Baby Bundles

United Way of the Brazos Valley is dedicated to ensuring every child succeeds in school. National statistics indicate two-thirds of children living in poverty grow up with no books in the home. One nationwide study even found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 13 books per child per home, but in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is only one age appropriate book for every 300 children.

The Baby Bundles program provides every newborn in the Brazos Valley with their first book regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic status, and are available in both English and Spanish. Baby Bundles are designed to give parents everything they need to begin their child's love of ready early! We partnered with the Labor & Delivery Departments of local hospitals and delivery centers in the region to distribute Baby Bundles just after the baby is born. Each Baby Bundle includes a tote packed with:

  • A board book suitable for parents to begin reading to the baby immediately

  • Reading Tips and ideas

  • Resources on developmental milestones

  • Information on community resources and services

  • a small tactile toy 

  • Available in both English and Spanish

The goal of the Baby Bundles program is to ensure all children grow up with access to books at home and the secondary objective is that all children start school ready to learn to read. Baby Bundles are provided to local hospitals on an ongoing basis. Each month, UWBV volunteers and/or staff deliver storage bins of Baby Bundles to each hospital. 

Each year on Day of Action (Jun. 21), as part of United Way Worldwide's national Day of Action volunteer effort, UWBV joins together with over 100 community volunteers to assemble Baby Bundles. Baby Bundles are provided to local hospitals on an ongoing basis. Each month, UWBV volunteers and/or staff deliver storage bins of Baby Bundles to each hospital. 

  • 2016 - 100 volunteers assembled 1,250 Baby Bundles

  • 2017 - 100 volunteers assembled 3,000 Baby Bundles

  • 2018 - 110 volunteers assembled 3,000 Baby Bundles