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The Prenatal to Five Initiative envisions a Wisconsin where all young children grow up healthy, supported, and well.

Prenatal to Five Initiative

Recognizing that the early months and years of children’s lives are crucial to their healthy development, the Prenatal to Five Initiative (P25) collaborates with partners across the state and Tribal communities to study and advocate on issues including childcare, housing, nutrition, physical health, education, and parenting. P25 is based out of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is administratively hosted by the CommNS.


Areas of focus

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Education to support the prenatal-to-five professional workforce

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Outreach programs to promote evidence-based practices among providers

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Research with partners to address key interests and dissemination of findings

P25 has undertaken important partnership-building activities and engagement with policymakers, including:

View P25’s issue brief for policymakers.

"The earlier the investment, the higher the return."


Dr. Janean Dilworth-Bart

Position title: Prenatal to Five Initiative Co-Director

Amy Korth

Position title: Prenatal to Five Initiative Co-Director

Amy Meinen

Position title: Prenatal to Five Initiative Co-Director


For more information and to connect with Prenatal to Five efforts and opportunities, contact

1“2019 State Child Care Facts in the State of: Wisconsin,” Child Care Aware of America.
2“Affordability 2019” and “Access 2019,” Child Care Data Center: Wisconsin, Child Care Aware of America.