Over 30,000 children are living in poverty in Boston, and the reality is that children born into poverty are more likely to begin kindergarten developmentally behind their more affluent peers. Educational and developmental disparities are evident in children as early as 18 months, and, without targeted intervention, can widen over time leading to a lifelong educational achievement gap that is nearly impossible to overcome. This project will support 400 babies annually served at Room to Grow.
Room to Grow offers a specialized intervention that addresses a root cause of educational and economic disparity - the parenting skills and resources required for healthy childhood development. The Clinical Program provides families with information and guidance to support their babies' physical, social and cognitive health, along with a tremendous material benefit. In 2014, Room to Grow parents received over 50,000 donated items for their growing babies, and 2,425 hours of parenting support.
This project will support 400 babies this year. Families in the clinical program are 2x more likely to read together daily; 90% of children are meeting developmental benchmarks on time; and 98% of parents voice increased confidence in their parenting abilities. At Room to Grow we know that interventions made during the first five years promote school-readiness, reduce instances of incarceration, and foster productive participation in the workforce later in life.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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