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Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives

Welcome to Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives! Baby Matters is a searchable database that contains resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families.

The policies and initiatives are searchable by category, state, or keyword. A detailed description of each policy or initiative is provided, as well as links to additional related resources.

The policies and initiatives presented in Baby Matters are categorized by the elements of the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center's Infant & Toddler Policy Framework. Our framework focuses on key strategies across four main areas known to impact the healthy development of infants and toddlers:

Good Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Developmental Screening
Strong Families
  • Basic Needs
  • Parent Education
  • Home Visiting
  • Child Welfare
  • Family Leave
Positive Early Learning Experiences
  • Child Care
  • Early Head Start
  • Early Intervention
  • Governance/Leadership
  • Quality Improvement
  • Accountability and Evaluation
  • Financing
  • Public Engagement and Political Will Building
  • Regulations and Standards
  • Professional Development

The information presented in Baby Matters is gathered from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to): ZERO TO THREE Policy Center publications; state policy updates featured in The Baby Monitor, the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network's e-newsletter; and state data collected by the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative @ ZERO TO THREE. Please note that the nature and detail of the entries vary due to the diverse sources of information used in the database.

The database is updated on a regular basis. If you find inaccurate information or are aware of a new state policy or initiative that impacts infants, toddlers and their families, please email us at




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The creation of Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives was generously supported by the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.


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