Take Action for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (All States)

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives took an important step toward supporting the healthy development of babies and toddlers when it passed its FY2020 Appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which doubled funding for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Promotion, Intervention and Treatment grants. Now it’s the Senate’s turn. 

We need your voice to urge the Senate to #ThinkBabiesAndAct! Email your Senators and remind them of the importance of investing in this important program for babies and toddlers in 2020.

Take Action TODAY for Child Care, Early Head Start, and Early Intervention (All States)

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives took an important step toward expanding access to key programs for children and families when it passed its FY2020 Appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which included a $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, a $1.5 billion increase for Head Start, including $525 million for Early Head Start, and a $21.3 million increase for Part C Early Intervention. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to ensure babies and families have what they need to thrive.

We need your voice to urge the Senate to #ThinkBabiesAndAct! Email your Senators and remind them of the importance of investing in key programs for young children in FY2020.

Tell Congress to Protect Babies at the Border (All States)

At this moment, very young children are experiencing trauma after crossing our southern border with their families and moving into U.S. custody. Numerous credible reports show that babies and toddlers are being held in detention at the border and in facilities around the country, often separated from their families and under grossly inadequate care. Such practices are tantamount to child abuse. Send an email today to tell your Members of Congress to use what decades of science and research tell us in considering how young children are treated at the border.

Urge Congress to RISE for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health! (All States)

In a time when many communities do not have infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) practitioners to serve the needs of children and families, the Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (“RISE”) from Trauma Act (S. 1770, H.R. 3180) is intended to increase the numbers of trained practitioners able to provide developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed mental health services to young children. Reach out to your Members of Congress today and encourage them to support the RISE from Trauma Act.

Invest in America's Future with Early Head Start (All States)

As Early Head Start celebrates 25 years, we urge Congress to expand on its promise and reach more babies and families living in poverty. Evidence-based and community-driven, Early Head Start uses a comprehensive, two-generational approach to support healthy prenatal outcomes, build strong parent-child relationships, and enhance the intellectual, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers to promote later success. But 93% of eligible infants and toddlers for EHS are not currently being served. Take action below!

Encourage Congress to learn about how babies are faring in your state (All States)

ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends’ State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 provides policymakers the information they need to advance national and state policies to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Share the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 with your Members of Congress and encourage them to learn more about how your state measures up on nearly 60 indicators that are essential to ensuring babies have what they need to thrive.