Massachusetts’ infants, toddlers, and families deserve equitable opportunities for a strong, healthy start in life.
The good news? The state continues to implement strong policies and investments to promote good health, creating opportunities to fund evidence-based programs like HealthySteps.
Babies & Toddlers in Massachusetts
Source: ZERO TO THREE, State of Babies Yearbook, 2023.
While there is room for improvement to ensure that all babies and toddlers get a strong start in life in Massachusetts, there are many positive indicators, including a low rate (3%) of uninsured children, and high rate of children who received preventive medical care (97%) and recommended vaccines (84%).
Other promising news is that the state continues to invest in policies that support positive outcomes. These include MassHealth (Medicaid) innovations in primary care payment and commitment to improved access to a continuum of behavioral health services for children, including access to preventive services for young children and families in pediatric primary care.