January Action Alert: Share the 2022 State of Babies Yearbook With Congress
ZERO TO THREE’s State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 provides policymakers with the information they need to advance state policies to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever. Share the State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 with your members of Congress and encourage them to learn more about how your state measures up on nearly 60 data points essential to ensuring that babies have what they need to thrive.
The mental and physical well-being of our nation’s babies and toddlers are powerful indicators of our nation’s overall health.
But the State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 shows that all is not right for the littlest among us. The 2022 findings show the longstanding disparities in good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences, draining our nation’s future potential and leaving families to fend for themselves. These disparities show the barriers Black and brown babies and babies in families with low income face daily due to historic and current structural inequities. It is our responsibility – and the responsibility of our country’s leaders – to enact comprehensive, permanent, and vital child- and family-focused policies. We urgently need to build and strengthen the systems our babies need to thrive.
Every parent wants to give their child a strong start in life.
The State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 data reveal families with young children have long lacked the supports that would help in times of crisis or calm. To do better for our babies and our nation’s future, federal and state policymakers must enact policies that help babies and families.
○ The United States is home to 11.4 million babies who comprise 3.4 percent of the nation’s population.
○ The state in which a baby is born and lives in their first 3 years can make a difference in whether they have a strong start in life.
○ The U.S. ranks 38th for child poverty among 41 other nations.
○ In the absence of a national agenda that equitably prioritizes health, development, and basic economic security, there is tremendous variation across states in how and the extent to which babies and families are prioritized.
The objective for each edition of the State of Babies Yearbook is to ensure the data provided are most useful to policymakers and advocates in spurring action and tracking policies over time to support young children and their families.