Pritzker Children’s Initiative Prenatal-to-Age-Three State Grant

Pritzker Children’s Initiative Prenatal-to-Age-Three State Grant


  • Vision: All expectant families and those with very young children in Maryland thrive.
  • Mission: Establish, enhance and expand high-quality programs and services for all expectant families and those with young children across Maryland. We will also increase awareness of the critical importance of equity and early life experiences in achieving lifelong health, learning, and well-being.
  • Goal of the Pritzker Prental-to-Three Planning Grant: Establish a coalition of diverse stakeholders; develop an action plan and implementation strategy to increase high-quality services to pregnant women and children from birth to three in Maryland, particularly those at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
  • Goal of the NGA Policy Academy: Develop a prenatal-to-three system that coordinates and aligns programs; structures funding streams to avoid duplication and gaps in services; and achieves greater efficiencies.

Pritzker Timeline

Progress as of January 2020

On January 14, 2020 planning grant deliverables were submitted to the Pritzker Children’s Initiative. A summery of the submitted plan is as follows:

Maryland’s PN-3 State Collaboration will increase the quality and availability of programs and services to at-risk pregnant women and children under 36 months by at least 25 percent (16,063) over the next three years, and by 50 percent (32,125) over the next five years with a focus on equity and on meeting the needs of families experiencing adversity, including families of color, English language learners, children with special medical and behavioral needs, and children from families and communities of low income. With a mix of federal, state, local, and private funding, Maryland will accomplish these targets by building a strong infrastructure that requires cross-disciplinary decision-making and budgeting – with authentic parent leadership – and by establishing, enhancing, and/or expanding over thirty programs and services that will help us reach more at-risk pregnant women and children prenatal to age three. Our four strategic goals are:

  • Expand access to high quality prenatal and early childhood care and services to support health and development, especially for low-income and at-risk families (Good Health/Healthy Beginnings);
  • Increase access by families of young children to programs that value strong and positive relationships within families and ensure that parents, infants, and toddlers receive a comprehensive set of services that promotes maternal health, infant and toddler development, and family well-being (Strong Families/Family Support);
  • Increase access to high quality, affordable infant-toddler child care and early learning experiences for low-income and other at-risk families (Positive Early Learning Experiences/Early Care and Learning); and
  • Focus on systems and infrastructure development to ensure a sustainable prenatal-to-age-three (PN-3) continuum of care and support the programmatic and service goals.

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health facilitation team:
Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, William H. Gates Sr. Professor and Chair, Population, Family, & Reproductive Health
Alexis Campell, Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Anne Duggan, ScD, Vice Chair for Research and Professor Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Allison West, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Charge of Program/Services Work Group: Make recommendations to the State Collaborative about:

  • What it takes to raise children to their full potential, prenatal to age 3, and what supports therefore should be established, enhanced, expanded, or eliminated in Maryland communities; and
  • How those supports are best configured at the community level to provide easy access, active use, and good results, especially of/by/for traditionally underserved populations.
  • Download the Program/Services Work Group Roster

Charge of Finance/Structure Work Group: Make recommendations to the State Collaborative about:

  • The structure or structures of governance, administration, and quality assurance (resource development, accountability, staff skill building, technical assistance, evaluation, and other quality control and capacity-building functions) that is/are needed to support the prenatal-to-3 system in Maryland at the community, jurisdiction, and state levels; and
  • The opportunities that exist or could be created to generate new or better leverage existing public and private investment in the prenatal-to-3 system in Maryland.
  • Download the Finance/Structure Work Group Roster

Charge of the State Collaborative: Review and approve recommendations submitted by the Program/Services and Finance/Structure Work Groups.

Charge of the Leadership Council: Review, comment on, and approve recommendations submitted by the State Collaborative.

Charge of Key Leaders: Coordinate the planning process, oversee project management by a consultant team, and attend all meetings of the full State Collaborative, the work groups, and the Leadership Council, ensuring that efforts are appropriately sequenced and complementary.

Contact: Margaret E. Williams, Maryland Family Network
Warren Jones, Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Maryland Family Network 443.873.5840 or