Year of the Infant

February 01, 1991

The problem with a "Year of the Infant" is obvious -- eventually the year ends, but the needs of infants never do. Governor Schaefer's proclamation last January of a year of initiatives and emphases on the needs of Maryland's youngest children was well-intended, and some of the initiatives even got off the ground. But now that special year is over and, as Laura Lippman reported in Thursday's Evening Sun, most of the substantive proposals were either delayed, abandoned or are limping along with too little funding and not enough staff.

What Maryland's infants really need -- what all infants need -- is for government to consider their welfare so basic a responsibility that not making special efforts for infants every year would be unthinkable.

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