This clearinghouse includes reviews of the evidence on state policies intended to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. By following a comprehensive, systematic review method, our policy researchers identify which state policies have demonstrated effectiveness at creating the conditions in which young children and their families can thrive.
We designate state policies as effective, needs further study, ineffective, or harmful. Because of the limits of existing evidence, we are slow to call a policy ineffective or harmful until it has been thoroughly studied. We track effective policies in our annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap.
State Policies & Strategies
The science of the developing child points to the conditions in which young children and their families can thrive. We represent these conditions in our eight prenatal-to-3 policy goals, which all states should strive to achieve to ensure that infants and toddlers get off to a healthy start and thrive. To be considered effective, a policy must significantly improve outcomes related to at least one of our goals.