Somerset Judy Center Celebrates New & Expecting Parents at Community Baby Shower

WESTOVER, MD, September 27, 2022 – The Somerset County Judy Center recently held the Fifth Annual Community Baby Shower for new and expecting parents at the Somerset County Technical High School in Westover, MD. Over 60 guests attended, including 39 new or expecting mothers. The event was funded in part by the MSDE Judy Center Expansion Grant, a generous monetary donation from Anthem, Inc., and in-kind donations of essential infant supplies and gear from Aetna, Chesapeake Health Care, Healthy Families Lower Shore, and the Somerset County Health Department. 
 
The Community Baby Shower provides new parents with the resources and knowledge they need to begin preparing their child for success in school from birth. Parents received important information on car seat safety, safe sleeping practices, mental health resources, child development and much more while enjoying a traditional baby shower atmosphere. Guests enjoyed lunch, playing baby-themed games, giveaways, door-prizes, and free family photography sessions. 
 
When asked what the most important thing she learned at the event was, one parent replied, "I'm not alone." Through this event, the Judy Center seeks to build community while providing parents with education and resources that will benefit their child for years to come.
 
room full of women and babies dancing
Judy Center Family Services Coordinator, Tynice DeShields and Judy Center Home and School Connections Specialist Tyshika Bonneville-Laws led the group in singing and dancing to the children’s song, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes;” one of many songs that can help infants and toddlers with gross motor skills and language development.
 
woman and baby being photographed on a white chair with green background and white and gold balloons
Families were treated to a free portrait session at the Somerset Judy Center’s Community Baby Shower.
 
woman in black shirt smiling next to three car seats with dolls in the seats
Deona Henson, Judy Center Early Childhood Generalist, distributed information about car seat safety and set appointments with new parents to demonstrate proper car seat installation at the Community Baby Shower. Income-eligible families can receive a free car seat from the Somerset Judy Center. 
 
woman in green shirt behind blue table handing papers to two women on the other side of the table
Katie Klein, Infant and Toddler Liaison of the Somerset County Infants & Toddlers Program (Left), distributes information to new mothers about screening and early intervention services for children under the age of three who may have a developmental delay, disability or other condition that may impact typical development and school-readiness.
 
a table with a large assortment of baby supplies
An assortment of infant supplies, toys and equipment were given away as prizes to new parents attending the Judy Center Community Baby Shower.
 
a middle-aged woman raising a baby boy up in the air
A grandmother is all smiles as she plays her grandson at the Somerset Judy Center’s Community Baby Shower. 
 
woman in black shirt and pink skirt holding a box of diaper rash cream
Judy Center Home and School Connections Specialist Tyshika Bonneville-Laws displays a tube of diaper rash cream as Community Baby Shower guests guess the retail price during a baby-themed game of “Price is Right.” 
 
About the Somerset County Judy Center
The Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Family Education Centers or "Judy Center Partnerships" were created by the Maryland State Department of Education and serve children birth through Kindergarten and their families in an effort to increase the number of children entering school ready to learn. Judy Centers promote school readiness through collaboration with community-based agencies, organizations and local businesses. Somerset County Public Schools’ Judy Centers are housed within Princess Anne Elementary School in Princess Anne, and Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Crisfield, MD.