The Youngest Americans: A Statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the United States

Child Trends and the McCormick Foundation have published a report, The Youngest Americans: A Statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the United States (November 2013) that provides a comprehensive indicators-based portrait of the approximately 12 million infants and toddlers in America. It includes basic demographic data on these young children, including information about their health and well-being, and the well-being of their parents. The authors present observations about the composite portrait drawn and identify some common threads in the data. Some key findings show that:

  • Many infants and toddlers in America today are starting out with severe economic hardship.
  • There are considerable inequities marked by income and race/ethnicity and these inequities are often compounded by fragile family situations.
  • The majority of mothers of infants and toddlers are working.
  • Parental leave, high-quality child care, and access to early intervention services are out of reach for many families raising infants and toddlers.

Read more at http://documents.mccormickfoundation.org/pdf/Child-Trends-2013.pdf

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