Today Zero to Three released a new policy resource to help states advance infant-toddler policies. The resource, entitled, Infants and Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit for States, is a toolkit intended to help state policy leaders and advocates assess the current status of services for infants, toddlers, and their families and set priorities for improvement.

According to Zero to Three, “these goals form the framework for a policy agenda that creates a comprehensive range of services and supports that honor the needs and choices of families for their children. This self-assessment toolkit draws on research on effective policies and best practices to help states evaluate progress toward building an effective early childhood system and set priorities for improvement.”

The toolkit provides stakeholders with questions about how children are doing, existing state policies and initiatives, and optional stakeholder questions. Topics covered include: overview of families with infants and toddlers in state, good health, strong families, positive early learning experiences, and collaboration and system building.

Download the resource here.