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How to Implement Trauma-Informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma
Childhood outcomes are like a scale that can be tipped positively with experiences and influences that help health and development. Child Trends explores the impact of childhood trauma and how to implement trauma-informed care to tip the scale of resilience. Read More

Public Spending on Infants and Toddlers in Six Charts
Building a strong foundation in the early years increases the probability of positive outcomes. A new brief from the Urban Institute finds that infant and toddler investments are strongly driven by federal policy. Read More

Optimal Healthy Development

The construction process of a child’s brain begins before birth. New research from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University shows that states that expand Medicaid improve the health of both women and their children. Medicaid expansion is also an important solution for reducing racial disparities in maternal health and mortality. Read More 
The way early brain development occurs is like a game of ping-pong: the back-and forth interaction is the essence of the game. Children “serve” and adults “return” by responding appropriately. Check out this resource from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Read More
Fathers: Powerful Allies for Maternal and Child Health
Fathers play an essential role in ensuring children reach their full potential. The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) explores the importance of father engagement during the first years of life. Read More
The Early Home Environment of Latino Children: A Research Synthesis
Early experiences shape the brain and establish either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the development that follows. A new report from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families finds that the evidence of early home experiences of Latino children is limited in scope while focusing on adversity and suggests implications for further research to better serve Latino children. Read More

Early Childhood System Building

Vermont Uses an Accountable Care Organization Model to Prioritize Developmental Screenings during Well-Child Visits

Increasing rates of developmental screening during the first three years of life help monitor the construction of brain architecture. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) describes Vermont’s strategy to prioritize developmental screenings and includes the efforts of Help Me Grow Vermont. Read More
Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda
High-quality early learning experiences are critical to building a sound foundation during the first years of life. A new brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides a call to action for state leaders who can play a key role in advancing equitable policies to support early learning. Read More
Placing Equity Concerns at the Center of Knowledge Development
A more prosperous future for all children depends on closing the severe equity gaps defined by race, ethnicity, class, income, immigration status, gender, and geography. The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) explores what it means to build and apply evidence with a social justice lens.Read More
2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The well-being of all children depends on a variety of factors. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides an updated look at state-by-state education, economic, health, and community indicators that often vary by race and ethnicity. Read More
Closing the Gap: How CCR&Rs Can Help Communities Meet their Child Care Supply and Demand Needs
A strong early childhood system depends on the ability to link families to the resources they need.Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies help fill the gaps between child care supply and demand. A new brief from Child Care Aware of America highlights the work of CCR&Rs and provides solutions to build a stronger early childhood system. Read More