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One in three children entered foster care in 2017 due to parental drug use
Child Trends highlights recent trends in foster care related to parental substance use. Read more
This information could be useful for states who are applying for the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) funding opportunity. Join InCK Marks for a webinar on the InCK Model on March 5th. More information

State of Babies Yearbook: 2019
Every baby is born with unlimited potential, yet far too many face challenges that affect their ability to reach it fully. See how babies are faring nationally and in your state in the new State of Babies Yearbook produced by ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends. Read more

Optimal Health and Development

Children develop fastest in their earliest years, and home visiting provides support to families and their developing young children. Results from the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) evaluation include: positive effects of home visiting programs and consistent effects across local programs. Read more
Exploring State Strategies for Financing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
The field of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) supports the early relationships children need that enable them to thrive. This report from ZERO TO THREE is a resource for strategies to advance IECMH policy in your state. Read more
Medicaid Incentives and Measures for Developmental Screening Map
Early identification and treatment of children at risk for developmental delay is critical to helping them achieve their full potential in life. A resource from the National Academy for State Health Policy presents a scan of state policies that leverage Medicaid for developmental screening. Read more
Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture that Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation
Motivation in young children is a core component of understanding brain development in early childhood. This new working paper from the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University unravels the topic of brain development responsible for motivation. Read more
Podcast: Voices from the Field
Early childhood adversity can have a profound impact on the developing brain, but these effects can be mitigated. Follow this new podcast from the National Pediatric Practice Community on Adverse Childhood Experiences for conversations with pioneering pediatric clinicians to implement and improve screening and intervention for ACEs. Learn more

Equitable Early Care and Education

From Opportunity to Change: State Experiences Implementing CCDBG
The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) increases access to early care and education for low-income families. This new report from CLASP highlights the 2014 re-authorization of CCDBG and states’ experiences implementing important policy changes in the law. Read more

Effective early childhood education provides a high-quality experience for all young children regardless of race. This new report from the National Black Child Development Institute provides a systems-level framework to eliminate early childhood expulsions and suspensions and advance racial equity. Read more
Understanding and Measuring Program Engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Improving the quality of early care and education through Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) is key to building comprehensive early childhood systems. This January publication from Child Trends seeks to inform QRIS strategies through five metrics that can be calculated across a state, local community, or program type. Read more
Learning about Young Children’s Challenging Behavior and Impacts on Programs and Families
Social-emotional learning promotes successful regulation of social and emotional skills. This new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty highlights the efforts of Virginia leaders to learn more about teachers’ experiences with children who demonstrate challenging behavior in early care and education settings. Read more
Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Innovation Spotlights
Building comprehensive early childhood systems requires innovative practices in the field in order to best serve young children. This guide from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge center presents a variety of resources highlighting innovation in Early Head Start and child care partnerships. Read more