United Way of Weld County announced that the Best Start for Babies program received a grant of $50,000 from the El Pomar Foundation.
The funding will help United Way of Weld County advance the common good by creating more opportunities to improve new and soon to be parents prepare for a better life for their child. Our focus is education, income and health — the building blocks for a good quality of life.
Best Start for Babies is a program being implemented through a partnership with the Early Childhood Councils of Larimer and Weld counties. The goal of this program is to promote positive child outcomes by providing parenting support to families during the prenatal and critically important first year of a child’s life. This educational program teaches parents about their baby’s development, activities for bonding, and how to find helpful resources.
The sessions will include 30 hours of classes over 10 weeks. Parents will learn about brain development, how to find quality child care, preventing and treating sicknesses, and more. Free child care and a meal is provided at each class. Parents have a chance to win baby prizes, such as diapers or car seats, and parents earn $100 at the completion of the course.
The El Pomar Foundation grant will help assure Best Start for Babies information and resources are available for parents and caregivers throughout Weld County. The El Pomar Foundation mission is to enhance, encourage, and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado through grants and programs.
Jeannine Truswell, president and CEO of United Way of Weld County stated: “we are very proud of our partnership with El Pomar Foundation. Their investment in the Best Start for Babies program will help us reach out to many more families in our community. They are a well-respected Foundation working to build a better future for Colorado.”