published Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Chattanooga City Council hashes out details on mayor's Baby College

The Chattanooga City Council spent half of their morning budget hearing hashing out details of one of Mayor Andy Berke's initiatives for this coming year: funding a Baby College.

City Council members wanted to know if the proposed nine-week parenting classes to reach about 85 parents in the coming 2014-2015 budget cycle would duplicate services that already exist. City officials also wanted to know whether Hamilton County was paying their fair share on infant care.

And the questions turned philosophical when Council Chairman Chip Henderson asked if the Baby College could fix deep seated problems in the community, such as infant mortality and low reading scores for children.

That's when Berke's chief policy advisor Stacy Richardson piped in.

"Your question is really complicated," she told Henderson. "Is this the magic bullet? We don't think so. But it's meant to get us in the right direction."

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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