First Steps is a United Way of Baldwin County program that partners with local pediatrician offices to promote early literacy and healthy eating. Joining together with the nationwide effort, Reach Out and Read, the United Way of Baldwin County puts age appropriate books in the hands of children and their parents at every well check up pediatrician office visit from ages 6 months to 5 years old with a goal of developing critical early reading skills in children. In addition to books, each child will receive a pre-school sized portion plate and activity book that promotes healthy eating at their 18 month check up.
Our goal is to promote to our community the importance of early reading and healthy eating. This program provides the ability to introduce the first steps of literacy and healthy eating to a child from their first steps in life. We want all children to be prepared when they start school, both from an education and health standpoint, and we help to acheive that through the First Steps program.
The program officially launched on April 1, 2015 and is offered in four pediatrician offices throughout the county. They are: North Baldwin Pediatrics, Gulf Shores Pediatrics, Fairhope Pediatrics and Eastern Shore Children's Clinic.