Recommendation: Promote family engagement and partnerships between families with infants and toddlers and their child care providers and caregivers.
Recommendation: Make appropriate health, mental health, and developmental screenings and follow-up available for vulnerable infants and toddlers through connections with all infant and toddler providers and caregivers.
Recommendation: Link comprehensive health, mental health, and family support services for vulnerable babies and toddlers to all child care settings, and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate service information to parents, providers, and caregivers.
Recommendation: Build the supply of high-quality child care settings for all babies and toddlers, with a special focus on underserved communities-including those in low-income, rural, and/or immigrant and language-minority communities.
Recommendation: Use state child care subsidy policies to support stable, continuous access to the highest-quality providers and caregivers for infants and toddlers in low-income families.
Recommendation: Provide all parents of infants and toddlers with culturally and linguistically appropriate information on choosing high-quality care and subsidy eligibility.
CLASP's Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project links research to policy ideas and examples that support the healthy growth and development of infants and toddlers in child care settings. The project provides resources to help states make the best decisions for infants and toddlers in child care.
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