'Baby University' comes to Charleston

By ELIZABETH HARRIS,

Beginning this month, a successful program to support new parents and caregivers comes to Charleston.

Baby University, which began in Clarksdale, was replicated by the Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance — also known as TELA — in Sumner at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.

Baby University is now being offered for Charleston families at the James C. Kennedy Wellness Center.

The program provides education, support and resources to assist families with children up to age three.

TELA’s Baby University is a program that “helps parents understand the milestones their children will reach in the early years, and how to become their child’s first teacher. They also get the opportunity to learn about health and nutrition topics to make sure their kids are healthy,” said Mae Ruth Watson, early learning coordinator with the Tallahatchie River Foundation and TELA.

“It’s also wonderful to get to learn together with other parents in the community, and support one another,” added Watson.

Anyone who is a new parent, new primary caregiver of a child from birth to age 3 or expecting a new baby may sign up for March classes in Charleston.

Contact Mae Ruth Watson at 662-375-4900 or email her at maeruth@wearetela.org.