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Highlighting Help Me Grow: Early Childhood Two-Generation State Policy Profiles
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) Early Childhood Two-Generation State Policy Profiles provide an overview of policies affecting children and their families. NCCP recently updated the profiles with a new policy benchmark to track whether a state has at least one Help Me Grow affiliate site with a fully implemented centralized access point. Read More

Building Resilience in Young Children: Experiences Promoting Protective Factors in Six Pediatric Practices
Protective factors serve as a buffer towards mitigating the impact of  toxic stress. HMG National, in collaboration with the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI), explores the role pediatric practices can plan in promoting children’s optimal healthy development. Read More

Optimal Healthy Development

Integrating Services for Children, Youth, and their Families: Considerations and New Opportunities
Children’s optimal healthy development depends, in part, on integrated, collaborative services.The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) provides insight to building an integrated approach to care with the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model in mind. Read More | View more InCK Resources

Adverse childhood experiences are different than child trauma, and it’s critical to understand
Adverse childhood experiences, child adversity, child trauma, and toxic stress are all factors that influence child development and later outcomes in life. While all linked, Child Trends explains the distinct – and crucial – differences in these concepts. Read More

What is executive function? And how does it relate to child development?
Early childhood brain development occurs rapidly during the first three years of life. The Center on the Developing Child explores the role of the brain’s executive function. Read More

Early Childhood Systems Building

Early Childhood System Performance Assessment Toolkit 
Building comprehensive early childhood systems requires innovative practices in the field in order to best serve young children. This toolkit from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) provides new guidance for early childhood systems building in your community. Read More

Child Care Supply by Congressional District
Access to affordable, high-quality early care and education provides children with experiences that support children’s learning and development and meets their unique needs. Yet, affordable, high-quality early care and education remains in limited supply across the country. A new resource from the Center for American Progress maps this supply by congressional district. Read More

Paid Family Leave Policies and Population Health
Paid family and medical leave allows working families to care for their newborn and supports optimal healthy development. Health Affairs analyzes existing evidence that suggests paid family and medical leave may have promising benefits for maternal and child health. Read More