Chattanooga City Council Members Discuss Mayor’s Proposed Baby College

(WDEF) Chattanooga City Council members want to know why Chattanooga needs its own Baby College.
        Councilman Yusuf Hakeem questions the $250,000 program since non-profits like First Things First already offer the same services.
        Mayor Andy Berke’s proposed baby college would offer prenatal care, early learning and childhood development in areas like Alton Park where there are high amounts of at-risk children.
        Councilman Chris Anderson points to Hamilton County’s 0.97% infant mortality rate.
        He said, "We have the second highest rate in the state of Tennessee and we’re twice the national average. If the city can put a quarter million dollars and keep babies alive longer, I’m thrilled about it."
        Councilwoman Carol Berz said the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department should have invested more in programs like this.
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