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2021 NATIONAL PRENATAL-TO-3 RESEARCH TO POLICY SUMMIT: State Investments Impacting the Earliest Years

October 7, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm Central Time
Virtual and Free

Join thousands of policymakers, scholars, and practitioners across the country to learn how to strengthen state policies that impact the foundational prenatal-to-3 development period, starting with rigorous evidence. We have a full agenda and can't wait to share the new 2021 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap.

The National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit will be held virtually only on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm Central Time. There is no registration fee to attend. Registration form is below on this page.


  • Top Takeaways from States - Through all the challenges of the past year, many states have remained committed and increased investments that strengthen systems impacting the prenatal to age 3 period (PN-3). Hear directly from state leaders about what actions they've taken and what lessons they've learned over this historic year. 
  • 2021 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap Release – The annual Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap is the go-to guide for the field that details which specific state policies and strategies are most impactful on the PN-3 development period and where states are on each of them.  The new 2021 Roadmap has been streamlined and is packed with new data to incorporate into your work. We'll highlight what's changed for states this year and who to watch for more.
  • Same Family, Different Support – State policy choices have a significant impact on the resources available to families. See the Roadmap come to life in a unique in-depth analysis of how a set of state policy choices leads to substantial variation in the resources available to a sample family of three – a single mother with an infant and a toddler, who works full time at a minimum wage job – based on the state in which they live.
  • On the Horizon – Through systematic, rigorous reviews of research, the Policy Impact Center works to identify which state investments best support the most sensitive and rapid period of a child’s developing brain and body. Hear about our newest reviews of the evidence on promising and innovative prenatal-to-3 policies and strategies, including the child allowance, fair work scheduling, and more.

Speakers and Panelists

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The 2021 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap: States’ Progress, Despite Huge Challenges

Kaeley Benson, Ph.D. - Assistant Director, Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center

Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. – Director, Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center; Associate Dean, The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs 

Panel: Transforming State Government to Support the Earliest Years

Jovanna Archuleta - Assistant Secretary for Native American Early Education and Care, New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department

Jenna Conway - Deputy Superintendent, Early Childhood Care and Education, Virginia Department of Education

Janis Gonzales, M.D. - Chief Health Officer, New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department

Elizabeth Groginsky - Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department

Kayla Hahn, Ph.D. - Policy Director, Office of Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson

Robert C. White, Jr. - Councilmember At-Large, Council of the District of Columbia


Panel: Spotlights on States’ Policy Progress

Stephanie Hilferty, State Representative, Louisiana House of Representatives

Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Ph.D. - State Senator, Illinois State Senate

M. Teresa Ruiz - State Senator, New Jersey State Senate

Claire Wilson - State Senator, Washington State Senate

Same Family, Different Support: State Policy Choices Lead to Varying Levels of Family Resources

Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. – Director, Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center; Associate Dean, The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs

On the Horizon: New Research to Build the Evidence Base

Abby Lane, Ph.D. - Prenatal-to-3 Policy Clearinghouse Senior Research Associate, Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center