ZERO TO THREE’s State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 provides policymakers with the information they need to advance federal policies to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever. Share the State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 with members of Congress and encourage them to learn more about how your state measures up on nearly 60 data points essential to ensuring babies have what they need to thrive.
The state where a baby is born makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life. As a constituent, I want to share with you new data on babies in our state and in other states around the country and urge you to Think Babies and invest in our future. ZERO TO THREE’s State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 shows that all is not all right for the littlest among us. The 2022 Yearbook reaffirms that families with infants and toddlers continue to struggle in the absence of a strong policy agenda for babies that prioritizes the economic security, health, and early learning needs of babies and their families. The 2022 findings show the longstanding disparities in good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences, draining our state’s future potential and leaving families to fend for themselves. We urgently need to build and strengthen the systems our babies need to thrive.
The need to make the potential of every baby our national priority has never been more urgent. A baby’s brain develops faster between ages 0 to 3 than at any later point in life, forming more than one million new neural connections every second. Every baby deserves to reach their full potential. Where you’re born, the color of your skin, or your family’s income should not make a difference in your chances for a strong start in life.
That’s why I’m calling on you and your colleagues in Congress to build systems that will comprehensively meet babies’ needs beyond the temporary supports enacted COVID-19 pandemic and build stronger systems for the future:
- Invest in high–quality, affordable child care
- Enact permanent paid family and medical leave
- Permanently expand the Child Tax Credit
- Expand Early Head Start
- Invest in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
- Transform systems for strong family support
I hope that you will find the stateofbabies.org a helpful resource as you shape policies that will impact our state’s babies, families, and future.