Expansion of Beech Brook’s S.T.E.P.S. Program Investment
Bruening Foundation Invests in Expansion of Beech Brook’s S.T.E.P.S. Program
At its May 2018 meeting, the Bruening Foundation awarded Beech Brook a Strong Start grant of $328,382 over 3 years to expand the S.T.E.P.S (Security, Touch, Eyes, Play, Sound) program for parents and young children. The S.T.E.P.S. program encourages healthy parent/child bonding, increases parent knowledge about infant/child brain development and supports parents in nurturing their child’s cognitive and social/emotional development.
Beech Brook will offer the S.T.E.P.S. programming at its Family Drop In Center in the Central neighborhood and at a variety of partner sites that include the Friendly Inn, East Tech High School, day care centers, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Outhwaite Homes, Morris Black and Cedar Estates, Family Promise, which serves young, homeless families, and MetroHealth, as an add-on session for participants in the Boot Camp for New Dads. A total of 2,279 parents and 2,139 children will be served by the S.T.E.P.S. program over the 3-year period.