The Harvard Center on the Developing Child (HCDC) synthesizes and translates the science of child development in the service of building knowledge and shifting mindsets around how early adversity—including systemic racism and structural inequality—can impact lifelong health and well-being, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for children and their caregivers.
Housed at Vanderbilt University, the Policy Impact Center researches which existing state policies most improve infant and toddler school readiness, translates research into policy recommendations, and tracks and evaluates promising policies and programs across the country. They also engage key players and assist states with designing high-quality systems of care.
Managed by Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association, the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers is a coalition of thousands of organizations working at the federal, tribal, state and local levels to make sure all babies, toddlers and their families have what they need to thrive.
Council for a Strong America (CSA) combines three specialized national bipartisan organizations aimed at increasing awareness and support for national and state early childhood policies: Fight Crime: Invest In Kids (law enforcement leaders); Mission: Readiness (retired admirals and generals); and ReadyNation (business leaders). CSA identifies new members, mobilizing these "unexpected messengers" as champions to educate lawmakers on the importance of early childhood policy solutions and state and federal investments.
A small group of mothers started the MomsRising movement which now has over one million volunteers working to increase family economic security, end discrimination, and build a nation where businesses and families can thrive.
The National Association of Counties Research Foundation supports the nation’s county elected officials, executives, and staff in advancing their local prenatal-to-three efforts. The organization’s Counties for Kids initiative provides them with a greater understanding of their role and authority in the PN-3 system, shares best practices and innovative approaches, and develops champions for young children among their members.
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is the bipartisan membership organization serving all legislators and legislative staff in the 50 states, District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Working holistically across policy domains, NCSL provides legislators and their staff with educational resources, learning and networking opportunities, and technical assistance to help members make informed decisions on policies and programs affecting infants and toddlers and their families.
ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools, and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers.