Building Strong Foundations: Racial Inequity in Policies that Impact Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Despite comprising a large share of our young child population, infants and toddlers being raised in minority households disproportionately lack resources that would otherwise help them thrive in their childhood. These disparities are rooted in discriminatory policies throughout U.S. history that have blocked opportunity for people of color. Families of color have always been resilient in the face of adversity, but the impacts of historical policy decisions persist today. Despite progress toward equity, current policies continue to fall short.

States need to recognize disparities, take concrete steps to reform policies, and invest in communities where resources are unequal. As a nation, we must ensure equity is at the forefront of every policy conversation to promote positive outcomes for our increasingly diverse population of young children.

This resource was brought to you by Zero to Three, the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs.

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