HATCH Community Doulas in Oakland serve very young women emerging from difficult circumstances. Berkeley's Black Infant Health program serves expectant mothers in Berkeley and surrounding communities. Both these programs include the importance of nurturing literacy from the start; we supply their clients the tools to do so, from the start.
*Demographically Targeted Books for Events: We purchase books that feature children/families of color and/or are bilingual-Spanish for our Baby Book Club table and for events at partner programs Healthy Black Families and Black Infant Health. Our intention is to make books available to children who are woefully under represented in the children's book publishing world: over 70% of new children's books feature only or nearly only white children/families (when characters are human).
It is a powerful thing for a very young child to see themselves reflected on the pages of a book in their hands. We want this experience to be part of every child's life, repeatedly and from the start.