For the Children

With continued support, the young children that we serve (in the context of their families and communities) will not require the level of intervention that teens in the city need today.  Instead, they will have the skills necessary to be successful in school, set and achieve goals, and to become leaders in their communities in the future.

Prenatal Education

Expectant families meet weekly to get to know other families in their neighborhood, participate in workshops and prenatal education opportunities, and to learn about services in their community.  Each participating family is given a baby shower and receives new layette items for their baby.

Welcome Baby

A home visit is offered to all families with newborns at which each family receives a Welcome Baby basket with goodies for mom and baby. During the visit, the core principles of raising a learner are introduced. Families in need of crucial services are connected with community providers.

Baby Basics

An ongoing weekly support and educational program for parents and caregivers with babies 0-12 months. Families learn about everything from infant brain development, breast feeding, infant massage to time management and how to care for older siblings when a new baby comes home.

Pre-school Play to Learn Groups

During playgroups early learning and parenting skills are promoted in the context of play.  Families are also connected with necessary services.

Toddler Play to Learn Groups

Structured playgroups for caregivers with their toddlers that promote learning in the context of play.  We want every moment we have with the children to provide fun opportunities to learn and grow.

Little Explorers Field Trip Program

An innovative field trip model creates multiple opportunities for Smart families to get out of their homes and communities, in groups, to visit unfamiliar sites and activities.  The goal is to broaden experiences for adults and children, with a focus on language and literacy development during the trips.