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Policy and Advocacy Achievements for Babies in 2022

We asked you to Be a Big Voice for Little KidsTM in 2022, and you delivered. Thank you! As we look back on an eventful year, these are just some of the ways baby champions like you stood strong and moved policy change for babies and families.  
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Social Determinants of Health for Infants and Toddlers

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for infants and toddlers shape development from the start, with life-long consequences. Our latest report, produced in partnership with Child Trends, uses State of Babies Yearbook data to cast light on the specific Social Determinants of Health for babies and their families.  The resulting robust picture of economic and social resources available to the nation’s babies shows that while many young children are thriving, Black, Hispanic, and Ame...
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State of Babies Yearbook 2022: Data for Policymakers and Advocates

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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COVID-19 Resources from Think Babies National and State Partners

Think Babies national and state partners are focused on how to meet the needs of babies and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners shared the following resources with ZERO TO THREE, including federal and state policy recommendations and guidance to professionals and parents on supporting early development during this challenging time. While we’re pleased to share the wealth of resources from our partners, please note that it does not represent endorsement of the content incl...
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The Child Development Case for Paid Family & Medical Leave

The National Partnership for Women and Families and ZERO TO THREE have revised a fact sheet that summarizes key research on the importance of paid leave to ensure that infants and young children have adequate bonding time with parents and primary caregivers, which is essential for their healthy brain and emotional development.
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Nutrition in the First 1000 Days: A Foundation for Brain Development and Learning

This brief from Think Babies national partner 1000 Days summarizes a body of research in the fields of neuroscience and early childhood development, showing how good nutrition in pregnancy, infancy, and toddlerhood play a critical role in supporting children’s learning and development.
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The Importance of the Federal Nutrition Programs for Infants and Toddlers

This newly released fact sheet from Think Babies national partner Food Research & Action Center provides a brief overview of the importance of early nutrition; briefly summarizes the harmful impacts of food insecurity on infants and young children; and highlights research demonstrating the effective role of the federal nutrition programs during early childhood in improving food and economic security, dietary intake, health, and development.
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