How Texas Policymakers Understand and Support Early Childhood Brain Development: Learnings from a Recent Survey

Research BriefEarly Childhood DataAug 19 2020

The most rapid period of brain development occurs from the prenatal stage through age 3.1 Experiences during these years have a lasting impact on children’s learning abilities, behavior, and overall health.2 Positive influences, including a loving and nurturing caregiver or access to high-quality child care, can strengthen early childhood brain development (ECBD) and foster advantageous life outcomes.3 By funding and regulating public services and programs to help children learn and strengthen families, policy plays a unique role in ECBD.

The Episcopal Health Foundation partnered with TexProtects and Child Trends to conduct a survey to learn what state and local policymakers in Texas know about ECBD, and how they use that information in their decision making. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of key findings from the 60 policymakers who responded to the survey.4