Early Opportunities Initiative
Santa Fe Public Schools ¡Adelante! Program for Homeless Students and Families (Santa Fe) - $25,000 For support of the 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 - In support of this funder collaborative group.
Breath of My Heart Birthplace (Española) $20,000 - To support low or no-cost prenatal care, midwifery and birthing services.
Central New Mexico Community College [CNM] (Albuquerque) $20,000 - As part of the Growing Together: Strengthening the Early Childhood Workforce for Infants and Toddlers initiative, the grant will support two faculty members to attend intensive training institutes.
Changing Woman Initiative (Santa Fe/Pojoaque) $10,000 - For support of this Native American led health organization working to renew cultural birthing and healthcare knowledge and practice.
Council for a Strong America (Washington DC) $15,000 - For early childhood advocacy in New Mexico carried out by retired military personnel, law enforcement officers, faith leaders and business executives.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), First Judicial District (Santa Fe) $20,000 - 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.
Embudo Valley Library and Community Center (Dixon) $5,000 - To support early literacy programs for infants, toddlers and their caregivers.
Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families (Santa Fe) $15,000 - To support infant mental health services for pregnant women and mothers with babies who are survivors of domestic violence.
Family Learning Center (Española) $15,000 - Operating support for this high quality early childhood education center.
Fathers New Mexico (Santa Fe) $25,000 - General program support in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico for this organization that “helps young men become great fathers.”
First Born Program of Northern New Mexico (Las Vegas) $20,000 - Continuing support of this home visiting program serving families in San Miguel, Mora and Harding Counties.
First Choice Community Healthcare (Albuquerque) $12,000 - To support early literacy programs in the new Edgewood First Choice clinic using the Reach Out& Read model by providing books to children after well-child check-ups and to furnish a children’s waiting area.
First Presbyterian Child Development Center (Santa Fe) $20,000 - To support teaching staff in obtaining higher education degrees and for general operating support.
The Food Depot (Santa Fe) $30,000 - For the Diaper Depot that provide diapers, 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) $40,000 - For continuing support of the Books and Babies program presented in English and Spanish at the Main, Southside and La Farge Libraries.
Gerard’s House (Santa Fe) $17,500 - 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.
Growing Great Kids (Raton) $3,000 - Support for this new early childhood coalition that builds partnerships among early childhood providers, engages families and promotes healthy child development and early literacy. GGK is supported in their work by the UNM Family Development Program.
Holy Cross Medical Center (Taos) $15,000 - For support of early childhood professional development opportunities in the Taos area through the Taos Loves Kids initiative and the First Steps home visiting program.
Imagination Library of Grant County (Silver City) $5,000 - To assist in developing and supporting new Imagination Library chapters across the state. Originally created by Dolly Parton, the program mails books monthly to children birth to age five.
La Familia Medical Center (Santa Fe) $200,000 - For support of the Nesting Project, a three-year com-prehensive approach to meet the physical, medical, social and emotional needs of families and their children prenatal to three who are at the highest risk and from the highest needs populations in Santa Fe.
Las Cumbres Community Services (Española & Santa Fe) $50,000 - 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.
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) $20,000 - For general operating support of this program that provides dedicated trained volunteers to assist new mothers and their babies.
New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) (Albuquerque) $45,000 - To support early childhood advocacy efforts including the Power to the Profession initiative that advocates for those working in early childhood settings.
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (Albuquerque) $35,000 - Continuing support of the “Protecting the Public Benefits Safety Net” project that works to ease access to food, healthcare, childcare and other services for eligible families with babies.
New Mexico Child Advocacy Network (NMCAN) (Albuquerque) $20,000 - For support of efforts to assist and advocate for young parents who are or were in the foster care system and have infants and toddlers.
New Mexico Department of Health (Santa Fe) $3,000 - To support development of a short-term home visiting program by public health nurses based on Family Connects from North Carolina.
New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (Santa Fe) $25,000 - To engage communities and stakeholders around the “Business Plan for Early Childhood in New Mexico,” funded by members of the New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group and to create advocacy strategies leading up to the midterm elections and 2019 legislative session including statewide polling on early childhood issues. NMECDP is a program of United Way of Santa Fe County.
New Mexico Pediatric Society (Albuquerque) $8,000 - To promote the Agenda for New Mexico’s Children that advocates for the most urgent needs of children and families in the state.
New Mexico Voices for Children (Albuquerque) $40,000 -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) $20,000 - To develop therapeutic group services within the early intervention services of the Early Childhood program.
Parents Reaching Out (Albuquerque) $20,000 - To strengthen the capacity of parents in early childhood development and advocacy through greater statewide outreach, including at the annual Family Leadership Conference.
Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (Albuquerque) $20,000 - 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.
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation – Socorro and Española Hospitals (Española& Socorro) $38,000 - To promote “baby friendly” practice in both hospitals by training staff in providing breastfeeding support and to enhance home visiting services through collaboration.
Presbyterian Medical Services (Santa Fe) $25,000 To further the Training New Talent initiative by supporting Head Start and Early Head Start staff to further their skills and obtain credentials and degrees.
Prosperity Works (Albuquerque) $15,000 - To develop links between families in home visiting programs in northern New Mexico and Prosperity Kids to gain financial literacy, set up child savings accounts and other means to achieve family financial stability.
Reach Out and Read (Boston, MA) $20,000 - For this program that provides age-appropriate books for children at pediatric check-ups at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital and to strengthen Reach Out and Read efforts across New Mexico.
REEL Fathers (Santa Fe) $12,500 - For the Father Care program that encourages fathers to engage more with their babies through reading, storytelling and other activities, so that young children hear more words and build their word sense and vocabularies as they grow. The program will be conducted in Santa Fe Head Start and Early Head Start Centers.
San Juan College (Farmington) $40,000 To provide staff professional development, especially in infant mental health, and general operating support for the college’s Child and Family Development Center.
Santa Fe Children’s Museum (Santa Fe) $15,000 - To support early childhood activities and exhibits at the Museum and to strengthen community outreach efforts.
Santa Fe Community College (Santa Fe) $80,000 - In the college’s Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) to support the administration of the First Born home visiting program; for support of Kid’s Campus; and to further develop new nature-based outdoor play areas at Kid’s Campus.
Santa Fe Recovery Center (Santa Fe) $15,000 - For indoor and outdoor play areas for infants and toddlers whose mothers are receiving residential substance use disorder treatment.
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.
Searchlight New Mexico (Santa Fe) $50,000 - For 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.
Taos Paso A Paso Network at UNM Taos (Taos) $30,000 - For support of the Taos Early Childhood Alliance that seeks to expand high quality affordable infant and toddler care and build the early childhood workforce in Taos County.
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) $20,000 - 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 Center for Development & Disability (Albuquerque) $25,000 - Support for the training of clinicians in Child Parent Psychotherapy, especially in rural parts of the state.
University of New Mexico Children’s Campus (Albuquerque) $15,000 - To provide professional development programs for staff and early childhood professionals throughout New Mexico.
University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics (Albuquerque) $52,000 - 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) $20,000 - To support the New Mexico Evaluation Lab at UNM, providing high-quality program evaluation, training and consultation by students and professors for early childhood programs.
University of New Mexico Envision (Albuquerque) $25,000 - To support a pilot project working with rural hospitals to implement best health management practices for babies born with opioid exposure and to promote the well-being of the mother-baby dyad. The initial pilot work is a collaboration with Presbyterian Socorro General Hospital.
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) $42,000 - For support of the Early Childhood Programs initiative, The Master Plan! that seeks to create pathways for early childhood professionals to receive advance training and degrees so as to better serve vulnerable populations of babies, toddlers and their families in New Mexico.
Youth Heartline (Taos) $15,000 - For therapeutic services, advocacy and other support of infants and toddlers, especially those who are part of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.
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.
Audubon New Mexico (Santa Fe) $20,000
National Center for Family Philanthropy (Washington DC) $4,000
New Mexico Environmental Law Center (Santa Fe) $15,000
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (Albuquerque)$5,000
Santa Fe Community Foundation (Santa Fe) $5,000
Santa Fe Conservation Trust (Santa Fe)$5,000
Santa Fe Watershed Association (Santa Fe) $2,000
Somos Un Pueblo Unido (Santa Fe) $10,000
Think New Mexico (Santa Fe) $10,000