Building Strong Foundations

The earliest years of life are a period of incredible growth and opportunity to shape strong and positive development from the start. Good health, secure and stable families, and positive early learning environments are necessary to foster children’s physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development during this significant period.

CLASP and ZERO TO THREE’s Building Strong Foundations: Advancing Comprehensive Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families project seeks to promote federal and state policies that address the wellbeing of infants, toddlers, and families. This project is guided by a Policy Framework, which is comprised of four principles describing the needs of infants and toddlers and their families based on a large body of developmental research.

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Read From the Ground Up: Establishing Strong Core Policies for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, which describes the rationale for investing in programs that support children’s development in the earliest years of life.

Read CLASP and ZERO TO THREE’s Policy Framework for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.

CLASP and ZERO TO THREE identified 13 policies core to advancing infant-toddler wellbeing. Each core policy area falls within one sector of the Policy Framework. Read the 13 core policies.

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Ullrich.