Birth-to-Three Policy Initiative
Imagine what would happen if every child—regardless of race, income, or opportunity—experienced consistent, high-quality developmental interactions and experiences from birth?
Building upon a century of hands-on experience and research in early childhood and educator preparation, Bank Street College of Education spent the last year conducting research to uncover the greatest opportunities to reform birth to age three policy so all infants and toddlers have access to experiences that effectively support the long-term cognitive, social, and emotional development of our youngest learners.
While two thirds of the country’s youngest children spend their day in the care of someone other than a parent, less than 10% of child care arrangements offer high-quality care. By 24 months, many toddlers living in poverty already show both behavioral and cognitive delays, mirroring the achievement gap as children move through the K-12 system. At the same time, infant/toddler educators receive little training and are paid so poorly that nearly one half of them depend on public assistance.
Bank Street has published two reports identifying opportunities for systems-level change that, if implemented at scale, offer every baby the chance to grow.