Volunteerism for Baby Steps Newport

Volunteerism for Baby Steps Newport

Why Baby Steps?

Prompted by concerns over the dropout rate and the low NECAP test performance of students from economically disadvantaged families, Baby Steps - modeled after the “Baby College of Harlem” - began in in the spring of 2009 through a consortium of educational and social agencies in Newport, Rhode Island. Program goals are to:

• Assure that each child in Newport, by the age of 3, develops a full and vibrant vocabulary and social skills that would effectively prepare the child for pre-K or kindergarten.
• Assure that the parents/caregivers become and remain involved with their child’s education pre-k through grade 12.

Several strategies are employed to meet program goals with primary delivery through monthly Saturday Morning sessions involving parents, children and expectant parents. At these sessions parents/caregivers actively engage in:

o Singing and Reading
o Active “On the Rug” interaction among parents, children and mentors ( adult volunteers)
o Informational sessions on health, nutrition, education and social services within the community

The Baby Steps Newport program is aligned with the goals, strategies and outcomes of the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Interested in volunteering? We have many opportunities for volunteers, ranging from participation in our Saturday sessions to helping solicit donations and assisting with administrative work.  Please call 401-533-1160.

Thank you!