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About The Baby College®

At the Baby College®, we see today’s newborns as tomorrow’s college graduates and community role models. Since a child’s first years are crucial to his or her future health and success, we launched the Baby College® to educate and support new and expectant parents and other caregivers through the ins and outs of early childhood development.

  • The Baby College® is a seven-week virtual or nine-week in person Saturday workshop offered in five cycles per year for parents and guardians. (*The program is currently seven weeks while virtual.)
  • We follow a curriculum designed by a preeminent pediatrician and cover all essential topics for children ages zero to three.
  • Graduates leave the program with a wealth of knowledge and a bolstered sense of confidence.
  • Participants form a sense of community with their fellow classmates and make new friends they can turn to for support, questions, ideas, empathy, and laughter long after the seven weeks or nine weeks has ended.

Don’t worry if you have other children — during each workshop, we offer childcare for registered parents and caretakers who have children ages 4 to 12.

7,000

Baby College® graduates since 2000

3

Languages offered — English, Spanish, and French

65

Families in each of the 5 class cycles per year

Curriculum

The Baby College®’s hallmark curriculum follows Touchpoints™, an infant development model created by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, the late founder of the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Brazelton’s approach maintains a balance between theory and practice, in that it asks parents to implement what they are learning in real-time to help solidify concepts and deepen understanding.

Parents and caretakers learn the typical stages of cognitive, social, and emotional development for children ages zero to three. They graduate the program armed with best practice strategies to engage in meaningful interactions with their children and raise them in a healthy and safe home.

Additionally, the program touches on appropriate discipline, early immunization, and adequate healthcare. Parents gain the knowledge to ensure adequate care at home and also how and when to advocate for their child’s optimal care.

GRADS

GRADS (Guardians Responding and Developing Strategies) Early Head Start is a year-round, home-visiting program for expectant mothers and children ages 0–3 years old.

We introduced GRADS in 2010 to provide graduates of The Baby College® an opportunity to deepen their understanding of early childhood development and strengthen parent-child relationships. Since then, GRADS has evolved to serve the greater Central Harlem community and is a vital link in the HCZ educational pipeline.

Our Approach

The GRADS team makes weekly home visits and leads bi-weekly playgroups. Meetings are convivial and provide parents with high-quality tools to nurture their child’s growth through everyday activities, family relationships, and community support. We also offer guidance to families in enhancing their child’s early literacy and school-readiness skills. In all of our work, we use only materials and activities that are evidence-based, age-appropriate, and highly customizable.

Outside of visits, we offer parent workshops, support groups, and events to further empower parents as their child’s first teacher. All offerings are led by point-person trained in the social work, early childhood education, or healthcare fields.

The longevity of GRADS’ partnerships with families assures the continuity of services at a most significant period of development in children’s lives and promotes a meaningful transition to the next program in our pipeline, the Three-Year-Old Journey.

A woman smiles and poses for a photo while holding a baby
A woman smiles and poses for a photo while holding a baby

Meet a Member of Our Team

Orielle Munante

A beloved member of HCZ for decades, Orielle has been known to hundreds as their second Mom.

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Expectant or new parents, we’d love to connect. Please email or call us at any time!

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