All families with young children—especially first-time parents and those with both parents in the labor force—are stretched for time and resources.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added additional hardship and stress for families during this already challenging time.
High-quality child care is often unavailable or unaffordable for parents, and many are not connected to early care supports that can offer guidance to navigate the earliest months and years.
More women in the United States die in childbirth than in any other developed country, and Black women are more than twice as likely to die as White women.
Nearly 25% of all U.S. women start prenatal care late in pregnancy or do not receive the recommended number of prenatal visits. This number rises to 34% among Black women and to 41% among Indigenous or Alaska Native women.