Quality Affordable Child Care


State of Babies Yearbook 2019: Data for Policymakers and Advocates

The state where a baby is born makes a big difference in their chances for a strong start in life. For the first time, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends are telling the state-by-state story of America’s babies. The data can be used by policymakers and advocates to identify and act on the challenges facing the youngest members of society.
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Helping Babies and Toddlers Thrive: A Look at Recent State Legislation

This policy brief from NCSL provides an overview of recent state legislation that supports infants, toddlers and their families, including state laws that: improve access to and quality of child care, ensure parents have time to bond with young children, and empower parents to support their child’s healthy emotional and physical development.
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NBCDI Releases Baby Brain Builders: Tools and Tips for Parents

In partnership with the Think Babies campaign, the National Black Child Development Institute has published a resource providing tips to parents on practical ways to nurture their child’s healthy development, as well as how to become an advocate for policies that will help babies and families to thrive.
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NGA Releases Report on “Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to Age 3 Policies”

In June 2018, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) convened an expert roundtable conversation to review the latest research on early childhood development and current state efforts to support infants and toddlers and their families. In partnership with the Think Babies campaign, NGA recently released a report of that conversation that lays out what state leaders need to do to ensure strong futures for babies and their families.
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Support Washington’s Babies and Young Parents

This blog post from Think Babies state partner, The Children’s Alliance discusses the challenges faced by young parents of young children and how policies like access to quality child care can support them.
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Child Care Payments Are Going Up in Rhode Island

This article from WPRI covers the recent wing by RI advocates, including Think Babies state partner Rhode Island Kids Count, of increased child care reimbursement rates for high quality programs, with the largest increases for those serving infants and toddlers.
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Rhode Island Kids Count: Childcare Can Cost More than College

This article from the Providence Journal highlights information from Rhode Island Kids Count regarding the challenges families face in access to quality affordable child care and the need for policy solutions.
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