Early Opportunities Initiative
All organizations in New Mexico unless noted otherwise
AppleTree Educational Center (Truth or Consequences) $15,000 To support the Little Things Matter home visiting program and to increase family engagement with community support services.
Santa Fe Public Schools ¡Adelante! Program for Homeless Students and Families (Santa Fe) $25,000 For support of an early childhood family support specialist to work with families having children ages birth to 5.
Bay Area Early Childhood Funders (San Francisco, CA) $2,000 Support for this funder collaborative group.
Breath of My Heart Birthplace (Española) $15,000 To support the no-cost walk-in midwifery clinic for pregnant and parenting women.
Cañones Early Childhood Center (Cañones) $10,000 Support for this early childhood education program serving rural and isolated families in small communities near Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County.
Central Consolidated School District (Shiprock) $7,500 To support group activities for families participating in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program and for staff professional development.
Changing Woman Initiative (Santa Fe/Pojoaque) $15,000 For support of this Native American led health organization working to renew cultural birthing and healthcare knowledge and practice.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), First Judicial District (Santa Fe) $15,000 General support for recruiting and training volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties, especially children birth to age 5.
Children in Need of Services (CHINS) (Alamogordo) $15,000 For infant and toddler care and education and other comprehensive services for families with young children.
CLNkids -Cuidando Los Niños (Albuquerque) $10,000 Operating support for this organization providing high quality early childhood services to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old from families experiencing homelessness, including child care, family case management and health care.
Cooperativa Korimi (Albuquerque) $5,000 For support of this cooperative that trains and supports home-based child care providers in the South Valley area of Albuquerque.
Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) (Albuquerque) $12,000 For support of increased outreach to rural communities in New Mexico for this organization serving as a vital resource for Native American families.
Embudo Valley Library and Community Center (Dixon) $5,000 To support early literacy programs for infants, toddlers and their caregivers.
Enlace Communitario (Albuquerque) $15,000 For support of JOVENES (Justice and Opportunities for Victims through Education, Nurturing, Encouragement and Support) that assists young children who have experienced trauma.
Fathers New Mexico (Santa Fe) $20,000 General program support for this organization that “helps young men become great fathers.”
First Born Program of Northern New Mexico (Las Vegas) $25,000 Continuing support of this home visiting program serving families in San Miguel, Mora and Harding Counties.
First Choice Community Healthcare (Albuquerque) $7,500 To support early literacy programs in First Choice clinics using the Reach Out & Read model of providing books to children after well-baby check-ups.
The Food Depot (Santa Fe) $30,000 For the Infant Supply Initiative and Diaper Depot that provide diapers, formula, baby food and other necessities through agencies working with The Food Depot, especially to families with newborns who have yet to qualify for subsidy programs.
Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library (Santa Fe) $30,000 For continuing support of the Books and Babies program at the Main, Southside and La Farge Branch Libraries.
Gerard’s House (Santa Fe) $15,000 For the Nuestra Jornada Young Parents group that provides support for young Latino immigrant parents and their babies and offers them connections with other young parents.
Gila Regional Medical Center (Silver City) $15,000 To support enhanced and expanded home-based services for parents in the Beginning Years Program, including the First Born Program for first-time parents.
Imagination Library of Grant County (Silver City) $7,500 To strengthen this program in Grant County and other New Mexico communities. Originally created by Dolly Parton, the program mails books monthly to children birth to age five.
Jardin de los Niños (Las Cruces) $12,000 To enhance and strengthen services for vulnerable infants and toddlers experiencing the trauma of homelessness or near-homelessness.
La Familia Medical Center (Santa Fe) $35,000 For support of the lactation consultant, prenatal care and other services as part of the Maternal-Child Health program.
Las Cumbres Community Services (Española & Santa Fe) $65,000 To support bilingual home-based infant mental health and early intervention services, family support, and bilingual group sessions for babies and their families in Northern New Mexico; and to assist with moving expenses to new Santa Fe offices.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (Española) $25,000 To provide technical assistance, advocacy and professional development opportunities for Rio Arriba County home visiting and other early childhood programs, including in tribal communities.
Many Mothers (Santa Fe) $25,000 For general operating support of this program that provides dedicated trained volunteers to assist new mothers and their babies.
Mother Tongue Project (Santa Fe) $12,000 For this relationship-based program that uses reading, writing, discussion and mentoring to support teen mothers and encourage their continued school enrollment.
Navajo Technical University (Crownpoint) $10,000 For purchase of early childhood curriculum learning centers to aid students in the Early Childhood Education Department with hands-on experience in infant development, early childhood teaching methods and classroom organization.
New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care (Albuquerque) $16,500 To support statewide efforts through school-based health centers to better assist families with young children including through policy and advocacy.
New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) (Albuquerque) $60,000 For T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensa-tion Helps) scholarships assisting those enrolled in early childhood education programs; for the INCENTIVES pay supplement program focused on rewarding and retaining professional teaching staff working with infants and toddlers in child care homes and centers, and for the Power to the Profession initiative to strengthen advocacy for those working in early childhood settings.
New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health (Albuquerque) $10,000 For strategic planning and operating support of this organization helping providers working toward infant mental health endorsement.
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (Albuquerque) $30,000 For support of the “Protecting the Public Benefits Safety Net” project that works to ease access to food, healthcare and other services for eligible families with babies.
New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN) (Albuquerque) $20,000 For support of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) statewide network.
New Mexico Department of Health (Santa Fe) $20,000 To support the use of social media and other communication strategies to promote reproductive health and the voluntary consideration of using long acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
New Mexico Early Childhood Funders (Santa Fe) $15,000 For the development of an early childhood business plan for the state of New Mexico as part of advocacy efforts of this philanthropic coalition.
New Mexico State University (Las Cruces) $15,000 To enhance outdoor learning and play areas in the NMSU School for Young Children.
New Mexico Voices for Children (Albuquerque) $30,000 For general support of this organization that advocates for New Mexico’s children and researches the status of children in our state.
New Vistas (Santa Fe & Las Vegas) $15,000 For support of an infant mental health initiative within the early intervention services of the Early Childhood program.
Northwest New Mexico First Born Program (Gallup and Farmington) $6,000 To assist in creating an early childhood coalition in San Juan County to enhance networking, professional development and advocacy opportunities.
Parents Reaching Out (Albuquerque) $10,000 To strengthen the early childhood development component of, and provide scholarships to, the annual Family Leadership Conference.
Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (Albuquerque) $25,000 For support of the Responsible Sex Education Institute in Santa Fe that works to reduce unintended teen pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections; and for statewide advocacy.
Presbyterian Ear Institute (Albuquerque) $12,500 For support of the Parent-Infant Program, a center-based early intervention for deaf and hard-of-hearing children up to 18 months old.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Socorro General Hospital (Socorro) $15,000 To promote and expand infant mental health services such as the Circle of Security parenting education program and to provide postpartum home visits for at-risk babies and families.
Presbyterian Medical Services (Santa Fe) $10,000 To develop early childhood pediatric services at school-based health centers in Santa Fe.
Reach Out and Read (Boston, MA) $17,500 For this program that provides age-appropriate books for children at check-ups at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital and to strengthen Reach Out and Read efforts across New Mexico.
REEL Fathers (Santa Fe) $10,000 To further develop and implement the Father Care program that encourages fathers to engage more with their babies through reading, storytelling and other activities, so that babies hear more words and build their word sense and vocabularies as they grow.
Santa Fe Baby Fund (Santa Fe) $75,000 To support this program at the Santa Fe Community Foundation that seeks to make more noise for babies in the community and to address urgent needs for infants and their families through advocacy, convening and grants.
Santa Fe Children’s Museum (Santa Fe) $8,000 To support early childhood activities and exhibits at the Museum and to strengthen community outreach efforts.
Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe) $65,000 To support the acquisition and enhancement of the First Born home visiting program at SFCC; for support of Kid’s Campus in the college’s Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE); and to develop new nature-based outdoor play areas at Kid’s Campus.
St. Elizabeth Shelter (Santa Fe) $10,000 For operating support of the Casa Familia Women and Family Shelter, a transitional facility for homeless women and families with children that includes case management and other support services.
San Juan College (Farmington) $25,000 To provide staff professional development, especially in infant mental health, and general operating support for the college’s Child and Family Development Center.
Searchlight New Mexico (Santa Fe) $50,000For the New Mexico Child Well-Being Project, an investigative journalism approach to raising public awareness and promoting positive change for our state’s children and their families.
Tewa Women United (Española) $15,000 To support the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project, providing culturally appropriate prenatal, birthing and postpartum support for families, and to develop a doula training program in northern New Mexico.
Twirl Play & Discovery Space (Taos) $10,000 For programs serving infants, toddlers and their families that foster creativity, imagination and fun.
United Way of Santa Fe County (Santa Fe) $25,000 For the Family, Friends and Neighbors program that supports caregivers and children in informal, unregistered, unlicensed care settings through on-site visits and play-learn groups.
University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics (Albuquerque) $50,000 To support the LARC Mentoring Project program that is training health providers to counsel women of child-bearing age about reproductive health and choices available to delay parenting, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The project is a partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health.
University of New Mexico Institute for Social Research (Albuquerque) $25,000 To support the New Mexico Evaluation Lab at UNM, providing high-quality program evaluation by students and professors for early childhood programs.
University of New Mexico Family Development Program (Albuquerque) $35,000 To support the Early Childhood Leadership and Apprenticeship project in collaboration with the College of Education Individual, Family and Community Education program which seeks to build leadership skills in the early childhood workforce.
Western New Mexico University (Silver City) $35,000 For support of the Growing Tree Infant and Toddler Program at Silver and Opportunity High Schools serving teen parents and their children operated by WNMU’s Early Childhood Programs.
Wildflowers (Truth or Consequences) $2,000 To support activities for families including the Ring Sling and Zero to Three & Me programs, combining family-centered community arts, creative social and playful activities, wellness and community outreach in Sierra County.
Youth Shelters and Family Services (Santa Fe) $20,000 For support of the pregnant and parenting teens program at this organization that provides an overnight shelter, transitional living apartments, street outreach, counseling, and other services for homeless youth.
Zero to Three (Washington DC) $3,200 For support of the 2017 conference, a national gathering for professionals in early childhood research, services and opportunities.
Audubon New Mexico (Santa Fe) For support of nature education programs for children at the Randall Davey Audubon Center, in Santa Fe public schools, and in other New Mexico locations.
National Center for Family Philanthropy (Washington DC) For general support of this research and resources center for family foundations and philanthropic families.
New Mexico Environmental Law Center (Santa Fe)-- For general support in representing citizens, families and communities to protect New Mexico's environment and health.
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (Albuquerque) -- General support for this statewide organization that seeks to protect and preserve wild places.
Santa Fe Conservation Trust (Santa Fe) For general support of this local land trust that promotes our local trails system and the preservation of open spaces.
Santa Fe Watershed Association (Santa Fe) For adoption of a portion of the Santa Fe River.
Somos Un Pueblo Unido - (Santa Fe) for general support of this immigrant advocacy organization.
Think New Mexico (Santa Fe) For general operating support of this think tank that educates the public and policy makers about pressing issues and develops "effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions to those problems."