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Early Childhood Matters: What Texas Policymakers Know About ECBD and How To Advocate For A Better Texas Tomorrow

The first three years of life are a critical and sensitive period for brain development that can shape biology, behavior, and health across the lifespan. Therefore, these early years impact educational outcomes, economic productivity, and the successful parenting of the next generation. The positive and negative experiences and interactions in our early years become the foundation for our future.

With funding from the Episcopal Health Foundation, Child Trends and TexProtects spent six months between September 2019 and February 2020 conducting a survey to better understand policymakers’ knowledge and attitudes about early childhood brain development (ECBD).

This report applies newly acquired research about Texas policymakers’ understanding of ECBD to inform and develop targeted messaging strategies and policy recommendations. While the intent of the report is not to thoroughly outline the science of ECBD, it should resource advocates with consistent terminology, talking points, and policy solutions so that, as a state, we can better capitalize on the opportunities of the early years and ensure brighter futures.

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TexProtects Report

ChildTrends Survey Data Two-Pager

TexProtects The Story of Early Childhood Two-Pager

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