Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

October 14, 2014

Agenda Report # 33



TO: Mayor and City Council

SUBJECT: Project Launch Home Visitation Grant

INITIATED BY: Jennifer Davidson, Cooperative Extension



Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if approved accept a grant (with no local match required) from Columbus Board of Health for up to $46,000, for the period of October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. This funding is renewable annually until September 30 2018. Approval is also requested to amend the Multi-Governmental Grant Fund by the award of the grant.

Background: What happens in early childhood matters for a lifetime. Neuroscience indicates that providing supportive and positive conditions for early childhood development is more effective and less costly than addressing consequences of adversity later. Since education begins at home and parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers, educating and supporting parents is a logical strategy.

The Project Launch program will allow for collaborative efforts among child serving agencies at the state and local level. This funding will supplement the already successful home visitation program administered through Cooperative Extension, Healthy Families, Columbus by the addition of one home visitor.


The program implementing department is Cooperative Extension.

Analysis: This grant enables the expansion of home-visitation, evidenced-based parent education programming, in order to reach 20 more children and parents. UGA Cooperative Extension is a recognized leader in delivery of high quality trainings and, as a collaborator with others.

Financial Considerations: The Healthy Families program in Columbus is also funded by Contract #HV12-009 as part of the comprehensive home visiting strategy. No local match required.

Legal Considerations: The applicant, Columbus Consolidated Government (for Cooperative Extension) is eligible to receive these funds.

Recommendation/Action: Authorize the City Manager to apply and if approved accept the $46,000 (or otherwise awarded) grant from the Columbus Board of Health and adjust the multi-Government fund by the grant amount.

A RESOLUTION

No. _____



A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND IF APPROVED ACCEPT A GRANT (WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIRED) FOR $46,000 (OR AMOUNT AWARDED) FROM THE COLUMBUS BOARD OF HEALTH TO EXPAND HOME VISITATION PROGRAMS AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL GRANT FUND BY THE AWARD AMOUNT.

WHEREAS, the funds have been made available from the Columbus Board of Health for the purpose of evidence based, home visitation programs for parenting education under an Early Childhood System Of Care that addresses Federal home visiting benchmark areas and constructs; and, Muscogee was selected as the only eligible location to apply; and,

WHEREAS, the UGA Cooperative Extension in Columbus has operated Healthy Families, a home visiting parenting education program, under the umbrella of Positive Parenting Program; and,

WHEREAS, there is a need to increase the knowledge and skills of parents with young children so that they can provide a nurturing and safe environment while acting as their children’s first teachers; and,

WHEREAS, parent education through evidence based, home visiting models is a proven strategy to prevent child maltreatment, improve maternal and newborn health, improve school readiness and achievement, and improve coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports; and,

WHEREAS, there is limited access to pro-active parent education for families at-risk, in transition, or parents who want to increase their parenting skills and knowledge; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

1. That the City Manager is here by authorized to submit an application and, if approved, accept grant funds; and,

2. Amend the Multi-Governmental Grant Fund by the award of the Grant.

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 14
th of October 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting ____________.
Councilor Baker voting ____________.
Councilor Barnes voting ____________.
Councilor Davis voting ____________.
Councilor Henderson voting ____________.
Councilor Huff voting ____________.
Councilor McDaniel voting ____________.
Councilor Thomas voting ____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting ____________.
Councilor Woodson voting ____________.


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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor