Policy Checklists

Our policy checklists features state legislative updates, explainers on complex prenatal-to-3 policy topics, and coverage of important events and emerging research


These worksheets walk you through the key levers for policy and program design and implementation—with a focus on building an equitable system of care.

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Comprehensive screening and connection programs assess the social predictors of health that contribute to long-term child and family wellbeing. The programs use screening tools that identify the needs of children and families, and then connect
­­­­Reducing the administrative burden for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increases participation rates among eligible households, increasing household food security.   This State Policy Lever Checklist contains a list of policy considerations for state leaders
A refundable state earned income tax credit (EITC) of at least 10% of the federal credit promotes healthier and more equitable birth outcomes, increases parents’ workforce participation, and improves household economic security, with the greatest
A paid family and medical leave policy of at least 12 weeks for birthing parents and at least 6 weeks for non-birthing parents with a new child is one of the most effective policies a
Expanding Medicaid coverage to most adults with incomes up to at least 138% of the federal poverty level increases families’ access to needed care and services, reduces financial burdens associated with health care costs, leads
Early Intervention (EI) programs, funded through Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) offer services for infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) with disabilities or developmental delays, regardless of family