We’re Making Economic Security for Infants & Toddlers a Priority

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Families are the bedrock of a thriving country and economy. When we address the economic insecurity that many families face and ensure that everyone with infants and toddlers can afford the basic necessities of food, healthcare, housing, child care and transportation, we are laying a strong foundation where everyone—children, families and communities—can thrive.

One year ago, the American Rescue Plan was passed into law. This landmark piece of legislation was aimed at building a bridge to economic recovery for working families. For many people, it did just that. From increasing the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to providing assistance with mortgages and rent, lowering health insurance costs, and extending unemployment benefits for millions, the provisions in the American Rescue Plan have given many the help they needed to recover from the financial impact of COVID-19. 

These investments have been historic, but the continued, sweeping impacts of the pandemic mean millions of families of young children are still struggling with economic insecurity, and without a stable foundation, these children won’t have the start they need and deserve to succeed. During the first three years of life, the brains and bodies of infants and toddlers develop faster than at any other  point. Their early experiences—both positive and negative—will shape their ability to learn and their overall social, emotional, and physical health for years to come.

  1. Every child deserves a STRONG START IN LIFE. It's time to get it right.

For young children to have the stability necessary during this critical time of rapid growth and development, we must ensure that families have the resources to access: 

  • safe housing
  • nutritious foods,
  • adequate clothing and diapers, and 
  • regular access to medical care.

The first anniversary of the  American Rescue Plan signifies a moment to spotlight just how important economic security is to building a strong foundation for children—for their future and the future of their communities.

In honor of this occasion, we’ve signed onto an Open Letter to the Nation, led by The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, which aims to educate the public and raise awareness about the urgent priorities that support the prenatal-to-three population. Progress made in these areas will yield meaningful dividends into the future for our economy, our communities, and our families. 

This Open Letter calls on bold leadership around the following priorities: 

  • Economic Security for All
  • High-quality, Affordable Child Care
  • Comprehensive Family Supports
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Equitable Policy Implementation

Read the full letter here and join us, along with nearly 1,500 organizations (and counting) in pledging to support this movement: https://bit.ly/3CdVxS0