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Illinois babies fare slightly better than national average

Illinois babies fare slightly better than national average

Illinois ranks 20th in the nation for the well-being of its youth, with 43 percent of the state's children under age 3 living at or near poverty, according to a new report on the state of the nation's babies. "The clearest way to envision what the future holds is to take a look at the babies," states the report, prepared by Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. "A baby's early experiences shape the brain's architecture into a strong — or fragile — foundation for learning, health and success in the workplace." There are 476,156 children under age 3 in Illinois, according to the report, 10 percent of whom live...

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