'Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs'

'Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs'

The proportion of infants and toddlers who live in a low-income household (almost 50 percent) or in poverty (more than 25 percent) has increased since the Great Recession, a report from the finds. To address the situation, the report, (27 pages, PDF), offers a variety of policy recommendations, including more funding for quality early childhood care and programs such as Early Head Start; creating a common application and screening process that streamlines eligibility requirements for all early childhood programs; making it easier for states to apply for federal support for infant and toddler services; developing more evidence-based programs; and strengthening outreach efforts across the country. The report concludes by urging policy makers to recognize that investing in programs for infants and toddlers is an investment not only in our children, but in a brighter future for the country as a whole.