Great idea Kharzia! I would also suggest a social justice component. Some of the infants that could benefit from this the most are those that lack other socialization opportunities. I would suggest an operational strategy for the coffee shop that supports ALL mothers and infants to be able to participate. Perhaps a model similar to Grace Cafe, in Danville, Kentucky. https://www.gracecafeky.org/everybody-eats/
Allison, in addition to forming intentional social relationships between the kids (with the sustained benefits for developing community care giving habits) you are also developing social trust and initiating relationships among the parents who will be sharing in this activity. I like it! You might consider involving home-schooled families as this benefits their integration and socialization into the neighborhood. this effort needs a leader with the cosmovision of how this builds and sustains neighborhood relationships and supports the ongoing health and well-being of the participants. In other words - there are bigger things at stake here than having kids play together. Having the youth feel a sense of responsibility for the babies is essential. reading to them, assist with feeding, structured play, exposure to music, arts, etc. (as per your youth asset assessment) can help the baby - but build confidence, responsibility and social networks for the participating youth. Great idea. Are you considering a pre-post assessment of attitudes and social connections with the parents, and youth?