Babies Are Born With Unlimited Potential

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

The data presented in the Yearbook paint a clear picture: bold action is needed to address urgent needs of infants, toddlers, and their families.

This is the fifth edition of the Yearbook. It tells the story of the 11 million babies in the United States. All babies are born with unlimited potential.

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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

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

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: 2023

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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