Mission Statement

We are a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the Literacy Council and Hospitals to promote literacy. Currently, we collaborate with Orange Regional Medical Center so that each mother is given a baby board book when discharged from the Mother Baby Unit. Baby S.T.E.P is not associated with any for profit businesses. We are simply trying to make a difference in the lives of children by promoting a love for reading. We hope to expand to WIC offices, pediatricians, and other low-socio economic communities to inform parents of the importance of reading to babies. By providing an educational pamphlet and the baby's first book...we are we are giving the Gift of Reading and Endless Possibilities!

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Working Towards Early Literacy for Babies

My name is Danielle F. Lowe and I am the chairman of the board at Baby S.T.E.P Inc. in Middletown, New York. Since 2011, our nonprofit organization has been working towards early literacy for babies by providing books to mothers and families. Our board members include:

Board Members

Dr. Danielle F. Lowe

Our chairman Dr. Danielle Lowe received her doctoral degree at William Howard Taft University in January 2016. Her dissertation evaluated the effects of attention span and engagement when reading books to infants. She has also developed her own strategy for teaching writing to primary-aged kids and has been gathering data for the past seven to eight years which she hopes to publish in the future.

She found out that children will naturally progress through the developmental stages of writing when they are ready. The key is to offer them opportunities to create. Providing them with different writing tools, such as crayons, color pencils, markers, even shaving cream will build their foundational reading skills, as well as their fine motor skills.

Danielle also presented her research on the effects of bibliotherapy on children internationally. If you are interested to learn about this study and Danielle’s resources, you can reach out to her through our organization.

Tarkan T. Ceng

Tarkan, our treasurer, has received his doctoral degree at The Sage Colleges. He has explored participative leadership for his dissertation and is currently the superintendent of schools in New York. Additionally, Tarkan is a “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” trainer and facilitator.

Barbara Ann Reimer

Barbara is our organization’s vice chairman. She recently received her administrative degree from Long Island University.

Laura Guadaramas

Laura is our secretary who helps to meet the needs of students in special education. Her experience includes helping children from kindergarten to the eighth grade.

Get To Know Dr. Danielle F. Lowe

For over 20 years, Danielle taught pre-kindergarten through seventh grade in an inner-city school district in New York. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses for over15 years. In 2023, Danielle started Dr. Lowe's Play Academy, where she created a child led, nature based , evolving curriculum to meet the needs of each and every child. 

Dr. Danielle F. Lowe

Kindergarten Teacher Danielle F. Lowe

In her classroom at Truman Moon Primary Center in Middletown, is working on her doctoral degree. Her work on how books can help children cope with crisis is attracting some attention in various academic circles.

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Middletown teacher finds books can help kids in crisis Research draws global attention

By Heather Yakin - Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM - 09/28/09

MIDDLETOWN - As a kindergarten teacher, Danielle Lowe is a believer in early intervention.Early reading helps kids learn later in life, and books can help young children cope with crisis.Lowe, who teaches at Truman Moon Primary Center in Middletown, has been a teacher for 10 years, and kindergarten is what she loves.They're sponges up till age 6, Lowe said.

Lowe also teaches graduate courses as an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz, and she has just started working on a doctoral degree through William Howard Taft University. One of her focuses is using books to help children deal with crises. Kids face issues from the everyday, such as test anxiety, to more dire things such as violence. There's a lot of scary things in their lives, Lowe said.

My Professional and Educational Background

In 2006, I was able to observe and co-teach in the inner-city classrooms of Dublin, Ireland, and collaborated with Irish teachers and administrators on early childhood assessments. In those classrooms, I learned that schools work with parents in the community beginning at birth.

Aside from that, I also worked with teachers and administrators in London, United Kingdom. I was intrigued by the families’ approach to collaborate with schools even before their children reach school age.

In the following years, I presented for the Staff Development for Educators at the National New England Teachers Conference in 2007, followed by the National Kindergarten Conference in Las Vegas in 2009.

In March 2009, I also presented my research article, “Helping Children Cope through Literature,” at Pembroke University in Oxford which was later selected for publication. By the end of that year, I was awarded a scholarship to pursue my doctoral degree at William Howard Taft University.

In January 2011, I worked in the orphanages and classrooms of Belize and presented at the Belize International Symposium for Educators. This is where I was fortunate enough to share my research with the country’s ambassador.

Later in August that year, I decided to create the nonprofit organization, Baby S.T.E.P Inc., in hopes of promoting literacy through hospitals, WIC offices, pediatricians, and more. We were formally granted nonprofit status and recruited board members to help us in our vision and mission to provide support to parents and community members in promoting infant literacy.

Join My Research Today

If you would like to join my study on early childhood education and development, reach out to Baby S.T.E.P Inc. today. I look forward to having you and your baby on board.

Working Together

Our board members like to collaborate to create special projects. For instance, Diane and Danielle Lowe authored and illustrated a children’s book entitled “Trixie the Christmas Pixie.” On the other hand, Danielle, Tarkan, and Barbara are all facilitators and trainers at Starlab.