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Early Childhood Development|October 13, 2022

Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center Releases its 2022 State Policy Roadmap

Prenatal-to-3 (PN-3) has released its third annual State Policy Roadmap, providing a guide for each state on how they can implement evidence-based policies and strategies to improve outcomes for young children.

Early Childhood Development|September 30, 2022

Newsom Signs Bill Making Family Leave Affordable to More Workers

California expands paid family leave benefits for lower-income families with a measure that will improve the lives of children and families across the state.

Early Childhood Development|September 22, 2022

Finding a Fix for Child Care

As childcare workers leave the industry for better pay, childcare centers are closing or operating below capacity. With no expected federal support, some states are finding creative solutions to increase pay while making child care more available and affordable for families.

Early Childhood Development|August 9, 2022

Big Dollars for Little Kids: Early Childhood Education

Philanthropic investments in early childhood research and programs have spurred an increase in government funding for early childhood education and care.

Early Childhood Development|June 9, 2022

Pandemic Babies are Behind After Years of Stress, Isolation Affected Brain Development

Kids born in the COVID-19 era lag in certain skills and are more prone to challenging behaviors. Organizations such as HealthySteps are providing the additional support that experts say parents need.

Early Childhood Development|February 28, 2022

Small Business Child Care Providers Are Critical to the Stability of Families

Promise team members and leaders Kate Wylde and Dr. Choquette Hamilton share how small business child care providers are critical to the stability of families.

Early Childhood Development|January 27, 2022

Monthly Cash Support to Low-Income Families Impacts Infant Brain Activity

A just-released study from Baby’s First Years shows that an anti-poverty intervention had a direct impact on children’s brain development. After one year, infants of mothers in low-income households receiving $333 in monthly cash support were more likely to show faster brain activity, in a pattern associated with learning and development at later ages.

Early Childhood Development|November 17, 2021

Don’t Let Universal Pre-K Substitute for Universal Kindergarten Readiness

Andy Myers of Waterford.org argues that a more equitable, direct and holistic way of framing the issue of universal Pre-K is determining how we can achieve universal kindergarten readiness: "We should leverage the complete set of in-person and digital resources -- developed by educators and nonprofits both before and during the pandemic -- to ensure that all children have the core skills in academics, social-emotional development and school routines to be kindergarten-ready."

Early Childhood Development|November 1, 2021

As Washington Wrangles Over Spending, How Can Philanthropy Make the Case for Family Child Care?

Valhalla grantee All Our Kin has played a leadership role in building and professionalizing the child care sector for two decades. If the Biden administration's proposal to overhaul the child care system in the U.S. passes, there will be an historic opportunity to improve child care quality and supply.

Early Childhood Development|October 7, 2021

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy (PN-3) Impact Center Releases their 2021 State Policy Roadmap and Family Resource Comparison

PN-3 has released its second annual State Policy Roadmap that tracks progress state-by-state on the implementation of evidence-based policies and strategies to improve outcomes for young children. This year, PN-3 also analyzed the ways these policies interact with each other to impact the total resources available to families in each state, showing wide variation across the U.S.