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; age-specific pajamas; a stuffed animal; an alarm clock; a TeachMy Educational Kit; and a kid-friendly reading 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 Boxes (3 months through 1 year), Toddler Boxes (ages 2 through 3), Pre-K Boxes (age 4), and Kindergarten Boxes (age 5).
In our first year, we provided over 600 low-income families with Boxes across Baltimore. Since then, demand for our program has only grown and we will deliver our 4,500th Box by the end of the 2018-19 School Year. 4,500 Boxes is $675,000 of resources including 22,500 books and 49,500 additional bedtime materials.
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 a significant increase in oral language development and improvements in sleeping patters that support the development of healthy minds and bodies of children.