Council proclaims November as Prematurity Awareness Month
The percent of Palm Beach County babies born too soon inched up in 2017 to 9.4, or 1,410 babies born before 37 weeks gestation.
Across the state, the number of babies born premature also increased slightly from the year before, to 10.2 percent.
Recognizing both the financial and emotional toll prematurity takes on a family, as well as a community, Children’s Services Council’s board proclaimed November as Prematurity Awareness Month at its recent meeting.
On average, the medical costs to care for a premature baby is nearly $50,000 – 12 times more than that of a full-term baby. Babies born too early and too small are at risk for life-long health complications that can impact their growth, development, social-emotional health and academic success.
To address prematurity in Palm Beach County, Children’s Services Council funds programs that promote healthy birth outcomes, including Healthy Mother Healthy Babies Entry Agency, Healthy Beginnings Nurses, CenteringPregnancy and Community Voice.
In other business
Hunger Relief: CSC staff, along with staff from the Palm Beach County Food Bank, United Way of Palm Beach County and The School District of Palm Beach County, provided an update on Palm Beach County’s Hunger Relief Plan. CSC has invested more than $2.4 million towards hunger relief efforts since 2012. This year’s budget includes almost $500,000 to support the Food Bank and United Way’s work to address hunger in the county.
Prime Time Palm Beach County: CSC staff, along with staff from Prime Time Palm Beach County and featured afterschool programs, provided an update on Expanded Learning Opportunities in out-of-school settings. Currently Prime Time offers afterschool and out-of-school providers 24 Expanded Learning Opportunities in five different content areas – from discovering arts and culture to exploring technology, and more.
TMW Pilot Project: The Council was selected by the University of Chicago’s TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health to become the first national demonstration site for its TMW pilot project. The project give parents the tools to boost their babies’ brains to bolster long-term social-emotional wellness and academic success. The council approved a contract of $2.5 million over five years. To learn more, click here.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
For more information about Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, please visit us at https://www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561.374.7570.