Infants and Toddlers
There are more than five and a half million infants and toddlers in low-income families, nearly one-half of them living in poverty. Many of these families face multiple demographic and familial risks.
Scientists who study brain development are finding that the earliest relationships and experiences that a baby has help set the stage for life-long emotional and other competencies. Yet investments in high-quality infant and toddler care, including supports to informal care providers, lag, and state policies to support parents vary.
Communities are developing programs to meet the needs of parents with infants and toddlers, with some programs targeting higher-risk babies, but sustaining the costs of these programs is challenging.
Basic Facts About Low-income Children
Children Under 3 Years, 2011
Fact Sheet, January 2013
Young Children at Risk
National and State Prevalence of Risk Factors
Fact Sheet, October 2012
What Can CCDF Learn from the Research on Children’s Health and Safety in Child Care?
Brief, May 2012
Comprehensive Obesity Prevention in Early Childhood
Promising Federal and State Initiatives
Report, March 2012
Basic Facts About Low-income Children, 2010
Children Under Age 3
Fact Sheet, February 2012