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 educate themselves in order to become the kind of parents they never had themselves.
Research tells us that 80% of a person’s brain is developed by the age of three and that children from lower income families will have heard 30 million fewer words by this age than three year olds from higher income families. This disparity puts lower income kids at an unfair disadvantage in terms of their developmental foundations and will 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. 2017 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 are needed to volunteer. They drive young moms and their children to the event, organize food, welcome our guests, provide childcare, or serve as a “Helper” who stays with the same young mom all day to assist her in any way. As well as facilitating the day, our members also provide a supportive, loving community to our young moms who are often parenting alone.
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 young mom 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.
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