CMOM takes its expertise in working with children and families out of the museum and into the community.
New York City
Family Health Pilot Program in South Bronx: East Side House Settlement
Building on five years of family-based arts and literacy programs at East Side House Settlement (ESHS) in the South Bronx that helped prepare young children for success in school, CMOM is in the second year of a three-year national pilot program to test its Eat Sleep Play arts-based health curriculum. CMOM health educators use the curriculum to teach children, parents and caregivers in this 8,000 resident low-income community how to eat healthy, get the right amount of sleep and lead an active lifestyle.
In spring of 2011, CMOM began testing the Eat Sleep Play curriculum with families in New Orleans through a partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Museum. CMOM health educators train staff from Louisiana Children’s Museum to use the Eat Sleep Play curriculum to teach children, parents and care givers at the Royal Castle Child Development Center in New Orleans about making healthy choices.
Research and Evaluation
CMOM is working with external evaluators The Michael Cohen Research Group to conduct a three year evaluation of the curriculum pilots in the Bronx and Louisiana. CMOM has already seen very encouraging results from the first 11-week pilot program in the Bronx last spring, with a noted change in food habits, portion control and attitudes in a relatively short period of time. Caregivers switched from whole milk to skim milk, reduced portion sizes, used fruits as snacks and learned new ways to introduce more vegetables into their family’s diet. The research highlighted small but important changes in opportunities to adjust the Eat Sleep Play curriculum and identify key obstacles to healthy behavior.
View the Michael Cohen Research Group Summary Pilot Evaluation
View samples of CMOM's Family Health Handouts: Smart Sleep! and I Love My Vegetables
View CMOM's 11-week Family Health Curriculum Overview
EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative is funded, in part, by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Goldman Sachs Gives; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; the United Way of New York City; the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.