Reed brings federal dollars home to help young mothers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Jack Reed has secured $2 million over three years for a Rhode Island program to support young mothers.

The Rhode Island Kids Count Nurse-Family Partnership pairs pregnant woman under the age of 25 with nurses who give them medical care and help them find employment.

Patricia Martinez, director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families, says the program is an investment in families and in the future of the state.

" When we had our babies, our parents were there, guiding us. Here for many of our young moms, they don't have that," said Martinez. "They're completely isolated. But for them, having a nurse working them, building that trust. That's what's going to be sustainable."

Since July, the program has served 100 families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Cranston. The first babies enrolled in it were born this month.

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