Historic East Baltimore North and South to Help Neighborhood Children Have Healthier Start in Life

September 6, 2000
Kick-Off Celebration to include free lunch and fun activities for the whole family

BALTIMORE, MD - Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also cause worry and anxiety for expectant mothers, especially inexperienced ones. An expectant mother may worry about the health of her baby, building a safe and healthy environment for her child, and coping with some of the difficulties facing urban families. But now help is available to these families through a unique collaborative known as Success by 6®, a program designed to give children healthier starts in life.

Success by 6 consists of human service agencies from seven Baltimore City neighborhoods that will deliver assistance to families with newborns and children up to age 6. Historic East Baltimore North and South (HEBN & S) are two of seven neighborhoods selected to receive a grant from Baltimore's Success by 6 to provide services addressing the following indicators: low birth weight, infant mortality, children exposed to violence, and school readiness.

In response to these indicators, HEBN has developed a comprehensive family support services consisting of home visiting and community based services within the existing community. Services vary from educational groups about child care to groups on job readiness and employment. "Our hope is that this variety of resources and activities will help sustain families and support families in their daily life's goal," says Patricia Barger, director of Historic East Baltimore North.

To launch this program, HEB North and South will host a kick-off celebration on Saturday September 9, at Madison Square Recreation Center on 1401 East Biddle Street. The celebration is from 11:00 AM. to 3:00 PM, and includes live music entertainment, free lunch, caricatures, face painting, children's story telling hour and other fun activities for the entire family.

"Children with low birth weight are more likely to have developmental delays and learning problems," says Patricia Barger. "By offering families the opportunity to participate in educational groups such as health, nutrition and child development, we hope to ensure that babies are born healthy and maintain their health throughout their childhood, entering schools ready to learn."

The HEB North Family Support Strategy is led by Kennedy Krieger Institute in partnership with: Child Development/Community Policing, Dayspring Program, East Baltimore Youth Services, New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Women's Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Sojourner-Douglass College, the Men's Center, the GATE, and Clergy United for the Renewal of East Baltimore. HEB South is lead by Healthy Start, Inc., in partnership with Sojourner-Douglass College, Casey Family Services, Men's Center, and East Baltimore Youth Services.

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