New NACo Resource Highlights Prenatal-to-Three Efforts

NACo has a new resource to inform and help guide policymakers about local government efforts on prenatal-to-three coordination.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has a new resource to highlight examples of intergovernmental coordination at the county and municap levels for prenatal-to-three (PN-3) efforts: We Can’t Do It Alone: Strategies for State and Local Coordination on Prenatal-to-Three Efforts.

In 2020, NACo, the National League of Cities and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) created the Government in Action learning series to promote efficiency and cooperation across levels of government. Building on that virtual programming, in late 2022, NACo convened a group of state teams in Washington DC to discuss strategies for intergovernmental coordination around prenatal-to-three policies.

NACo’s new resource, We Can’t Do It Alonedraws on best practices and lessons learned from this roundtable and the Government in Action series. The New resource highlights key strategies to help state and local leaders identify common challenges and actionable strategies to strengthen alignments between state, county, and city governments and coordinate PN-3 agendas in their communities. The resource explores:

  • PN-3 authorities and levers at each level of government
  • Strategies for each level of government to advance healthy births, supported families and high-quality care and education
  • Real world examples of intergovernmental coordination around PN-3, and
  • Strategies for state and local coordination in PN-3.

MACo is part of NACo’s PN-3 State Association Cohort of peer learning network to share best practices, PN-3 policy ideas, and more. The Prenatatal-to-Three (PN-3) Peer Learning Community for State Associations of Counites is part of the National Association of Counties (NACo)’s Counties for Kids program, in partnership with the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.

The PN-3 community provides a peer learning experience for state associations of counties and serves as a resource in helping to build capacity within respective state associations to support county leaders in their pursuit of local investments and state-local coordination on early childhood policies, funding, and services.

Other states participating in NACo’s PN-3 community include North Carolina, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.

Access NACo’s We Can’t Do It Alone