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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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.

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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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