Nekeisha, a 29 year old mother of two was overwhelmed fulfilling her role as a hard-working, single mom. But in the Spring of 2012, while pregnant with her third child, Nekeisha found the support she was looking for. She found Baby’s Best Start.
“I was working a lot to support myself and my children. I was going through a divorce, working, and in college. I was overwhelmed by life and doing it all by myself.”
Baby’s Best Start is a free, nine-week program dedicated to getting every child off to the best possible start by working together with parents to support every aspect of a child’s development. The overall goal of the program is to provide parents and caregivers with the information and supports they need to raise happy, healthy children who are able to enter school and be ready to learn.
“I didn’t know what to expect and was admittedly hesitant about the program but from the moment I walked in I felt very welcome,” recalls Nekeisha. “It felt like a family. A family with different backgrounds and experiences…the staff and other participants made me feel like I wasn’t alone.”
Each week, Nekeisha learned something new. From the importance of separating school and work from family life to incorporating educational activities into her children’s daily lives.
Most notably for Nekeisha, she learned about appropriate discipline and communication strategies.
Nekeisha was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States in 2007. Culturally, these two aspects of parenting are different here than in her native country. Baby’s Best Start educated her about these differences.
“I learned how to communicate and discipline my children. They taught me the importance of spending individual time with each of them. Now we cook, read, and play together more than ever.”
In the Summer of 2015 Nekeisha was expecting again. She came back to Baby’s Best Start to prepare herself for her growing family.
“You never know it all, even after your first child. I’m always learning something new. The more I went to Baby’s Best Start the more things I learned about myself and my children. It helped me become a better parent and person.”