Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

EPIC - Every Person Influences Children

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

April 2012

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 1, 2009–February 18, 2011


Each year, tens of thousands of young, inexperienced new parents leave the hospital with their newborns without the knowledge and resources to provide proper care.

In Buffalo, Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) had designed and implemented Ready, Set, Parent!, a comprehensive, research-based, award-winning parent education program that provides free supportive services to new parents within 48 hours of their children’s birth. With NYHealth’s support, EPIC expanded this program to hospitals in three large urban areas of demonstrated high need while continuing service at the four largest birth hospitals in the Greater Buffalo Region. This initiative has allowed EPIC to advance advocacy activities currently being implemented on a local, statewide, and national stage to focus funding on parenting education as a critical component to early childhood learning and newborn health.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Reached a room visit goal of 10,193 visits.
  • Implemented  successful in-room visits by trained parent educators, newborn classes in maternity units, and follow-up workshops in the community at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Niagara Falls, Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn.
  • Achieved 5,897 visits to newborn classes.
  • Equipped parents with high levels of knowledge, skills, and support for healthy child development.
  • Submitted the Ready, Set, Parent! program to a number of other conferences and symposiums for consideration for presentation.