EI Corner: Boosting Education For Babies And Their Parents
[Source: National Public Radio]
The Harlem Children’s Zone is a nonprofit known for its innovative, multifaceted approach to ending the cycle to poverty. It’s garnered kudos from President Obama and philanthropists like William Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced he would donate up to $50 million to the organization.
One of the Harlem Children’s Zone programs is The Baby College, geared to expectant parents and those with kids up to the age of three. It celebrates its 15th anniversary this spring.
A recent Baby College graduation had the feel of a motivational seminar crossed with a rock concert. It started early on a Saturday morning but the 59 graduates, joined by friends and family, were already used to the schedule. Baby College takes place over nine consecutive Saturdays, during which students learn about subjects including baby-proofing, nutrition, brain development and communication skills.
They also learn the importance of reading to kids. At graduation, some of the parents performed a rap on the topic: “First we start with the names of the letters, here’s a little rhyme to help us learn them better. A is for alligator, B is for big, C is for cot, D is for dig.”
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