Support for New Families in Shelters
What: All mothers with newborns in city homeless shelters will receive two visits from the city's Newborn Home Visiting Program.
The Players: The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Homeless Services.
How Much: $2.3 million.
How Many: 2,000 mothers with their newborns.
When: Fiscal Year 2016.
Last year, some 1,800 babies were born to mothers living in homeless shelters. Yet there are virtually no developmental supports in place for homeless babies and toddlers.
A Proven Parenting Program for NYC
What: A practical parenting intervention that aims to increase attachment between young children and caregivers will be available for vulnerable babies and toddlers in two high-needs neighborhoods. Ultimately, the model will expand throughout NYC.
The Players: ACS; Power of Two; community based organizations in Brownsville and East New York; Stony Brook University; private foundations.
How much: To be determined; the majority of money to come from federal funding for kids in foster care.
How many: To be determined.
When: Families living in Brownsville and East New York will be able to participate in the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) program beginning October 2015. Over the next three years, the model will expand to all five boroughs.