To meet the material, educational, and emotional needs of children in the Washington, D.C area.

Beloved Babies Layette Program

The Layette Program is the corner stone program of the Society. It has been a constant since our founding over 125 years ago. The Layette Program provides material assistance to babies born to low income mothers in the DC area. Many of these mothers face motherhood with added challenges of poverty, single parenthood, unemployment. The Layette Program provides material assistance in the form of ’starter kits’ known as layettes. Each layette contains the essentials every newborn needs: onesies, sleepers, receiving blankets, diapers, bottles, a children’s book and a handmade blanket. The handmade blankets are the most beloved part of the layette because it is truly a gift of love. The layettes also include educational material for the new mothers on topics such as: breast feeding, immunizations, home safety, and SIDS prevention.

We work with the following agencies to distribute layettes:

A Woman’s Choice, Adelphi Langley Support Center, Adolescent Single Parent Program, Bright Beginnings, Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, Community of Hope, DC Healthy Start, The Family Place, HHS Germantown Health Center, Healthy Babies Project, Healthy Families Arlington, Healthy Families Montgomery Co., Howard University Hospital, Mary Center, Montgomery County Head Start, Montgomery Co. HHS, SS Health Center, Northwest Center, Northwestern High School, Child Development Center, Pregnancy Aid Center, P.G. County Health Department, P.G County Infant at Risk, Providence HospitalCenter for Life, Queen of Peace Missionaries, Rockville Pregnancy Center, Sanctuaries for Life, Shady Grove Pregnancy, Center, United Medical Center, United Planning Organization, Unity Healthcare East of the River, Unity Healthcare, Upper Cardozo, V. Williams Family Resource Center, Washington Hospital, Youth Professional Development.

The Layette Program is one of our most intensely volunteer driven programs. Over 200 volunteers knit orcrochet the handmade gifts of love that are included in the layettes. Regular volunteers come to the office to attach a prayer card and medal to the blankets, and collate educational materials. Our guilds pack layettes 5 times a year. Over 2,000 volunteer hours are dedicated to the program each year.



CCS Office 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 102 Washington, DC 20016 Phone: 202-966-9250 info@christchilddc.org | The Opportunity Shop 1427 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20007 202-333-6635 opshop@christchilddc.org | The Merrick Center 4275 4th Street, SE Washington, DC 20032 aanglade@christchilddc.org


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