United States

EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES WHAT ARE EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides funds for states to establish Early Intervention (EI) programs, which
Learn More Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, assessment of states, data sources, and more. How do I use the new 2023 State Policy
12 EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO HELP CHILDREN THRIVE The prenatal to age 3 (PN-3) period is the most rapid and sensitive period of development, and it sets the foundation for long-term health and wellbeing. The science
ACCESS TO NEEDED SERVICES Ensuring access to the resources and services that parents and children need is foundational to building a prenatal-to-3 system of care. States provide a number of benefits and programs to children
DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS The characteristics of families vary considerably by state. A clear picture of the current demographic composition and characteristics of a state’s prenatal-to-3 population can help to inform policy leaders as to who is
PARENTS’ ABILITY TO WORK Irregular and unpredictable work schedules, lack of affordable child care, and limited access to paid time off can compromise a parent’s ability to maintain stable employment and earn enough income to
CHILD AND FAMILY OUTCOMES Based on the science of the developing child, we have identified 20 outcome measures to track the overall health and wellbeing of infants and toddlers and their parents. Each outcome is
SUFFICIENT HOUSEHOLD RESOURCES Experiences of financial hardship during early childhood can disrupt healthy brain development and compromise the foundation for long-term learning, behavior, and health. Ensuring sufficient household resources is foundational to building a prenatal-to-3
EXPANDED INCOME ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE WHAT IS MEDICAID EXPANSION AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? States can employ a number of strategies to increase health insurance coverage for their residents, and the most widely studied
HEALTHY AND EQUITABLE BIRTHS Setbacks and trauma that children and families experience due to often preventable pregnancy and birth complications can have lifelong consequences for children’s health and wellbeing. Adverse birth outcomes disproportionately affect Black