Babies Are Born With Unlimited Potential

The story of America’s babies has never been more important.

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 makes clear that our nation’s systems have not ensured all babies have the supports they need to thrive. A nation that tolerates grave disparities and does not prize equity cannot be strong in the long term.

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Using the State of Babies Yearbook to Illuminate the Social Determinants of Health for Infants and Toddlers

This report uses State of Babies Yearbook data to cast light on the Social Determinants of Health specifically for babies and their families, providing policymakers and practitioners with a robust picture of the level of economic and social resources available to our nation’s babies.

By the Numbers

The nation’s infant mortality rate, 5.1 deaths
per 1,000 live births, is higher than other industrialized countries.
0 in 7
households with babies were experiencing food insecurity before the pandemic.
Only 5 %
of infants and toddlers in poverty are reached by Early Head Start.

The State of Babies

The state where a child is born and lives during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life. See how your state stacks up—and where significant disparities exist in the opportunities available for babies.


Virtual Summits and Webinars

This year, experts and advocates came together to discuss the impacts of economic security, child care, and maternal and child health on the well-being of infants and toddlers. Families from across the nation also shared their experiences raising little ones during the pandemic.

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State of Babies Yearbook: 2022

The State of Babies Yearbook bridges the gap between science and policy with national and state-by-state views of how America’s babies and their families are faring.

To learn more, read the Executive Summary and Indicator Dictionary, and explore the State Profiles.

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