State and Local Government Prenatal to 3 Collaboration in Action


The first three years of life are the ‘brick and mortar of brain’ development, setting the foundation for all learning. During this time, the brain develops at a speed faster than at any other point later in life.

Parents are often stretched in these earliest months and years, but they do not have to do it alone. Local and state governments can influence what resources and opportunities are available in communities for families which can have a real impact on the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families.

As the COVID-19 pandemic cast new light on existing economic and social inequities affecting millions across the U.S.– coordination of efforts will be key as the country aims to work towards an equitable recovery. Local and state governments can effectively provide parents and communities support during these critical and stressful times.

In the spirit of this drive towards efficiency and cooperation, the National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) have teamed up to develop the State and Local Government Prenatal to Three Collaboration in Action Series. The series will help local leaders identify common challenges and actionable strategies to strengthen alignments between city, county, and state governments in support of a prenatal through age three agenda for families in their communities.

State and Local Government Prenatal to Three Collaboration in Action will consist of three virtual conversations in 2021:

  • Fireside Chat led by NLC in March will highlight how the collective role of government is crucial in drumming up public support for advancing prenatal to three efforts as the country responds to and recovers from COVID-19 and reforms systems with young children in mind.
  • Roundtable led by NACoRF in the summer will support state and local coordination on PN-3 by bringing state, county, and city leaders together on expanding PN-3 policy, programs, and systems statewide and within respective local jurisdictions.
  • Intergovernmental Coordinating Conversation led by NCSL in the fall will connect policymakers from state, county, and city levels to explore potential coordinated legislative efforts to establish programs, services and systems supporting all young children and their families.

The series is generously supported by The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers, funded through the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.

Learn more

To learn more about NLC’s work around Early Childhood Success contact our team at the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.