Diaper need is the inability to access an adequate supply of diapers and it is a silent crisis in America. Early Head Start addresses the diaper needs of over 200,000 children and families each year and supports policies and programs that provide one of the most basic needs of all babies and their families: access to clean, dry diapers.

Diapers are provided to children enrolled in Early Head Start and Head Start center-based programs during the time they are in the center. Diapers are not required in home-based programs. There are not enough slots for all the children who would be eligible for Early Head Start to enroll–only about 4% of children who are eligible can enroll.

In this video interview Kent Mitchell, NHSA’s senior director of State Affairs, speaks with CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network and author of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty Joanne Goldblum.

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is made up of over 250 independent non-profit diaper banks. Progress is being made shares Joanne, including removing state sales tax, federal legislation, and more. Since its founding in 2011, the NDBN has worked to better understand the consequences. Today, NDBN is engaged in and supports research that increases understanding of the impact, accessibility and equitable distribution of material basic necessities among individuals, children and families living in poverty.

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This post is one in a series of features about Early Head Start programs across the country. Early Head Start helps families navigate and access the comprehensive, wraparound support they need during the most critical years of their children’s development—prenatal to age three. When all families are able to build a strong foundation for their children, we all have a brighter, healthier future. To help ensure all parents and caregivers have access to Early Head Start support, visit go.nhsa.org/EHS-advocacy to learn more and become an advocate.

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