During 2017, New York State Medicaid brought together a cross-section of over 200 stakeholders from education, child development, child welfare, pediatrics, and mental health to develop recommendations for how Medicaid could improve outcomes for the youngest New Yorkers, aged zero to three years, nearly sixty percent of whom are covered by Medicaid. 

The first 1,000 days of life present a crucial period of opportunity to support optimal development with lifelong consequences, as a child’s brain develops most rapidly during the first three years.  And interventions that help ensure healthy development and reduce childhood adversity in the early years have been shown to contribute to lifelong improvements in physical and mental health.  By taking an intentional focus on the early days, weeks, and years of a child’s life, New York has the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our children, with benefits that continue into youth and adulthood.

First 1,000 Days Overview



December 12, 2019 – First 1,000 Days on Medicaid Brief Update
Presented by Kate Breslin, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy President and CEO, for the Early Childhood Advisory Council.

May 8, 2019 – Leveraging Medicaid to Improve Outcomes for Children and the Role of Help Me Grow
Presented by Kate Breslin, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy President and CEO, and Liz Izakson, MD, Docs for Tots for the 10th Annual National Help Me Grow National Forum.

December 19, 2018 – New York Leads on the First 1,000 Days
Kate Breslin, President and CEO

April 20, 2018New York State and North Carolina conversation about Medicaid Managed Care and Children, Value-based Payment, and NYS’s First 1,000 Days on Medicaid Initiative. Presentation by Schuyler Center, United Hospital Fund, NYS Department of Health Medicaid and The Children’s Agenda.

March 14, 2018 – NYS Community Action Association 12th Annual Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security
Kate Breslin, President and CEO, and Juliette Price, Director of The Albany Promise, presented on the First 1,000 Days on Medicaid Initiative.

February 9, 2018 – The Schuyler Center and The Children’s Agenda hosted a webinar entitled, “Promoting the First 1,000 Days on Medicaid Initiative in the NYS Budget,to provide information about what is in the Executive Budget and how colleagues can help ensure implementation of the First 1,000 Days initiative. Resources from the webinar are provided below.