The Mount Sinai Parenting Center, located within Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, aims to transform the way pediatric healthcare is delivered by maximizing opportunities to promote strong parent-child relationships and early child development within everyday healthcare interactions. Through provider training, environmental transformation and pioneering research, our easily scalable programming will leverage the healthcare space to reach families in the earliest years.
Current investments in public Pre-K education, home visiting models for high-risk families, and concentrated services for children and families in impoverished neighborhoods are not the full answer. They tend to occur too late in child development, are expensive to scale, and can be difficult for the most vulnerable families to access.
The nation’s health care system already reaches almost every American child, beginning at birth if not before. 99% of babies are born in hospitals, and on average a child will have 15 well child visits and countless sick visits in the first 5 years of life.
Within five years, we aim to reach over 500,000 children. Our five-year goals include:
Creating a model curriculum for incorporating parenting into pediatric residency training
Expanding the curriculum from Mount Sinai Hospital to pediatric residency programs throughout the country
Using positive parenting to promote children’s cognitive and emotional growth
Reaching more than 500,000 children by the end of our fifth year
Providing parents with confidence, skills and satisfaction in parenting
Modeling the transformation of pediatric spaces throughout the hospital to promote positive parent-child relationships
Pioneering new research on changes in healthcare providers practice and beliefs related to parenting
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