Equity Starts Early: California must Better Support Expectant Parents and Babies

Each year, 500,000 babies are born in California. Our state has more children under 4 years of age than 43 other states have total children 0-18, and more than 16 other states have people. Supporting their healthy development isn’t just about getting children the health care, nutritious food, secure relationships, and safe environments they need – it’s about making sure their parents have those things, too. Yet, systemic underinvestment in supports for infants and pregnant persons means the majority of babies in California are born into households facing circumstances and challenges that can harm their overall health and well-being.