Strolling Thunder: Making Babies a National Priority

We’ve been putting babies and their parents in the room where it happens since 2017.  

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A family from Maine who fell behind on bills due to a lack of paid leave after a difficult birth. A toddler in Louisiana on the brink of being expelled from child care due to behavior issues and long waiting lists for support.  A family from Kentucky who pays nearly half of their income for child care. A mother from Massachusetts who struggles to raise her child on a teacher’s salary. 

Each year, Strolling Thunder sponsors a family from every state and the District of Columbia to come to Capitol Hill to share their stories with policymakers and become advocates for change. Travel expenses, hotel, and training are on us! Mark your calendar for April 30, 2024!

Apply to Be a Strolling Thunder Family Now


With these stories, our goal is to push Congress to: 

Meet just a few of last year’s Strolling Thunder families and read about one mom’s experience visiting Capitol Hill. 

Become a Strolling Thunder Family

You are a powerful voice for your child and babies across the country. We are experts in policy. Together, we can help change policies and programs that matter to you and your baby.  

Read our frequently asked questions about being a Strolling Thunder family.

Apply Here!


It Takes a Village 

Can’t come to DC? Don’t meet the requirements to be a 2024 Strolling Thunder family? You can still be an advocate! Join our action network to receive news and alerts. 

Learn more about ZERO TO THREE’s Policy Center.