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Maryland’s Baby Facts

One of the national organizations that I admire, ZERO TO THREE, has just released the latest version of  State Baby Facts, a colorful, easy-to-read four pager organized into the categories of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences.  You can read the Maryland report here.

Father feeding baby. Maryland’s percentages match or are close to the national averages in many categories, e.g. babies born preterm, babies with low birthweight, 2 year-olds fully immunized, maltreated children under 3, cost of infant child care as percentage of income for single mothers (39% for Maryland, 37% national median).

There’s sobering news, too:

  • 34% of Maryland’s infants and toddlers live in families at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
  • 70% of children under age 6 receive no developmental screening.
  • 44% of parents or family members do not read to their 0-5 child each day.

We’ve got some work to do!