“State of Babies Yearbook: 2022” recently released

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 6, 2022

This past week, ZERO TO THREE and “Think Babies” released the “State of Babies Yearbook: 2022.” Each year, this report provides national and state-by-state data on the wellbeing of babies and their families. It includes 60 indicators across three policy areas that are key to creating a strong foundation in kids’ lives: good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. The data in this report can be used by both advocates and policymakers to advance positive change for our youngest Coloradans.  

The 2022 yearbook indicates that families with young children continue to struggle in meeting their basic needs. This can be largely attributed to the lack of a national policy agenda that prioritizes the health, early learning needs, and economic security of babies and their families. Disparities across these issues areas continue to widen as longstanding, racist structural barriers inhibit opportunity for families of color and families with low incomes. The well-being of babies and toddlers are strong indicators of our nation’s health, making it critical that we restructure the systems that continue to negatively impact families across the country.  

This year, Colorado was one of 13 states ranked as “working effectively,” the highest overall rating a state can receive in the report. However, there is still a significant amount of work to be done. In every state by nearly every measure, families of color and families with low incomes were more likely to have experiences that produced chronic stress. Deliberately harmful, racist barriers to accessing critical systems of support have undoubtedly played a huge role in this. The impact of such stress can have a lifelong detriment on young children and their families. 

Our nation has failed infants and toddlers for far too long. This report serves as a call to action for policymakers to invest in forward-thinking, family-centered legislation that prioritizes the wellbeing of babies and families. “Think Babies” is specifically calling on legislators to enact the following: 

  • Invest in high-quality, equitable, affordable child care   
  • Enact permanent paid family and medical leave  
  • Permanently expand the Child Tax Credit   
  • Expand Early Head Start   
  • Invest in infant and early childhood mental health  
  • Transform systems for strong family support 

Visit “Think Babies” to learn more about how you can join this critical conversation for our nation’s youngest children. Click here for more information on how you can become an advocate for babies in your state. 

 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.