Impact Area

Positive Early Learning Experiences


While parents and the family are the primary influence on young children’s healthy development, early care and education providers also play a significant role.

Key Findings

From January 2022 to April 2023, more than 75 %
of parents looking for infant-toddler child care had difficulty finding care.

Child care remains unaffordable in every state, with the cost of infant care ranging from 7.3 percent of a married family’s income in Mississippi to 16.7 percent in California—all higher than the federal affordability standard of 7 percent.

The State of Babies

The state where a child is born and lives during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life. See how your state stacks up—and view where significant disparities exist in the opportunities available for babies.

State Policy Initiatives

Learn how states are improving outcomes for babies by searching ZERO TO THREE’s collection of articles highlighting innovative state policies and initiatives, searchable by issue area or state.

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Positive Early Learning Experiences

The Positive Early Learning Experiences domain addresses infants and toddlers’ exposure to learning experiences at home, families’ access to child care (including costs and the reach of assistance to families), child care quality, and the extent to which babies receive developmental screening and early intervention services.


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