Key Findings

State of Babies Yearbook

2022 In Context

The release of the 2022 Yearbook occurs at a time when the nation is grappling — for the third year — with the health, economic, social, and emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic revealed the fragility and insufficiency of the many systems that should ensure stability among the nation’s families, particularly those with young children during their critical first three years.

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This is a potentially transformational time in which the long-standing gaps in investments for all babies and families can be re-assessed and addressed with policies, programs, and practices that value and address their needs.

In the period since the pandemic’s onset, families have continued to struggle.

Yearbook data, research being conducted amid the ongoing pandemic, and the voices of families themselves make clear the urgency of this moment for babies and families.

Key Findings

The United States is home to 9.4 M
babies who comprise 3.4 percent of the nation’s population.

The state in which a baby is born and lives in their first three years can make a difference in whether they have a strong start in life.

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.

About the State of Babies Yearbook

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 is part of ZERO TO THREE’s 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. 

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.

The data and indicator analysis in the Yearbook are powered by Child Trends, 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 the organization’s rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families.

Our Funders

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 would not be possible without the generous support of the Perigee Fund and the Tikun Olam Foundation.

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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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