State of Babies Yearbook: 2022

The mental and physical well-being of our nation’s babies and toddlers are powerful indicators of our nation’s overall health. But the State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 shows that all is not alright for the littlest among us. The 2022 findings show the longstanding disparities in good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences, draining our nation’s future potential and leaving families to fend for themselves. These disparities show the barriers Black and brown babies and babies in families with low income face daily due to historic and current structural inequities. It is our responsibility – and the responsibility of our country’s leaders – to enact comprehensive, permanent, and vital child- and family-focused policies. We urgently need to build and strengthen the systems our babies need to thrive.

Every parent wants to give their child a strong start in life. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 data reveal families with young children have long lacked the supports that would help in times of crisis or calm. To do better for our babies and our nation’s future, federal and state policymakers must enact policies that help babies and families.

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