Federal grant benefits new parents, children in N.M.
New Mexico received more than $1 million in federal funds for budding families to access care and guidance in the form of visits from nurses, social workers and early childhood educators during pregnancy and the early years of children’s lives.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grant to the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department on Monday. The grant, one of several that totaled more than $100 million nationally, aim to provide states with resources to expand home visiting programs and early childhood well-being systems.
The objective of the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is to help parents of children up to age 5 tap into “resources and develop the skills they need to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn,” according to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.