Think Babies™ Policy Forum – State of Babies Yearbook: 2019

There is no better way to predict the future of our nation than to look at how we’re treating babies today. Each of the 4 million babies that will be born in the U.S. in 2019 represent a bundle of infinite potential. As a nation, we cannot afford to squander the potential of a single child. When we Think Babies and invest in infants, toddlers, and their families, we ensure a strong future for us all.



February 26, 2019
8:30–9:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00–11:00 AM – Program


The Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325)
Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

For the first time, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends are telling the state-by-state story of America’s babies – and the picture isn’t as rosy as you might hope. Join us on February 26 in Washington, DC, as we unveil the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019. Examine how babies are faring across the country and learn how your state measures up on indicators related to good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. The State of Babies Yearbook provides policymakers and advocates the information they need to advance national and state policies to improve the lives of babies and toddlers.


  • Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE
  • Jamie Bussel, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Joshua Baker, Director, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services
  • Diane Dellanno, LCSW, Policy Analyst, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • Moderated by: Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent, Huffington Post

About the State of Babies

The State of Babies Yearbook, an initiative of the Think Babies campaign, compiles nearly 60 indicators—specifically for children ages 0 to 3—that are essential to ensuring babies and toddlers have what they need to thrive. For more information, please visit Questions? Contact Patty Cole at

*This will be a widely-attended event.