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Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County Earns Accreditation for Mentoring Program

Posted By Josh Hirsch, Thursday, January 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Michelle Gonzalez, chief executive officer of Healthy Mothers, Health Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, recently announced that the organization’s Caps and Cribs Teen Mom Mentor program has been awarded the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) badge by MENTOR, the national mentoring partnership. The badge is an evidence-based acknowledgment of the safety and efficacy of the Caps and Cribs program and assures mentees, funders, and policymakers that the program meets national quality standards and procedures for the operation of a mentoring program. Caps and Cribs is one of only six nonprofit programs in Florida to earn the accreditation.

Parenting Affects Graduation Rates

Reflecting on the award, Gonzalez observed, “Because we know that being a parent is one of the leading causes of school dropout for teen girls, Caps and Cribs helps pregnant or parenting young women graduate. In an effort to support local teen mothers, our mentors work one-on-one with young women at their high school; they offer advice, share their life experiences, and help teens navigate the challenges of school and parenting. We are extremely grateful to MENTOR for acknowledging the program’s professionalism and success.”

Mentors and Mentees Achieve Success

When asked about the success of the program, Program Coordinator Jennifer Silliman replied, “During the 2016-17 academic year, nine seniors graduated from the program. The accomplishments of these amazing women—mentors as well as mentees—are a direct result of the hard work and dedication that is so evident among our clients and volunteers.”

Caps and Cribs is funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way, United Way of Palm Beach County, and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. It is just one of several programs offered by Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.

About Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is committed to improving birth outcomes and promoting healthy families by providing access to care, education, and support to those facing the physical, emotional, economic, and social challenges of pregnancy and infant care. The group supports nearly 67 percent of women delivering babies in Palm Beach County. In addition to Caps and Cribs, HMHB services include: prenatal care coordination; prenatal screening; CenteringPregnancy®; maternal wellness programs for pregnant and new parents; Basics4Babies Emergency Pantry for Infants; educational workshops and childbirth classes; as well as community outreach events.

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