State of Babies Yearbook: 2021
Telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 shows us that, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the littlest among us did not have the supports they needed to thrive. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the conditions that contribute to babies’ development and families’ stability. We did not need a crystal ball to predict how our nation’s infants and toddlers would be impacted. Babies of color and babies in families with low income continue to face greater barriers due to significant disparities in good health, strong families, and early learning experiences.
The need to make the potential of every baby our national priority has never been more urgent. As the State of Babies Yearbook shows, the status quo for babies and families before the pandemic was already unacceptable, leaving them particularly vulnerable to crises large and small. We must not return to the way things were. To do better for our babies and our nation’s future, we need Congress and state leaders to seize the opportunity to create the forward-looking, broad, family-centered policies that our nation has lacked.