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NMECDP to Spend Day in Hobbs Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK Read More >>

Press Release: NMECDP to Spend Day in Hobbs Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: November 21, 2016

Contact: Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst

Cell: 505-435-3184

Email: danilaz@uwsfc.org

NMECDP to Spend Day in Hobbs Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK

Local early childhood education policy organization will meet with providers, educators and policy makers to discuss the benefits and challenges of expansion efforts.

 Who: New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, NMECDP.  NMECDP is a statewide policy initiative of United Way of Santa Fe County.  NMECDP is dedicated to creating the public awareness and political will for investment in early childhood education in New Mexico.

What: NMECDP will highlight the importance of NM PreKindergarten (NM PreK) and the positive impact high-quality early childhood education and care programs for working families.

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016

 7:30-9:00 a.m.                                    Media Availability
NMECDP staff will be available for in studio interviews or to answer questions from the media.

 9:30-10:30 a.m.                                  NM PreK Site Visit to Booker T. Washington Elementary School
A visit to a local NM PreK site to see firsthand the positive impact of early childhood education.
Booker T. Washington Elementary School
1200 E. Humble
Hobbs, NM 88204

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                         Lunch and Community Conversation
Join us for a lunch and conversation about expanding NM PreK. All are welcome.
J.F Maddox Foundation
220 W. Broadway St., Ste. 200, Hobbs, NM

Hobbs, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of NM PreK in Hobbs on December 1. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, 1200 E. Humble and a Lunch and Community Conversation at the J.F Maddox Foundation, 220 W. Broadway St., Ste. 200. NMECDP is focusing on a multi-year initiative to expand NM PreK to every 3-and 4-year-old who wants it.

The event will also highlight the positive impact of high quality early childhood education and care programs for working families and how it can empower mothers to stay in the workforce and advance their education.

“We are excited to tour New Mexico to talk about expanding NM PreK,” said Katherine Freeman, President and CEO of NMECDP. “Our children are counting on us to figure out how to expand high-quality PreK programming that ensures they are ready for success the day they start kindergarten.”

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, is dedicated to creating the public awareness and political will for investments in early childhood education in New Mexico.

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UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

Beginning in 2004, UWSFC has served approximately 6,000 families by using a two-generation approach, supporting both the children and families in a series of high-quality early childhood programs designed to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. 

UWSFC operates a pre-kindergarten program for three- and four- year-old children at the United Way Early Learning Center at Aspen on the campus of Aspen Community Magnet School.

Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Visit United Way of Santa Fe County Agua Fria location Read More >>

Press Release: Justice Ginsburg Early Literacy Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July, 20, 2016
Contact: Craig Strong
Cell: 505-216-2975
Email: craigs@uwsfc.org

Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Visit United Way of Santa Fe County Agua Fria location
Justice Ginsburg will read to children and families participating in United Way of Santa Fe County programs

Who: SCOTUS Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What: Justice Ginsburg will highlight the importance of early literacy and the positive impact high-quality early childhood education and care programs for working families and will read to children. Justice Ginsburg will be reading to families participating in United Way of Santa Fe County programs. THIS IS A PRIVATE Justice Ginsburg Early Literacy Event – Media Release 08-15-16EVENT AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
When: Tuesday, August 16, 2016; from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC), Agua Fria location: 3164 Agua Fria Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507

SANTA FE, NM – Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will visit United Way of Santa Fe County at Agua Fria on Tuesday, August 16th, from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Justice Ginsburg will read Go West by New Mexico author Joel Nakamura to children and families participating in United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) programs. The focus will be the importance of early literacy and reading to babies and young children.

The event will also highlight the positive impact of high quality early childhood education and care programs for working families and how it can empower mothers to stay in the workforce and advance their education.

“We are thrilled to have Justice Ginsburg join us to read to the families participating in our early childhood programs,” UWSFC President and CEO Katherine Freeman said. “We take a two-generation approach in our programs, focusing on empowering parents and caregivers. Justice Ginsburg is a trailblazer, fighting for equality, women and working families. She is an inspiration.”

Early childhood education and care is the sole mission of United Way of Santa Fe County, with a commitment to ensuring that every child receives an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. UWSFC is committed to engaging the entire community, bringing together people and resources to create opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

United Way of Santa Fe County at Agua Fria, in the former Agua Fria Elementary School building, houses all of UWSFC home visiting and parent support programs including: Great Start Family Support; the First Born® Program; Family, Friends and Neighbors; and community workshops and classes. The facility is a partnership with the Santa Fe Public Schools.

United Way of Santa Fe County Completes Kaune Elementary School Purchase Read More >>

Press Release: United Way of Santa Fe County Completes Kaune Elementary School Purchase

For Immediate Release
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Contact: Craig Strong
505-216-2975 (direct) or 505-920-5511 (mobile)
craigs@uwsfc.org

Kaune Elementary to become an early learning center employing at least 40 people and serving families and children from six-weeks to five-years-old.

(Santa Fe, NM) United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) purchased Kaune Elementary School from the Santa Fe Public Schools today, June 7, 2016. The new center will serve 200 more families for a total of 1,700 families served by UWSFC. 47 new jobs will be created.

UWSFC plans on breaking ground in 2016 to renovate the building to become the United Way Early Learning Center (UWELC at Kaune), a 32,000-square-foot building with 13 classrooms for children, ages six weeks old to age five, along with adult and outdoor learning spaces.

The UWELC at Kaune signals a major expansion of UWSFC’s support for children and families in Santa Fe County. The center will feature infant and toddler care, pre-kindergarten classes — all day, all year. The range and reach of support provided to families will expand significantly and UWSFC staff will increase. The facility will also provide training for early childhood professionals, and serve as a laboratory school. It is anticipated that the UWELC at Kaune will be a model for how early childhood care and education programs can be provided throughout New Mexico. This new center will join United Way at Agua Fria (UW at Agua Fria). Currently, UWSFC serves 1,500 families.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Santa Fe Public Schools and purchase Kaune,” said Katherine Freeman, President and CEO of UWSFC. “Establishing an early learning center at Kaune enables us to build upon our success at our Agua Fria site and dramatically expand the types of services we provided and the number of children and families we serve. Additionally, we are pleased to support our local economy by providing meaningful employment opportunities for over 40 early childhood care and education professionals in Santa Fe. Together, we can all work together to ensure our children receive a great start!”

SOMERS JEWELRY AND SCULPTURE LAUNCHES SILVER LININGS EVENT TO BENEFIT UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY Read More >>

Somers Silver Linings Event Press Release 07-07-15

For Immediate Release                                                                                       Contact: United Way of Santa Fe County  505-216-2975 or craigs@uwsfc.org     or Somers Jewelry and Sculpture 505-780-5611

SOMERS JEWELRY AND SCULPTURE  LAUNCHES SILVER LININGS EVENT

25 percent of All Sales on August 1, 2015 ● 10 percent of All Sales for the Rest of August to Benefit United Way of Santa Fe County

Somers Jewelry and Sculpture is launching Hillary’s Silver Linings program on Tuesday, August 1, 2015. Silver Linings was created to recognize and benefit one Santa Fe not-for-profit organization. The kick-off event will start August 1, 2015, in partnership with United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC). Throughout the day on August 1, and at a reception from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., 25 percent of all purchases, both jewelry and sculptures, in the gallery and online, will benefit UWSFC. The Silver Linings support will continue with 10 percent of gallery and online sales benefitting UWSFC through the rest of August 2015.

United Way of Santa Fe County focuses on helping young children (birth-to-five) and their families succeed.   UWSFC’s early childhood education and care programs are designed to support Santa Fe’s children and their families, providing a fair and equitable chance at success and happiness. For more information – www.uwsfc.org.

“Participation in our home town community of Santa Fe is important to me,” says Hillary Randolph, the founder of Silver Linings. “I want to always pay it forward!”

Somers Jewelry and Sculpture is located at 125 Palace Avenue downtown, Santa Fe.  The offer is also valid on purchases made through the Somers website somersjewelry.com

For more information please call the gallery at 505-780-5611 or Craig Strong at United Way of Santa Fe County at 505-216-2975. 

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UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO A CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE Read More >>

United Way of Santa Fe County Invites The Community to a Celebration and Open House in its New Location, the Former Agua Fria Elementary School

What:  United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) invites Agua Fria neighbors, families, and members of the Santa Fe community to celebrate of its new location in the former Agua Fria Elementary School.

This family-friendly Community Celebration and Open House is free-of-charge, and features performances on the outdoor stage by local musicians, mariachis and community members. Food will be provided by vendors from the area, and family activities will be offered inside, including storytelling, magicians, and arts and crafts. There will also be bounce houses, face painting, and free helium balloons. The Open House will feature tours of the building and there will be information available about UWSFC’s free early childhood education and care programs offered in English and Spanish.

When: The Community Celebration is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Where: United Way of Santa Fe County at Agua Fria, 3164 Agua Fria Street, on the Campus of The Santa Fe Early Learning Center at Agua Fria.

Who:   United Way of Santa Fe County at Agua Fria is a partnership of United Way of Santa Fe County and the Santa Fe Public Schools. Other partner organizations are Presbyterian Medical Services, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe Community College, City of Santa Fe, County of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community Foundation. Supporters include Mayor Javier Gonzales and the Santa Fe area Legislative Delegation.

Background:

A child’s success in school and life should never be road-blocked by instability and hardship. As a nonprofit organization, UWSFC works to change the conditions that challenge our community and create lifelong, positive change for children and families striving to succeed in Santa FeCounty.  

United Way of Santa Fe County Community Celebration Media Alert

United Way of Santa Fe County Community Celebration Media Alert Spanish

The Santa Fe County Community Services Department partners with the United Way of Santa Fe County to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Santa Fe Read More >>

 

February 5, 2015 kick-off event brings together families and children,local elected officials to celebrate reading to young children

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library will be launched with a kick-off event on February 5, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at United Way of Santa Fe County’s Early Learning Center at Aspen Community Magnet School.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program was founded by Dolly Parton in 1995 to increase reading among young children. The program provides a carefully selected book that arrives in the mailbox, each month from the day the child is born until he/she is 5 years old.  Books are selected by a national panel of experts.

For more information call Craig Strong at 505-216-2975 or craigs@uwsfc.org

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Media Alert draft 01-16-15