Woodhull Medical Center's video project aims to promote school readiness in low-income infants

Participating low-income families are videotaped reading and interacting with their kids.

Participating low-income families are videotaped reading and interacting with their kids. (8/28/13)

BUSHWICK - Staff at Woodhull Medical Center in Bushwick have unveiled a new program to promote school readiness among low-income infants and toddlers.

The video interaction project has been used at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since 1999. Participating low-income families are videotaped reading and interacting with their kids. They say children's brains develop early, and it gets parents into the habit of helping their kids with language development.

Kiara Gonzalez, 21, says having videotaped copies of her interactions with her daughter will help her track the infant's progression.

The Woodhull project is a one-year pilot program. Medical experts expect it to serve up to 1,000 children over the next year in Bushwick and surrounding neighborhoods.

For more on the program, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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