Public policy is a key lever for removing barriers, promoting opportunities, and expanding and sustaining practices for Early Relational Health.
The Early Relational Health policy goals are designed to create strong, positive, and nurturing relationships and environments for young children in the context of their cultural traditions and communities. Through our policy agenda, we call on policymakers at all levels to:
- Advance equity in the design of all policies.
- Support family economic security and mobility for two-generational success, including paid family leave, the child tax credit, and assistance to address insufficient food, housing, income, and other concrete needs.
- Ensure providers serving families are trained in ERH principles and best practices, including anti-racist and anti-bias training approaches.
- Scale up and sustain evidence-based interventions and community system innovations that promote ERH.
- Develop a diverse and well-trained relational workforce, including community health workers, doulas, home visitors, and others.
- Advance high-performing medical homes using team-based, family-driven approaches, with relational care coordination.
- Increase access to maternal, infant, and early childhood mental health, beginning prenatally and including promotion, prevention, and treatment for parents and children together.
- Strengthen early childhood systems in communities, with linkages and coordination among health, family support, early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, mental health, housing, child welfare, and other services and informal supports.