Program to help Lincoln’s moms and babies included in proposed $243 million budget


LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird’s proposed $243 million budget includes home visiting, which supports pregnant mothers and new parents.

Local nonprofit Fast Five Nebraska spoke in support of the plan, saying “healthy mothers and babies are essential to the long-term success of children and families in our state.”

The group, which focuses on advancing early childhood care and learning opportunities, adds that the mayor’s proposal ensures that every child born in Lincoln gets the support they need from birth.

Participation in these programs is voluntary and has been shown to reduce calls to child protection services.

Children who participated in home visits also do better in school, especially in math and reading.

Sara Howard of First Five Nebraska attended a recent city council meeting and said: ‘It was in the 70s when our public health departments did home visits for every baby and then there were budget cuts, and by the 1980s they were no more. don’t do them anymore. So it’s not something new for your county, it’s vintage, we’re bringing it back.

Studies also show that home visits are more than cost-effective, according to the nonprofit think tank RAND.

Every dollar invested can save more than five dollars on the cost of raising children.

According to First Five Nebraska, home visits are very effective in identifying cases of postpartum depression and treating them early before they become dangerous.

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