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Investing in the future: State supports for infants and toddlers


Recognizing the importance of these early years, the 23 states that received a renewal grant under the Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 (PDG-B5) initiative proposed a variety of efforts aimed at supporting the development of infants and toddlers. These efforts targeted three key areas: 1) expanding professional development (PD) opportunities for professionals who either work directly with infants and toddlers or those who support the program directors, teachers, and family child care providers; 2) supporting parents and families; and 3) strengthening and aligning the multiple support systems that serve infants and toddlers and their families, as well as those who work with them. In the year since states submitted their grant applications, COVID-19 has dramatically shifted the landscape for states to implement these PDG-B5 infant and toddler focused activities. Among other challenges, states had to figure out how to deliver their activities virtually, and stakeholders have been pulled in new directions, delaying the implementation of some activities or leading to their elimination all together. This report highlights states’ plans in each of these three infant/toddler areas and concludes by describing the changes that eight of the states had to make to their infant/toddler plans due to the pandemic. (author abstract)

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United States

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