The science is clear: Our brains grow faster between the ages of 0 and 3 than at any later point in our lives. Every second, more than one million new neural connections form. These connections have a lifelong impact on how babies learn and grow, and are stimulated and strengthened by nurturing relationships, early learning experiences and good health and nutrition. 

Our future begins with babies. We can help make sure all families have the resources and support they need to give their babies a strong start in life.

ZERO TO THREE created Think Babies™ to make the potential of every baby our national priority. Early experiences shape how a baby’s brain develops, laying the foundation for future learning, behavior and health. Think Babies™ brings nationwide attention to what babies and families need to thrive.

This year marks the first time that ZERO TO THREE will partner with leading children’s advocacy organizations in six states to bring Think Babies closer to home. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is proud to be a part of this work!

Think Babies Rhode Island 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will work closely with ZERO TO THREE to develop and implement campaigns that advance policies benefiting infants and toddlers. Please see our media release announcing this exciting partnership! 

Areas of focus will include: 

  • Increasing access to affordable, quality child care for infants and toddlers; 
  • Ensuring access to paid family leave policies; 
  • Increasing access to infant and early childhood mental health services; 
  • Ensuring access to voluntary, evidence-based home visiting for families with infants and toddlers; and 
  • Increasing access to child and family screenings, supports and linkages to needed services.
  • To learn more about Think Babies Rhode Island, please contact Leanne Barrett

Strolling Thunder Rhode Island

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, organized a major advocacy event to bring approximately 40 Rhode Island families with babies and toddlers to the State House. Strolling Thunder Rhode Island took place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Please see the fantastic event pictures, Twitter activity, Capitol TV clipmedia release, and Kidoinfo coverage!


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.


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Providence, RI 02903


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