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CCMI seeking donations for next Baby University

August 19, 2011
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. is seeking donations for their next Baby University program beginning in September.

BabyU is a seven-week parent program for expectant families living in the 33916 ZIP code. The mission is to promote healthy growth, achievement potential and vibrant relationships by enriching the parent-child bond.

The quality of attachment between infants and parents is critical to healthy development. According to the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, it is "one of the strongest predictors of later development" and it lays the foundation for social and academic skills.

"Mothers in our community traditionally have not received the support and information they need," said Sarah Owen, CEO of CCMI. "A child's chances of a healthy life begin during pregnancy which is why it is so important for their parents to understand their baby's needs from the start in order to break the cycle of poverty and give these families tools for success."

During the program, expectant mothers and family members will learn from a variety of specialists about the changes to their bodies as well as their relationships. The program will also cover such topics as fetal and early child development, safety and the importance of early bonding that infants require for healthy development.

"We are looking to partner with local businesses and individuals for support through sponsorships or donations of raffle items," said Lisa Cronin, volunteer liaison for CCMI.

A wish list of items includes body pillows, body wedges, compression socks/leggings, maternity clothing, maternity bras, breast feeding bras, breast pumps, nursing pillows, fetal heart monitors, prenatal massages, stretch mark creams, fiber mixes, bottled water, water filters, car seats, baby gates, outlet covers, wall anchors for furniture, baby carriers, furniture bumpers/pads, safety latches for drawers and cabinets, white onesies, diapers, baby wipes, infant nail clippers, infant baths, rockers/gliders and footstools, baby monitors, baby bottles, bibs, high chairs, diaper bags, pack and plays, strollers, mobiles, lullaby CDs, infant toys (0-6 months), children's books and all-day bus passes

CCMI is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through their Everyday Caf and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in their Community Montessori, offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through their United Way Resource House, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year.

CCMI serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. CCMI works in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, Harry Chapin Food Bank and various community foundations as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups including The School District of Lee County and numerous churches, businesses and community support organizations.

For more information, contact Cronin at or 239-332-7687.



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