“Several of my clients are teen mothers in foster care with little to no resources to care for their babies. These girls are in desperate need for baby clothes, diapers, strollers and other necessities which is where Little Essentials has been instrumental in our clients potentially avoiding foster care placement for their own children. Donations help ensure that these babies are adequately provided for and instill increased confidence in our young women of their care-taking abilities.” - Samantha Fried, Social Worker LMSW, The Legal Aid Society.
Little Essentials (LE) offers at-risk families living in poverty urgently needed children’s supplies and parenting education to promote the health, wellbeing and safety of their children under five. Through our partners, Little Essentials provides urgently needed items such as warm clothing, car seats and strollers and promotes Safe Sleep by providing cribs, bassinets, and pack & plays.
From mothers and children living in domestic violence shelters to homeless families and teen parents raising babies while living in foster care, the families we serve often have nowhere else to turn. Little Essentials is often the difference between a premature baby on oxygen support sleeping on a shelter floor, or in safe and comfortable crib; between a teen mother interviewing only for jobs that her two-year-old child can walk or be carried to, and being able to travel city-wide because she has a stroller.
Our educational workshops are taught by the expert staff of doctors and nurses at Tribeca Pediatrics, with a focus on maternal health, child safety & health (CPR, breastfeeding) and child development. At LE our focus is on providing the families of children living in poverty with the support they need at a time of crisis, giving them tools to provide their children with a healthy, safe and brighter future.
LE participates in Mayor De Blasio's NYC Children’s Cabinet Early Years Collaborative focused on promoting healthy pregnancies in Brownsville, Brooklyn. LE partners with Sesame Street Workshop to bring their innovative resources directed at improving the emotional wellbeing and health of young children to the families who need them most. LE distributes informational pamphlets from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on SIDS, breastfeeding and newborn care to new and expectant mothers.
Since 2011, we have helped over 25,000 children living in poverty!
Little Essentials: Helping our littlest in BIG Ways!
Little Essentials (LE) improves the health, safety and wellbeing of children living in poverty by providing urgently needed resources and parenting education to families in crisis.