Health and Development
The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in a baby’s development, a time when 80 percent of brain growth happens. Yet there are discrepancies in the type of care and service that are accessible to mothers and babies to ensure healthy development and pre-and post-natal care.
More than one in four mothers do not receive early prenatal care, and New York has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. And although one-third of young children are at serious risk for delays in development, New York ranks 49th in the country for screening rate.
New York has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. For every 100,000 live births in our state, there are 20.0 maternal deaths, compared to our national average of 17.4. Additionally, a Black mom in the United States is 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications, and much more likely to give birth to new babies with low-weight at birth.
From access to affordable prenatal and perinatal care to anti-discriminatory and anti-racist maternal care, to high-quality support for postpartum mental health, we must do more.
“I basically had to advocate for myself, because I’m like, ‘If I don’t get out of this, I’m going to die.”
-Chanel J. on her experience with racist disparities in healthcare
Early Intervention Services
The Early Intervention (EI) program provides critical services such as evaluations and therapies for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. For the first time ever, New York State authorized EI services to be delivered using telehealth during the pandemic as a way to ensure that the program could continue to serve young children and families. This resource offers how we can improve telehealth as a service model and more.
Report: Strengthening the intersect between home visiting and child care programs in New York State
Home visiting programs are voluntary, evidence-based or evidence-generated programs that deliver services and support to families from early in pregnancy through the first few years of a child’s life. Home visitors also serve as community connectors, linking the family to more resources to help their children thrive. However, many families across New York State are not aware of these programs and/or how to access them. Our report explores how to strengthen access to these critical programs in New York State.
Learn more about the initiatives that United Way of Buffalo & Erie County lead to get pregnant women and babies off to a healthy start.
Poll: Voters say strengthening early childhood is among top issues for NY to address, want state to do more to support infants and toddlers
NEW YORK – A new poll reveals that likely voters rank strengthening education and child care for all New Yorkers as among the top priorities for the state to address, with 85% saying they support the state investing more public funds to expand access to...