While rising inequality and racial and ethnic diversity have played prominently in national policy discussions, the population most impacted by these changes has been largely absent from the conversation: children younger than 3 years old, collectively referred to as infants and toddlers. Infants and toddlers already experience poverty at the highest rate of any group. The current cohort is also leading the demographic shift toward a nation that is a majority people of color. In light of the convergence of these two trends, Center for American Progress will release a report positioning this group as an important bellwether for the future of the country. We will explore the patchwork of federal programs serving infants and toddlers and recommend a set of strategies to better align these services to make sure all children have a strong start.
Please join us as we discuss ways to improve the life outcomes for our youngest, most-vulnerable children.
Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, President, National Alliance for Hispanic Families
David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Giles Li, Executive Director, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Katie Hamm, Director of Early Childhood Policy, Center for American Progress