Fiscal Year 2010/2011 Investments

The following is an excerpt from the Annual Audit for the year ended June 30, 2011.

During 2010-11, $82,304 was expended by a local hospital and the Butte County Department of Public Health in their efforts to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for low-income women. These programs assessed and referred high-risk postpartum mothers and conducted an outpatient drug/alcohol treatment program to ensure adequate prenatal care and the birth of tox-free babies. Programs also worked with high-risk parents of newborns by linking families to support, education and community services, and provided breastfeeding support in order to increase the duration of breastfeeding for mothers who wished to do so.

During FY 2010-11, $33,506 was expended on a media campaign designed to educate the general public on the dangers of exposing young children to second hand cigarette smoke, and to provide encouragement and information to those who wish to quit smoking.

An additional $86,254 was spent on other community outreach and family enrichment activities including preschool playground and classroom modifications, an early literacy program, a children’s fair, a community baby shower, a “Music and Movement” concert and conference, and a Sun Safety Awareness campaign.

During FY 2010-11, $137,915 was expended on the Commission’s Oral Health Initiative in support of the Mobile Dental Clinic (a tri-county partnership with First 5 Glenn, First 5 Tehama, and Northern Valley Indian Health), hospital dentistry, education and outreach to pregnant women, young children and their parents, and an oral health workshop for the Hmong community hosted by the Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County.

During FY 2010-11, $650,772 was expended on primary prevention and early intervention programs such as intensive home visitation services and group activities for target populations of overburdened parents of newborns, teen parents, and families with children at risk for abuse and neglect.

During FY 2010-11, $434,120 was spent on the implementation of comprehensive School Readiness programs in five low-performing school communities in Oroville, Chico and Berry Creek. School Readiness grant recipients include Chico Unified, Thermalito Union and Pioneer School Districts, the Butte County Library, the Butte County Office of Education and Valley Oak Children’s Services.

During FY 2010-11, $147,365 was expended on evaluation support and activities including the support and modification of First 5ERS (the Commission’s web-based data collection system) and external evaluation of the School Readiness Program and Butte Baby Steps program – two of the Commission’s largest investments.