Ready, Set, Parent!
Ready, Set, Parent! is an education program for parents of newborns. EPIC and Baker Victory Services (BVS) designed this hospital-based program to focus on parents’ role in promoting developmental growth in their babies. Beginning with the hospital experience and extending into community workshops, the content emphasizes health, wellness, safety, and nutrition of new babies.
Ready, Set, Parent! has three key components, Parenting, Literacy, and Health & Wellness and reaches parents in three ways:
- RSP Staff visit parents of newborns in the hospital within 48 hours of giving birth and respond to parents’ immediate concerns.
- While in the hospital, parents are invited to a one-hour Newborn Class to learn more about their babies’ overall development. During this time, parents develop important parenting skills, health and wellness, and literacy awareness that will benefit their baby well into the future. They are informed about community resources; provided information on safe sleep and car seat safety; and introduced to other EPIC parenting programs. Children’s books are given to Newborn Class participants and parents are strongly encouraged to read to their babies.
- Parents are invited to attend various EPIC parenting programs free of charge that include Incredible Years, Parent Cafes and Baby and Me classes.