Toro CommunityBabyShower FBCHICAGO — To ensure parents of newborns and young children in the 20th District have access to essential supplies for early childhood development, State Senator Natalie Toro is hosting a community baby shower on Jan. 28.

“Becoming a parent should be an exciting and joyful time, not a time dominated by stress and uncertainty about access to necessary early childhood products, such as diapers, baby clothes and books and toys that teach children,” said Toro (D-Chicago). “This baby shower will make these important items more accessible and give our neighbors the chance to enjoy these special years.”

Toro’s community baby shower will take place Sunday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Concordia Place, located at 3300 N. Whipple St. Parents will be able to take home a variety of early childhood items and useful information from event co-sponsors, including Lurie Children’s Hospital, Concordia Place, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Treasurer’s office.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak about their parenting plans with specialists who can offer tips, such as how to prevent injuries and best practices when laying a baby to sleep. Expecting families will also be able to take home books or toys that can be essential for a child’s early intellectual development— something Senator Toro is especially passionate about.

“As a former kindergarten teacher, I know how important early childhood development is for education outcomes,” said Toro. “I am excited to be able to support parents in this exciting and change-filled time, and provide essential supplies with the help of local organizations.”

For questions about the event, residents can contact Toro’s district office at 773-278-2020.