Recent Grants Will Help Young Mothers, Pair Them With Nurses

Today, May 1, 2012, an article appeared on the front page of the Everett Herald detailing the expansion of a program called The Nurse-Family Partnership, based in Snohomish County.

According to the article, the program provides support for soon-to-be mothers aged 21 and younger by individually pairing them up with nurses throughout Snohomish County. A typical mother in the program is 17 years old, the article said:

Currently, 70 moms are enrolled, but by this fall, the program with a boost in new grants will be able to serve 150 moms ages 21 or younger who has been pregnant for 24 weeks or less.

Through the Nurse-Family Partnership, each of the young moms in the program is matched with a nurse who makes home visits as frequently as once a week, said Terry Clark, executive director at Little Red Schoolhouse, which oversees the program.

The program has recently received several grants from Snohomish County sources. The money will pay for more services. They include a $246,000 annual grant for two years from the Verdant Health Commission, based in Lynnwood, and $386,000 from the county’s 1/10th of 1 percent tax to benefit drug, alcohol and mental-health programs.