Parents play the most active and significant role in their baby’s healthy development. Young children learn and grow in strong families where parents are able to successfully face the challenge of nurturing their children. During the first three years of life, experiences are shaping a child’s brain and providing the foundation for later development.
Families need high-quality, affordable early care and education programs that support child development, promote parents’ ability to support their children’s learning, and allow parents to work or go to school.
Vulnerable infants, toddlers, and families should have access to comprehensive early childhood services through Early Head Start. That's why the program is an key focus of CLASP's and ZERO TO THREE's "Building Strong Foundations" project.
Low-income families with infants and toddlers should get child care assistance to afford safe, stable, high-quality child care that promotes children’s development and parents’ education, training, and work. That's why child care assistance is an important focus of CLASP's and ZERO TO THREE'S Building Strong Foundations project.
Infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities should be identified and receive early intervention services in a timely manner. That's why CLASP and ZERO TO THREE'S "Building Strong Foundations" project includes a focus on early intervention programs.
CLASP and ZERO TO THREE have announced "Building Strong Foundations," a project promoting federal and state policy actions that comprehensively address the wellbeing on infants and toddlers and their families.