CFRP Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center

Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at CFRP

Research for Action and Outcomes


The science is clear that prenatal to age 3 is the most critical period for a child’s developing brain and body, building the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. Having a strong start and the presence of strong caregiver-child relationships during this time are key to healthy development.

Learn more about the importance of the earliest years from the Prental-to-3 Policy Impact Center: Why Do We Focus on the Prenatal-to-3 Age Period?: Understanding the Importance of the Earliest Years.

What’s not as clear is how to translate that science to improving outcomes for kids and strengthening equity. The mission of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center is to build on the science and identify which policies create the conditions to give all infants and toddlers what they need to thrive. Their signature resources include:

  • National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit – An annual national summit for state policymakers, scholars, practitioners, and advocates bringing together those who research early childhood and those who implement prenatal-to-3 policies and programs
  • Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Clearinghouse – An ongoing inventory of rigorous evidence reviews of state-level policies and strategies that impact the prenatal to age 3 developmental period
  • Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap – An annual policy guide grounded in evidence that provides states actionable solutions to improve outcomes for all young children
  • Prenatal-to-3 Policy-Research Exchange – A forum for early childhood stakeholders to exchange ideas and experiences to advance scholarship and evidence-informed policymaking
  • Building Evidence and Equity – A prioritized research agenda, developed in collaboration with scholars and practitioners, to continue to build a strong and equitable prenatal-to-3 system of care

Learn more about the work and extensive resources of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at and subscribe for email updates.

With initial support from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, a project of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, The University of Texas at Austin established the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in the fall of 2019. The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is the home of the Policy Impact Center, and both are founded and directed by Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies at the LBJ School.