The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is a nonpartisan, research-based resource for federal and state policymakers and advocates on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. The Policy Center brings to bear ZERO TO THREE’s more than 30 years of research-based expertise on infant and toddler development to ensure that public policies reflect best practices and current research in support of our nation’s very young children.
Our agenda is simple: The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center promotes good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences for all infants and toddlers, with special emphasis on those who are the most vulnerable and in need. The Policy Center advances public policy solutions and investments for the health and development of very young children and their families. In doing so, the Policy Center synthesizes and disseminates knowledge, cultivates advocacy leadership, and engages policymakers.
Choose from any of the policy priority areas in the left-hand navigation bar to learn more about what ZERO TO THREE is doing to advance the needs of infants and toddlers in the policy arena.
Early Experiences Matter: A Guide to Improved Policies for Infants and Toddlers
The Early Experiences Matter Policy Guide is your set of tools for taking action and improving public policies that impact the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families. The Guide is designed for policymakers and advocates and includes a wealth of policy options and strategies to use in your efforts to affect policy change for infants, toddlers and their families. It is organized into five sections with mini policy briefs, practical tools, in-depth policy papers, and more.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Resources
Learn about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its impact on very young children.
Learn how the needs of infants, toddlers and their families can be met through legislation and other policies being considered by the Congress or the Administration.
State and Community Policy
Learn how states and communities are creating comprehensive systems of services for infants, toddlers and their families. Find information and resources that states and communities can use to develop policies and build effective service systems.
ZERO TO THREE Policy Network
Learn how you can be a voice for babies by advocating for public policies that support the healthy development of our nation’s infants, toddlers and their families.
Join the Policy Network
Use your knowledge and expertise to impact public policy. Be Informed, Be Connected, and Be Active!