NJ Politics Digest: Report Highlights Condition of the State’s Infants and Toddlers

Advocates for Children of New Jersey released its first Babies Count report, outlining the social and health challenges faced by the state's 310,000 youngest inhabitants.

Thirty-five percent of the state's infants and toddlers live in families with incomes of $49,000 or less.
Thirty-five percent of the state’s infants and toddlers live in families with incomes of $49,000 or less. TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

A child advocacy group is calling on lawmakers to pay more attention to the needs of the state’s youngest residents from the lowest-income families.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey released its first Babies Count report, outlining the social and health challenges faced by the state’s 310,000 infants and toddlers, according to a NJSpotlight.

The report finds that 35 percent of the state’s infants and toddlers live in families with incomes of $49,000 or less.

The report found that families of infants face challenges—such as the high cost of childcare faced by all in the state—while a third of young children live in one-parent households.
The report, however, also notes good news in the state, including proposals to almost double state aid for child-care expenses and increase time off for parents. The report also found only three percent of children younger than three in the state were without health insurance.

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