State Policy Lever Checklists


State leaders have a wide array of policy levers to consider when crafting state policies known to support the prenatal-to-3 period. To ensure that a policy has its intended impact on infants, toddlers, and their families, leaders must focus on the details of policy design and implementation.

Our suite of State Lever Checklists supports these efforts by detailing the key components that make up each of our 12 Roadmap policies. These resources are intended to be a guide to state leaders considering the impact various policy levers have on program design and implementation. The checklists also highlight the ways in which policies may support a more equitable system of care.

Learn more and download the checklist(s) through the links below.


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