By sharing the relevant experience and knowledge of families, practitioners, and other experts through public appearances, publications, videos, community building, and advocacy work, For Our Babies shows how far the U.S. is from meeting the basic needs of our infants and toddlers, how our current treatment of infants harms them and our society, and how the support of positive early development benefits all.

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The Social Womb

Written and narrated by J. Ronald Lally, this 6-minute animation depicts why young brains need continuing nurturance, protection and enrichment once a child is born - a setting where the growing brain can flourish. He describes the development of a “social womb” similar in function to the nurturance a fetus receives while in the womb. Because of the lasting impact of early brain structuring, Lally argues that whether a baby is cared for at home or in child care, the conditions under which the infant’s brain develops must be taken seriously. Lally describes three key policy recommendations needed to support the creation of this social womb - paid leave, home visiting and high quality infant care.