The Sussex County Health Coalition, with Federal funding from the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN) Grant, is continuing to build a robust plan to assist young families to a better future by giving their children a great start in life! This work began with the new Mommy / Baby Bags being distributed to Nanticoke Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Division, for new mothers.
The bags were filled with informational brochures, a brand new infant book, and baby products. To date, SCHC has given over 350 such bags to new mothers! We are excited to announce a new addition to our Mommy Bags! As of today, an additional postcard will be placed in each bag to encourage an on-going relationship with new moms and to introduce them to VROOM.
VROOM is an early childhood program that encourages care givers to be brain-builders! It elevates the good that parents are already doing and encourages them to make the most out of their time together.
By maintaining a relationship with these new moms, SCHC will be able to continue to encourage families to make follow-up appointments and to participate in age-appropriate developmental screenings and activities. Moms that return their postcards will receive a brand new "Pete the Cat” book. And, moms who send us a picture of themselves reading to their children, will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50.00 gift card to Walmart.
The postcards have been translated into English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Brain building with your child during their first 5 years gives them a strong base for lifelong learning and the Sussex County Health Coalition is here to assist families in this important endeavor.