Babies are born with unlimited potential.

For the 12 million infants and toddlers in the United States, the state where they are born and live during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life.

The littlest among us face big challenges, and we can’t afford to squander the potential of a single child.

State of Babies Yearbook: 2020

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers.

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. By nearly every measure, children living in poverty and children of color face the biggest obstacles, such as low birthweight, unstable housing, and limited access to quality child care.

To create a brighter future for all, we must implement policies based on science and budgets that make babies a priority.

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*Please note: As of June 18, 2020, the Full Yearbook PDF and individual State Profile PDFs have been updated to ensure consistency of data across all web and downloadable materials.

Virtual Release

This year’s virtual release took place on June 11, 2020. ZERO TO THREE’s Chief Policy Officer, Myra Jones-Taylor, CEO of Robin Hood, Wes Moore, and families from across the nation came together to discuss the importance of Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences—three key impact areas represented in the State of Babies Yearbook.

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of babies in the U.S. are children of color
Policies to support healthy babies should embrace the changing demographics of our country.
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of U.S. babies live in low-income families
Families that struggle to make ends meet can’t always provide the essential ingredients babies need to thrive.

Spotlight: Health Equity for Babies

By nearly every measure, children of color face the biggest obstacles, such as low birthweight, unstable housing, and limited access to quality child care. The harmful and life-altering effects of these disparities begin even before they’re born.

 

Where do babies in your state stand?

Sign up to receive your state's data along with the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 Overview and the Maternal & Child Health Inequities Brief—a new resource this year that helps shine a light on the disparities that are present even before birth.