StartSmart: Birth Gifts with a Purpose

Looking to recognize a parent-to-be at your workplace or in your life? Give the gift that gets a child off to a smart start!

Show that you care with a StartSmart Birth Gift.

Joe Marks shares the inspiration behind beginning the StartSmart birth gift program.

If you or your company are going to give a gift, you might as well make it a fun, brain-developing gift.

The most important thing anyone can do for children (and communities can do for the future!) is invest in brain development at an early age. This gift shows that you care about the parent, the child and your community.

StartSmart Birth Gifts include a set of 4 board books for the new baby, Social Emotional Tools for Life: Five Parenting Strategies to Support Emotional Development by Kay Albrecht and Michelle M. Forrester for the parent/caregiver, and a set of fun tips for early childhood brain development from Vroom, all wrapped in a flannel baby blanket! A congratulations card with your customized message can be included.

BONUS: Your purchase also contributes to the enrollment of a local, at-risk child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This means more books for local kids!

The following organizations are members of the Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors and are committed to ensuring more books for local kids through the purchase of StartSmart birth gifts:

  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities
  • Clark-Mortenson Insurance
  • Communicators Group
  • Electronic Imaging Materials
  • Filtrine Manufacturing
  • The Richards Group
  • Isis Latham, RVP, Primerica
  • Keene Housing
  • Monadnock Food Co-op
  • Monadnock United Way
  • Savings Bank of Walpole
  • True North Networks

If your organization would like to be added to this list, please contact

StartSmart: Birth Gifts with a Purpose is supported by the Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors, with additional support from generous sponsors. Enrollments in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are managed by the Keene Housing Kids Collaborative. If you have questions about this initiative, please contact us.