Babies of Color Start Facing Inequality Before Birth, Report Confirms

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Systematic social injustices have been a longstanding problem in America. Now, a report from childhood nonprofit ZERO to THREE is proving once again that Black and Brown babies do not get the same opportunities as other kids—and often these inequalities start before birth.

Their second annual report, State of Babies Yearbook, was released yesterday, June 10, and shows a national overview of how where a baby is born can become a defining factor in their development and well-being. The report found that Black and Brown infants and toddlers are more likely to be poor, to be born too small or too soon and to live in environments that challenge their families’ security.

The Yearbook compiled close to 60 indicators, specifically for children aged 0 to 3 years old. The data is broken down for the selected indicators by race/ethnicity, income and rural/urban areas. The report found that…

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