Raising Baby is Alliance of Moms’ flagship program. It’s a fun day of interactive, educational parenting workshops that focuses on early brain development.

The day is attended by over 50 young moms who are currently in or have recently aged out of the foster care system. Our guests range in age from 14-23 years old. They come to Raising Baby because they want to learn parenting skills, gain the support of peers, and build resilient families.

Research tells us that 80% of a person’s brain is developed by the age of three and that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are at an unfair disadvantage in terms of their developmental foundation in ways that have a lasting impact on their lives. To help overturn statistics like these, we bring in experts who break down the latest science on brain development. They present it in a way that is interactive and accessible so that our young moms leave feeling confident, armed with tips and tools to help build their babies’ brains. Past Raising Baby workshops included Ready, Set, Read by Maria Elena Hernandez; Developmental Play by Hannah Halliwell; Calm Mama, Happy Baby by Jen Waldburger; and The Postpartum Shift by Erica Chidi Cohen.

In order to make Raising Baby happen, over 100 Alliance of Moms members volunteer their time. They drive young moms and their children to the event, organize food, welcome our guests, provide childcare, or serve as helpers who stay with one of our guest moms all day to assist her. Our members provide a supportive, loving community to our guests, who are often parenting alone and navigating various stressors in their lives.

One of the most inspiring things about the day is seeing our young moms find support from each other. In workshops, they are able to share their challenges with one another as they learn that they are not alone in their fears, concerns and struggles. This validation and reassurance is something all parents need.

At the end of the day, every guest leaves with a goody bag full of brand new items that reflect the content of the workshops for her whole family to enjoy.

Raising Baby would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors and donors. The 2017 presenting sponsor was CuddleBright, with other sponsors including Munchkin, Ergobaby and Mini Maven. We are also extremely grateful to the Children’s Institute, Inc. for hosting Raising Baby and The Book Foundation for gifting our young moms with a selection of books for them to create a library at home.

Interested in sponsoring or donating to goody bags for Raising Baby? Find out more here.