J. Ronald Lally, Ed.D. is co-director of WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies in Sausalito, California. An expert on early development, Dr. Lally has been a director of WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) since 1985. Dr. Lally is a founder and board member of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Dr. Lally is also a father and grandfather. Frustrated by US policies that fall short of what babies need, he has launched the For Our Babies campaign to raise public awareness and garner support for a better beginning for babies in the United States. His recent publications include: "Want School Success? Start With Babies!" Kappa Delta Pi Record, January, 2012; and "The Link Between Consistent Caring Interactions with Babies, Early Brain Development & School Readiness,” in The Pre-K Debates: Current Controversies and Issues, Brookes Publishing, Zigler, Gilliam& Barnett 2011.