UWSFC Continues Popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program with Santa Fe County Read More >>

UWSFC Continues Popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program with Santa Fe County.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 22, 2017
Contact: Marisol Baird
Cell: (505) 920-5939
Email: marisolb@uwsfc.org

UWSFC Continues Popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program with Santa Fe County.

In partnership with the Santa Fe County Community Services Department, UWSFC continues to provide free books to 1,200 children, monthly, with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.                                 

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC), in partnership with the Santa Fe County Community Services Department, is happy to announce that the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program will continue to serve families in Santa Fe County. UWSFC will administer the program, with the goal of reaching 1,200 children. Other partners and supporters include CHRISTUS St. Vincent, La Familia Medical Center, Brindle Foundation, and local libraries.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was founded by Dolly Parton in 1995 to increase reading among young children. Each month a new, carefully selected and age-appropriate book is mailed directly to a child until that child turns five years old. Any child who is a resident of Santa Fe County is eligible to participate in the program. Additionally, UWSFC mails books in Spanish. About 300 children receive books in Spanish. Over 12,000 books have been distributed since the program launched in October 2014.

 “Early reading efforts with children and families are very important. UWSFC is happy to partner with Santa Fe County Community Services Department to offer books to children in our community,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “We know that more than 80% of parents enrolled in the program read to their child, daily.”

“The Community Services Department is excited to continue partnering with United Way of Santa Fe County on this program. It has brought so much joy to many!” said Anna L. Bransford, Program Manager at the Community Services Department/ Community Operations at Santa Fe County.

UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

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.

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.

To learn more please visit www.uwsfc.org

UWSFC Receives Grant from Santa Fe Community Foundation Read More >>

UWSFC Receives Grant from Santa Fe Community Foundation

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Date: June 20, 2017

Contact: Marisol Baird
Cell: (505) 920-5939
Email: marisolb@uwsfc.org

UWSFC Receives Grant from Santa Fe Community Foundation.

UWSFC is proud to announce receipt of a $15,000 grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation.                             

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $15,000 grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF) during their 2017 Community Grants Spring Cycle.

The grant will support UWSFC in its mission to engage the whole community to create increased opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Charitable contributions and grants from foundations and government agencies make up the majority of UWSFC’s revenue. More than 75% of UWSFC’s operating budget goes toward the programs and services provided to children and families in the community. Last year, 1,800 families took part in home visiting, PreK, Family Friends & Neighbors, or one of the many workshops or fun activities offered.

 “UWSFC is happy to accept this grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “We are proud of the support we receive from SFCF in our vision to create a community where all children succeed in school and life.”

“Here at Santa Fe Community Foundation one of our focus areas is early childhood education.  We are happy to support and partner with United Way of Santa Fe County whose work we consider to be integral to the measurable improvement of our community’s children and families,” said Christa Coggins, Vice President for Community Philanthropy at Santa Fe Community Foundation.

UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

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.

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.

To learn more please visit www.uwsfc.org

UWSFC Makes Second Million Dollar Payment on Kaune Building Read More >>

UWSFC Makes Second Million Dollar Payment on Kaune Building.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 30, 2017

Contact: Marisol Baird

Cell: (505) 920-5939

Email: marisolb@uwsfc.org

UWSFC Makes Second Million Dollar Payment on Kaune Building.

United Way of Santa Fe County is closer to opening United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune with building payment to Santa Fe Public Schools.                                      

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce that it will complete the second payment to Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) for the purchase of the Kaune Elementary School Building at 1409 Monterey Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87505. The second payment totaled $1,000,000 plus $50,000 in accrued interest and was paid on Friday, May 24, 2017. The Kaune Elementary School building will become the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune.

The early learning center at Kaune will provide high-quality early childhood education and care to 184 children, ages six-weeks through Prekindergarten. UWSFC has launched the Kaune Kids Campaign to call on the community of Santa Fe to help raise $500,000 to complete the first phase of renovation: the Brindle Frost Baby Wing for children six-weeks through age 2. UWSFC has raised $3.2 million of the $7 million needed to complete the transformation of Kaune.

“We are proud to announce that we are one step closer to opening the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “With the help of the community we will be able to open the Brindle Frost Baby Wing to serve babies, toddlers, and their families in 2018.”

“I greatly appreciate the leadership and partnership of United Way of Santa Fe County.” said Veronica C. Garcia, Ed.D., Superintendent of SFPS. “This win-win relationship helps both of our organizations and ensures that the children of our community have access to high-quality early childhood education.”

UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

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.

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.

To learn more please visit www.uwsfc.org

2016 State of Preschool Yearbook Shows New Mexico Investing More to Reach More Children Read More >>

2016 State of Preschool Yearbook Shows New Mexico Investing More to Reach More Children

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 Contact:
Danila Crespin Zidovsky
danilaz@uwsfc.org
505-435-3184

2016 State of Preschool Yearbook Shows New Mexico Investing More to Reach More Children

 New Mexico PreK Recognized for Increased Funding and a Focus on Quality

 [SANTA FE, NM] – New Mexico boosted PreK funding by almost 30 percent and expanded enrollment, according to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Despite the increase, New Mexico is currently ranked 16th in access for 4-year-olds out of 44 states and 22nd for access for 3-year-olds among the 29 states that served 3-year-olds.

The State of Preschool Yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications, and other policies related to quality. State-funded PreK programs are ranked along ten benchmarks of quality. Decades of research shows that early childhood education can prepare children for greater success in elementary school and beyond, with benefits largest for the most disadvantaged– but only if quality is high. 

New Mexico enrolled 9,757 children in PreK, including one-third of state 4-year-olds and almost 2 percent of 3-year-olds. Nationwide, state-funded preschool program enrollment reached an all-time high, serving nearly 1.5 million children, 32 percent of 4-year-olds and five percent of 3-year-olds. Five states met all 10 current quality standards benchmarks. Nine states had programs that met fewer than half; and seven states do not fund preschool at all.

“Early childhood education is one of the best ways we can invest in our children, families and local economy,” said New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) Vice President for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Claire Dudley Chavez. “While we are excited to announce NIEER’s findings and the expansion of high-quality NM PreK, we must continue to work toward providing high-quality pre-K for every New Mexican child, ensuring they get the best possible start in life.”

NM PreK by the numbers in 2016:

  • Total state funding was $51 million in 2015-2016, a 29 percent increase of $11.3 million from 2014-2015.
  • New Mexico’s PreK program served 9,757 children, including 9,254 4-year-olds and 503 3-year-olds. Enrollment increased by 1,360 children from 2014-2015.
  • New Mexico ranked 16th in access for 4-year-olds out of 44 states and 22nd for access for 3-year-olds among the 29 states that served 3-year-olds.
  • State funding per child was $5,233, an increase of $502 from 2014-2015, ranking 20th nationwide.
  • New Mexico met eight of NIEER’s 10 current quality standards benchmarks.

Current benchmarks were designed to help states build programs, focusing on resources and policies related to the structural aspects of public pre-K—elements needed for a high-quality program but not fully defining one. This year, NIEER is introducing major revisions to the policy benchmarks for the first time since the Yearbook was launched in 2003. The new benchmarks raise the bar by focusing on policies that more directly support continuous improvement of classroom quality. State profiles in the 2016 Yearbook include both current and new benchmark scores.

New Mexico met 8 of the new benchmarks, meeting new requirements for early learning and development standards that are culturally sensitive, supported, and aligned with other state standards and child assessments. They also met the new requirements for supports for curriculum implementation; professional development, ongoing-coaching, and individualized professional development plans for both lead and assistant teachers; and have a continuous quality improvement system.

“NMECDP is committed to advancing access to NM PreK. We look forward to working with state policy leaders to prioritize funding in order to ensure every child has access to high-quality PreK,” Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst.

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership will launch the 2017 Expand NM PreK Tour in September. NMECDP will visit the following communities: Roswell, Las Vegas, Silver City, Gallup, Santa Fe, Albuquerque. For more information, please visit www.nmecdp.org

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 The State of Preschool Yearbook was supported with funding provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation while the survey data on which it relies was funded by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The findings, interpretations, and conclusions in this report are solely those of the authors. For more information and detailed state-by-state profiles on quality access, and funding, please visit www.nieer.org.        

UWSFC To Host Open House at future Early Learning Center at Kaune Read More >>

Press Release: UWSFC to Host Open House at future Early Learning Center at Kaune

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 20, 2017
Contact: Michael Zaragoza, Jr.
Cell: (505) 920-5107
Email: michaelz@uwsfc.org

UWSFC To Host Open House at future Early Learning Center at Kaune.

United Way of Santa Fe County will open the doors to the future site of the United Way Early Center at Kaune with tours, short program.               

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) will host an open house at the future site of the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune (UWELC) on Tuesday, March 21st from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. UWELC at Kaune is located at 1409 Monterey Drive. The event is open to all residents of Santa Fe County. Highlights of the event include tours of UWELC at Kaune beginning at 4:30 p.m., and a short program at 5:30 p.m. with guest speaker, author, children’s advocate, and UWSFC Board Member Valerie Plame.

The early learning center at Kaune will provide high-quality early childhood education and care to children ages six-weeks through Prekindergarten. UWSFC is raising $500,000 to complete the first phase of renovation: the Brindle Frost Baby Wing for children six-weeks through age 2. The event will also highlight United Way of Santa Fe County’s role in early childhood education and care with a two-generation approach of support for both children and their families.

“We are excited to share the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune with our community,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “This center will serve 180 children and their families.”

UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

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.

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.

To learn more please visit www.uwsfc.org

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.