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State of Babies Yearbook 2021: California

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Social-Emotional Health & Well-being: California’s Babies and Families

California is home to over 1.4 million infants and toddlers, representing 3.6 percent of the state’s population; and while California performs better than national averages on several indicators of the 2021 State of Babies Yearbook, continued investments and policies that effectively address economic security, health care access/affordability, infant and early childhood mental health, food security and nutrition, maternal and child health, housing assistance, and access to quality/affordable child-care will help California continue to work effectively in the Good Health Domain.

This brief highlights the State of Babies Yearbook Good Health findings for California’s babies and toddlers, and identifies California is investing in programs and policies that support the social-emotional needs of the states’ infants, toddlers, and families.