About State of Babies Yearbook


The State of Babies Yearbook is a national and state resource developed by ZERO TO THREE to tell the story of America’s babies through key indicators in the domains infants and toddlers need to thrive: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. The State of Babies Yearbook, an initiative of Think Babies™, bridges the gap between science and policy with national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America’s babies, providing advocates and policymakers with the tools they need to advance policies to improve the lives of babies and families.  

The Yearbook compiles 60 indicators – specifically for children ages 0 to 3 – to measure progress across the three policy areas. States are evaluated against these indicators and grouped into four tiers that represent our progress toward assuring access to healthcare, paid family and medical leave, quality early learning opportunities, and more. The data was obtained from national data sets, such as the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the National Survey of Children’s Health, and supplemented in the Yearbook narrative by the Rapid Assessment Pandemic Impact on Development Early Childhood Household Survey. The information provided here can help states identify problem areas that they can tackle to support our infants and toddlers. 


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all infants and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools, and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals, and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit zerotothree.org, facebook.com/zerotothree, or follow @zerotothree on Twitter. 

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About Think Babies

ZERO TO THREE created Think Babies™ to make the potential of every baby a national priority. When we Think Babies and invest in infants, toddlers, and their families, we ensure a strong future for us all. Learn more at thinkbabies.org or follow @ZEROTOTHREE on Twitter. 

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Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 40 years, decision makers have relied on our rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families. To learn more, visit childtrends.org and follow @ChildTrends on Twitter and Facebook. 

Our Funders

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 would not be possible without the generous support of the Perigee Fund and the Tikun Olam Foundation. 

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