Room to Growhttp://www.roomtogrow.org
MISSION: To enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. DESCRIPTION: Room to Grow's program provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children's critical first three years of life. Parents expecting a baby are referred to Room to Grow by selected prenatal programs assisting low-income families. Upon their referral, parents visit Room to Grow's warm and inviting space once every three months from just before the birth of the baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with our staff clinicians, typically lasting two hours, parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child. IMPACT: Since Room to Grow's founding in 1998, over 850 families have participated in its program. These families have made thousands of visits to its sites, meeting with clinicians every three months and receiving critical support and information to encourage and promote their children's healthy development. At the same time, Room to Grow has distributed over $4.5 million worth of new and nearly-new baby items to provide these children with a safe and enriched environment in which to grow, learn, and thrive.