The Harlem Children’s Zone is a nonprofit known for its innovative, multifaceted approach to ending the cycle to poverty. One of the Harlem Children’s Zone programs is The Baby College, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this spring. The Baby College, a program for expectant parents and those with kids up to the age of three, teaches subjects such as baby-proofing, nutrition, brain development and communication skills.
Joshua Sparrow, MD, director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and the famed pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, MD, helped create the Baby College curriculum.
“When parents don’t feel isolated, when they don’t feel alone, and they feel like they’ve got the support from others in their community, they’re much more likely to be able to be warm and responsive and sensitive in their interactions with their children,” he says.