PROFILE: Room to Grow

23 May


Room to Grom
http://www.roomtogrow.org/

Who are they?

The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Parents expecting a baby are referred to Room to Grow by selected prenatal programs assisting low-income families.

What do they do?

Room to Grow’s innovative 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.

What do they provide?

Parents visit Room to Grow every three months, starting at the mother’s third trimester of pregnancy and then throughout the baby’s first three years of life. At each visit, our clinicians monitor the baby’s developmental progress and help parents navigate the challenges and celebrate the joys of parenting. This includes helping parents understand their child’s developmental stages, offering strategies to recognize and respond to their child’s many needs, and providing resources and support to help cope with raising a child in typically stressful circumstances. At every visit parents also receive age-appropriate material necessities, allowing them to provide fully for their baby in an immediate and meaningful way.

Goals

Goal #1: Children will thrive during their critical first three years of life, meeting appropriate cognitive, social, and physical milestones in their development. To meet this goal, Room to Grow:

• Promotes cognitive development and childhood safety by helping parents be more responsive and engaged caregivers
• Nurtures emerging literacy through exposure to books in the home
• Promotes attainment of developmental milestones through modeling stimulating activities and providing age appropriate toys
• Promotes long-term physical health by encouraging preventive medical and dental care, sharing information about childhood nutrition and helping parents engage their children in physical activity and healthy routines of daily living

Goal #2: Parents will attain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to assure that children fulfill their emotional, intellectual and physical potential. To meet this goal, Room to Grow:


• Improves parental knowledge of educational, health and general parenting strategies
• Helps parents access needed support from family members, friends and community resources
• Nurtures the development of parental skills and coping strategies for the stress of raising a baby in poverty
• Builds confidence, affirms parenting strengths, detects early signs of risk and facilitates treatment when necessary

Goal #3: Low-income families will have access to clothing, books, developmentally appropriate toys, and other items, thus relieving families’ financial strain and ensuring that they have high-quality items similar to those in middle-class homes. To meet this goal, Room to Grow:
• Obtains donations of new and nearly-new baby items from individuals, companies, and community groups
• Prepares the donations as necessary by cleaning, fixing, and organizing the donations
• Provides needed baby items free of charge to families

CONTACT:

Contact Room to Grow
Boston, MA
617.859.4545
infoboston [at] roomtogrow [dot] org

New York City
54 W. 21st St. #401
212.620.7800
infony [at] roomtogrow [dot] org

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