AGENDA ITEM # 8 KEY FOCUS AREA:
Clean, Healthy Environment
April 23, 2014
Theresa O’Donnell, 671-9195
SUBJECT Authorize (1) the acceptance of additional grant funds in the amount of $10,000 from the March of Dimes to provide training for the Becoming a Mom program for the period February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015; (2) an increase in appropriations in the amount of $10,000, from $17,000 to $27,000 in the March of Dimes Community Baby Cafe Fund; and (3) execution of the grant agreement - Not to exceed $10,000 Financing: Private Funds BACKGROUND The City of Dallas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program submitted a grant application and was awarded funds from the March of Dimes to provide training for the “Becoming a Mom” prenatal education program at five WIC clinics in Dallas County. The March of Dimes has supported the “Becoming a Mom” program with past awards of $1,000 in 2012, $3,500 in mid- 2012, and $12,500 in early 2013. The goal for the “Becoming a Mom” program is to teach prenatal health and infant feeding practices among low-income pregnant women, to improve pregnancy outcomes. The training is provided in English and in Spanish, “Comenzando bien,” and includes information on reducing the risk of premature birth, healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, hazards during pregnancy, why the last weeks count, becoming a mom, nutrition, breastfeeding, newborn care, becoming a dad, signs of pre-term labor, and bringing baby home. The program also includes incentives, like infant and newborn clothing, receiving blankets, bibs, totes, diapers, and strollers. Training sites will include Site No. 3 located at 1050 Westmoreland Road, Suite 316, Dallas, Texas 75211; Site No. 5 located at 6925 Lake June Road, Dallas, Texas 75217; Site No. 9 located at 1111 West Airport Freeway, Suite 237, Irving, Texas 75062; Site No. 25 located at 1111 West Ledbetter Drive, Suite 600, Dallas, Texas 75224; and Site No. 32 located at 302 North Barnes Drive, Garland, Texas 75042; or other alternative WIC sites participating in the program.