Improving childhood learning & health for families, regardless of income.
We envision a healthy and educational bedtime for all.
Bedtime is more than just getting ready for sleep. It's a time to talk, laugh, play, learn, and imagine, while in the bath or in bed. It's a time to discuss the day and share stories with the help of silly voices and sillier characters.
By giving parents and caregivers, especially those in low-income households, the tools to nurture their children, we are developing habits that will last a lifetime, improving early literacy outcomes, and supporting the link between home and school.
Each Box contains five age-appropriate books; bath wash, a towel, and bath toys; a toothbrush and toothpaste; pajamas; a stuffed animal; an alarm clock; a Teach My Learning Kit; and a kid-friendly routine log.
In order to ensure that children have age-appropriate materials for their bedtime routine, we’ve developed four different leveled Boxes to meet the needs of a growing child: Infant (3 months+), Toddler (18 months to 3 years), Preschool (ages 3 to 4), and Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6).
In our first year, we provided our Boxes to over 600 low-income families in Baltimore. Since then, demand for our program has continued to grow, and as of today we have delivered over 7,500 Boxes. These Boxes represent $1.1 million worth of resources, including 37,500 new books and 82,500 additional bedtime materials, all going into the homes of families that need them most.
In this time, we’ve seen families reading significantly more with their children each week. We’ve also seen the number of families implementing a consistent bedtime routine nearly double. This data represents an increase in oral language development and improvements in sleeping patterns that support the development of healthy minds and bodies of children.