The Santa Barbara County Board of Education Office recently recognized a couple for their donation to a program aimed at helping new parents adjust to having a baby in the house and, ultimately, improve the outlook for the children in the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc and other county locations.
Sandra Schoolfield and Jon Kechejian, who last September presented an $18,000 check to the County Education Office’s Welcome Every Baby program, were acknowledged for their donation at the board’s Jan. 4 regular meeting, an office spokesman said.
Their gift enabled four nurses to undergo training and certification in the Family Connects model at the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy in North Carolina.
The program is designed to help all newborns get off to the best possible start in life and aims to support families’ efforts to enhance maternal and child health and well-being, the spokesman said
WEB nurses visit families in their homes in the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc, Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria as early as three days after the baby is born, offering support for lactation by an internationally board-certified lactation consultant.
The new training and certification made possible by the donation enables a second nurse visit at approximately one month postdelivery, when parents are offered information and support on health care for the mother and infant, caring for the infant, home safety and parental well-being.
WEB began in 2001 and has been operated under the County Education Office since January 2008.