Zero to Three Report Ranks Which States Give Babies the Strongest Start in Life
For the 12 million infants and toddlers in the United States, the state where they are born and raised during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life.
A collaborative effort between ZERO TO THREE a nonprofit that supports early-childhood development, and Child Trends, a nonprofit research center, the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 is a first-of-its-kind resource that looks holistically at the well-being of babies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The national and state profiles provide clear insight into the bright spots that exist throughout the country and the places we have room to grow. The aim of this in-depth report is to increase policymakers’ awareness of the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and their families; garner greater support for child- and family-friendly policies and practices; and provide early childhood advocates and policymakers with the information they require to advance national and state policies responsive to these needs.
The current state of babies tells an important story about what it is like to be a very young child in this country, and where we are headed as a nation. Far too many babies face persistent hardships—such as food insecurity, unstable housing and exposure to violence—that undermine their ability to grow and thrive.
Source: Zero to Three | State of Babies Yearbook, https://stateofbabies.org | ©2019 Zero to Three
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