The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.
The earliest years, from birth to three, are proven to be the most critical period of cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Room to Grow's program provides three key pillars of support: individualized parenting guidance and education; essential material items such as books, toys, clothing and gear to ensure a safe and enriching home environment; and connections to vital community resources such as quality childcare, mental health services, job training, and nutritional support.
Parents living in poverty are referred to Room to Grow by a selected group of prenatal programs throughout New York City. Upon their referral, parents visit Room To Grow's warm and inviting space every three months from just before the birth of their baby until their child turns three. During their one-on-one appointments with a social worker, parents select new and nearly new clothing, toys, books, and other baby essentials, free of charge, and receive parenting information and support to ensure their child's healthy and secure start in life.