Books for Babies
Organized by: Sarah Garza
A heartfelt thank you! Backpacks full of Books were delivered!!
December 03, 2016
Hi, my name is Sarah Garza and I am on a mission to provide a minimum of 50 backpacks full of children’s books to families with babies receiving services through the Maternal Outreach Nursing program at the LSA Family Health Service, a nonprofit in East Harlem.
Why read books to babies? The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are vital for early childhood development, and early literacy engagement sets the stage for a lifetime of language skills, learning and wellbeing, which not only benefits the child, but the future of our nation.
I've hand picked books to purchase that are age-appropriate, bilingual and feature diversity, so that families can see themselves reflected in the pages of these books. Books will be purchased through local book sellers at a discounted price (Stay tuned for information on the local book stores helping with this initiative!)
The number of children born into poverty in East Harlem is about 70%. The LSA Family Health Service provides pre-natal and post-partum care services, meeting some of the most important needs. Read more about LSA Family Health Service’s work in East Harlem at: littlesistersfamily.org
However, even with assistance, so many mothers and fathers are still struggling just to provide diapers and the basic needs for their families. These families suffering economic hardship are less likely to have the tools to provide early literacy engagement with their babies. These babies are missing out on the connections books build for the youngest of readers. Then, when it is time to start school, these babies come in at a disadvantage because they do not get the same cognitive stimulation as babies from families who are able to purchase their own children’s books.
Reading, talking and singing regularly with children from birth stimulates brain development. Additionally, story time increases bonding with baby while building language and literacy.
I'm a registered nurse and I just graduated with a dual Master’s degree in Public Health & Community Health Nursing from Hunter College and CUNY School of Public Health. I learned about the work of the LSA Family Health Service through other nurses and healthcare professionals dedicated to improving community health.
I came up with the idea for Book for Babies when I learned we can positively shape the health of the next generation by supporting parents and families to regularly read to their babies. One of the ways to ensure this exchange is having a variety of age-appropriate books in the home.
I envision a future where all are happier and healthier. To achieve this, we must ensure all babies are nurtured and stimulated from day one. Please help me by donating to Books for Babies. Any amount helps.
*If you need a tax deductible receipt, we can provide one through the LSA Family Health Service, a registered non-profit organization. Please email me at email@example.com. Thank you again.