COVID-19: Keep the Pressure on Congress to Act for Babies (All States)
As Congress and the Administration continue the standoff on the next COVID relief bill, the needs of infants and toddlers remain critical. Babies and families need urgent action. Complete the form below to ask your Members of Congress to Think Babies and Act and prioritize the issues that offer immediate support and long-term stability for families with babies and toddlers.
Take Action for Infant-Toddler Court Teams (All States)
Every year in the United States, nearly 200,000 infants and toddlers experience abuse or neglect. This may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many families under significant stress due to social isolation, economic uncertainty, mental health concerns, or fear of falling ill.
In its current form, the child welfare system is not set up to support the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Infant-Toddler Court Teams can help. Urge your Representative to cosponsor the Strengthening America’s Families Act, which would support state efforts to implement this approach with a successful track record of improving outcomes for babies and families in the child welfare system.
Take Action: Fight to Sustain Child Care (All States)
Without significant investment to sustain it through the COVID-19 crisis, the child care system is at risk of collapse. As Congressional leaders make decisions about the next COVID relief package, they need to hear from you! Use the form below to urge your Members of Congress to invest the $50 billion that the child care system needs to endure as an essential support for working families and their children.
State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 (All States)
ZERO TO THREE’s State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 provides policymakers with the information they need to advance federal and state policies to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. With the impact of COVID-19 on families across the country, telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever. Share the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 with your Members of Congress and encourage them to learn more about how your state measures up on nearly 60 data points essential to ensuring babies have what they need to thrive during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
All working families deserve access to paid leave and child care (All States)
Urge Congress to invest in our nation’s future by supporting comprehensive paid family and medical leave policies and quality, affordable child care solutions for working families. Take action below to send an email to your Members of Congress.
Urge Your Members of Congress to Act for Babies at the Border (All States)
As the immigration landscape shifts, Congress needs to know that babies are deeply affected by immigration practices that disrupt or undermine their families, including separation and detention. Decades of research show that this kind of trauma, particularly when not addressed by an experienced and trusted clinician, has severe and short-and long-term implications for both physical and emotional health, increasing young children’s risk for learning difficulties, problems forming relationships, and adult health issues.
Babies at the border need your voice today! Email your Members of Congress now and urge them to take a stand for babies.
I Pledge to Think Babies (All States)
Thousands of advocates for babies and toddlers have pledged to Think Babies™ and join the team that’s fighting to make the potential of every baby our national priority. You can Be a Big Voice for Little KidsTM by getting to know your Members of Congress and offering to be a resource for them on issues that impact their youngest constituents and their families. Whether you are an early childhood professional, a parent, or an advocate – your voice is crucial in making sure that your Members of Congress know what babies and toddlers need to thrive.
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.