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

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

June 3rd, 2014 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

Stacy Richardson

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

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.