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State of Babies Yearbook: 2019

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.

The state where a baby is born can make a difference in their chances for a strong start in life. While all states have room to grow, some are doing better for their babies than others. For the first time, the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019, an initiative of the Think Babies campaign, provides a snapshot of how our nation’s babies are faring state-by-state. States were compared across 60 indicators and policy domains in three key areas that are essential for a good start in life:

The time to make every baby our national priority is now. To do better for our babies and our nation’s future, we need Congress and state leaders to make babies a priority. They can do this through policies that are built on the science of brain development, and budget decisions that put babies and families first. Policymakers and advocates can use the data from the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 to stay informed and take action on behalf of the youngest members of society.

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