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Parents want and need support

  • 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.
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