👶 Today we tell the story of our babies

👶 Today we tell the story of our babies
Telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever.

Today, we released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020. This comprehensive report and advocacy tool tells the story of how the United States' babies are faring and provides a clear view of the significant disparities in opportunity for our youngest children throughout the country.  

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 shows that the state in the U.S. where a baby is born impacts their chance for a strong start in life. By nearly every measure across all states, children living in poverty and children of color face the biggest obstacles, such as low birthweight, unstable housing, and limited access to quality early learning experiences. The report further highlights major disparities that begin before birth, especially for Black children, driven by systemic racism and social injustices.
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Earlier today, Chief Policy Officer, Myra Jones-Taylor, and CEO of Robin Hood, Wes Moore, discussed this year’s data and how the current pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing disparities and structural barriers. Strolling Thunder families from across the country also joined the conversation to share their experiences. 
 
Now is the time to actively renew our efforts to improve existing systems and policies to promote equity and strong futures for babies. Policymakers and advocates in every state can use the Yearbook data to identify and advance policies that produce the near-term support and long-term stability that babies and families need.