Diapers are as essential to a baby's healthy development as a mother's love. Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential. But many babies don't have the clean diapers they need.
Children in low-income families are at greatest risk of suffering the effects of diaper need because many families can't afford diapers. Current public support programs help some, but young children have additional needs necessary to build a strong foundation for healthy growth and to reach their fullest potential.
Above Low Income
Above Low Income
Percentage of SNAP Recipients Under Age 5
Percentage of WIC Recipients that are Infants
Percentage of TANF Families with at least one child under age 3
Percentage of Births Covered by Medicaid
Diapers Are Essential to the Well-Being of Rhode Island's Families
Mothers in the workforce with infants
Most working parents rely on child care. Most child care facilities require parents to provide diapers for their child. Without child care, parents can't work or attend school.
Cost of Infant Care as a Percentage of Income
Of the infants, toddlers, and mothers who participate in Early Head Start,
are from Rhode Island
Children Under Age 3 Receive Federal Child Care Support
Early Head Start provides child and family development services for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Center-based EHS programs provide diapers for infants and toddlers. Other federally funded child care assistance programs don't. For families enrolled in the latter, not having access to diapers removes a key building block for strong families. Without diapers a parent can't go to work, and not working disqualifies a parent from vital child care resources.
Early Education Supports Help Rhode Island's Children
An average monthly supply of diapers costs approximately $80. The only federal assistance program that can be used for diapers is TANF, but TANF has to cover many other expenses, including heat, electric and water bills, rent, clothing, transportation, and other basic needs. Little if any money is available to purchase enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy.
In Rhode Island, there is a 12-month exemption
from the work-related activity requirement after the birth of a child for single parent households receiving TANF payments.