In 2017, over 100,000 babies will be born across NYC, bringing joy, excitement and optimism to their parents, families and local communities. The City of New York wants to celebrate these brand new New Yorkers, and provide their families with key information and resources on how to make their first years healthy and happy.
As part of the City's expanded commitment to early childhood development, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery will host a series of NYC Baby Showers for expecting and new parents and caregivers during the first half of 2017. Families can RSVP here.
There will be food, entertainment, and educational activities for parents, caregivers and children to enjoy. More importantly, the City will also provide attendees with information and resources on how their babies can experience all the best that NYC has to offer.
NYC is a great place to raise a child, but parents in many zip-codes face real challenges and struggles: maternal depression, unstable housing, limited child care options and a lack of access to basic baby resources like diapers and formula. These challenges can create a stressful home environment, which can be detrimental to young babies' brain development and readiness to learn in school later on in life.
This is why it is so important to reach parents and caregivers early on – even before their babies are born – to make sure they know how the City of New York can help support them and their baby.
The Baby Showers are organized by the NYC Children's Cabinet, which consists of 24 City agencies and Mayoral offices and is chaired by Deputy Mayor Richard Buery. The Cabinet agencies work together to advance the Mayor's commitment to increasing child safety and well-being in high-need communities.
The showers are part of the Cabinet's Talk to Your Baby campaign, which promotes language acquisition, parent-child attachment and healthy brain development by encouraging parents to talk, read and sing to their babies from birth. Developed with support from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the campaign's partners include Scholastic, Inc., The Clinton Foundation and Sesame Street.
To reinforce the campaign's themes, the showers will:
There will be a total of 5 different Baby Showers organized across NYC and reaching targeted, high-need populations, including immigrant communities and women living in shelter. The events will be open to the public and will reach a total of 2,000 participants. The kick-off Baby Shower will be held in March 2017, in the Throggs Neck community in the Bronx.