Developing and implementing early childhood policy is complex but done well can have a profound impact on the trajectory of growth for all children. Challenging factors that contribute to this complexity include the multiple contexts in which children access early childhood services, level of local and state commitment to collaboration, navigating state configurations of early childhood systems, and cultivating leaders with early childhood competencies. State policy should support children to move seamlessly through the birth through age 8 continuum known as early childhood. This entry addresses the multifaceted structure of early childhood state policy making.

Collective Impact

The early childhood research is clear: How adults, communities, and state governments act impacts the developing brain. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University authored A Science-Based Framework ...

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