitate economic growth. Tax credits reduce child poverty, paid family leave improves parents’ mental health, and Early Head Start programs enhance literacy
“Life is complicated, and to understand it as researchers and scholars…well, we have our work cut out for us,“ said Dr. Deborah Vandell at the Society for Research in Child Development’s multidisciplinary conference. Hundreds of
You may know our signature publication, the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, which provides states with actionable, evidence-based policy solutions to support young children and their parents. But did you know that the Roadmap is just