Complete Neighborhoods for Babies, Toddlers, and Their Caregivers

October 2021


A complete neighborhood for babies, toddlers, and caregivers is one where the built environment and mobility options support the health and well-being of families with young children, such that they thrive. This neighborhood includes a mix of services and activities that are safely accessible through walking, and are well-connected to the rest of the city through high-quality public transport. It is, in essence, transit-oriented development (TOD).

While TOD is a familiar concept, it has not often been examined through the lens of babies, toddlers, and their caregivers to understand how TOD can deliver better outcomes for them and respond to their specific needs. This guide seeks to address that.

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