As Family Central prepares this Sun., Aug. 25 to celebrate the fourth anniversary of its New Baby Welcome Bags, they send a warm thank you to everyone who contributes to this effort and asks for their continued support.
Since 2016, various members of the town have contributed time, money, and talent to help Family Central, a non-profit parenting support network, extend a loving welcome to over 350 babies each year born at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital. One of the goals is to address research-based prevention focusing on early intervention in a child’s development to strengthen protective factors before problem behavior develops. The Newborn Welcome Bags provides parents with a baby’s first book to promote early literacy, practical information that helps parents support their child’s social, emotional and physical health right from the start, and materials that explain why play, nature, and activities, not gadgets, support development. Most bags also contain a hand knit or crocheted baby blanket created by volunteers of the larger Warwick community. We also extend our gratitude to the wonderful nursing staff at St. Anthony’s Kennedy Birthing Center who personalize the board books with each baby’s name and birthday, and distribute the bags to families as they leave the hospital.
To learn more about Family Central and how you might support the continuation of the Newborn Welcome Bags or our parenting programs go to www.familycentralny.wordpress.com or send a message to email@example.com.