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END FAMILY DETENTION: United Way of Santa Fe County’s Call to Protect the Rights and Dignity of Immigrant Families.

United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) strives to engage the whole community, bringing together people and resources to create increased opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Through their generosity of time, talent, and resources, our Santa Fe community demonstrates a shared commitment to the wellbeing of all children and their families, including immigrants seeking a safer and more prosperous future. We find the current practice of detaining migrant children, either separate from or with their families, contrary to our organization’s purpose and to our community’s shared values of human dignity and equity.

UWSFC acknowledges the sobering reality of the history of detaining and separating families in this country and understands that the current events playing out with migrant families on our southern border is not an entirely new phenomenon. In our local community of Santa Fe, we must acknowledge the impact that separation of families from their children has had, including the history of colonial slavery, the Japanese-American internment camp located in what is now the Casa Solana Neighborhood, and the forcible removal of American Indian children from their families through boarding schools and the arbitrary termination of parental and communal rights.

We find the ongoing acts of family separation and family incarceration egregious and inhumane. The strong bond between a parent and child is the foundation upon which healthy child development occurs. Children learn to love, learn, grow, and thrive within the context of their closest familial relationships. This is especially true in the first years of life. Research shows that children who experience early trauma or separation from primary caregivers experience life-long negative consequences, with lower achievement in school and higher rates of disease and mental health problems.

These actions are not limited to current migrants on the border. In fact, for the past several years, ICE raids on the interior of our country have led to the separation of families in communities across the country. They have instilled unnecessary fear and irreparable harm that has extended to the immigrant families we serve right here in Santa Fe. We stand with our local community in calling for the immediate reunification of separated families and for the end of family incarceration. We call for the humane treatment of all people in this country, especially immigrants and asylum seekers.

When considering suspension of due process or other matters of immigrant children’s rights, we would remind our elected officials that courts have found that the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, also known as the “Equal Protection Clause,” applies to ALL children residing in this country regardless of their immigration status.

United Way of Santa Fe County asks our friends and supporters to continue to stay engaged in this issue, over the long-term. The initial pressure placed on the administration to end family separation netted positive policy change. However, jailing children with their families, as opposed to separately from their families, is still jailing children. We cannot allow this practice of family incarceration to be normalized. In 2018, we can and must do better than to repeat the painful mistakes of the past with the current iteration of internment camps on our nation’s southern border. It is time we return to our core values that honor the dignity of all families and protects the rights of all people, before more harm is done to more children.

¡PAREN la DETENCIÓN de familias! El llamado a la acción de parte de United Way del Condado de Santa Fe a proteger los derechos y la dignidad de las familias inmigrantes.

United Way del Condado de Santa Fe (UWSFC) se esfuerza por involucrar a la comunidad entera al reunir a la gente y los recursos con el fin de brindar nuevas oportunidades para niños y familias a realizar sus sueños y lograr sus aspiraciones. Gracias a la voluntad de tiempo, talento y recursos, el pueblo de Santa Fe demuestra su compromiso con el bienestar de todos los niños y sus familias, incluso los inmigrantes que buscan un futuro más seguro y próspero.  Consideramos contraria la práctica actual de detener a los niños inmigrantes (por separado o junto con sus familias) a la justicia y la dignidad humana, valores compartidos entre nuestro pueblo y fundamentados en el propósito de esta organización.

UWSFC reconoce la sobria realidad de la historia de detención y separación de las familias en este país y entiende que los acontecimientos actuales tocando con familias migrantes en la frontera no es fenómeno nuevo del todo. En nuestro pueblo de Santa Fe, hay que reconocer el impacto que ha tenido la separación de los niños de sus familias, lo cual incluye la historia de la esclavitud colonial, el campo de concentración japonés-americano ubicado en lo que ahora es el vecindario de Casa Solana, y la remoción forzada de los niños indígenas de sus familias a través de internados y la terminación arbitraria de derechos de los padres y comunales.

Consideramos inhumanos y atroces los actos de separación y el encarcelamiento de familias. El fuerte vínculo entre un padre y un hijo es la base sobre la cual se produce el desarrollo de un niño sano. Los niños aprenden a amar, aprender, crecer y prosperar dentro del contexto de sus relaciones familiares más cercanas. Esto es especialmente cierto en los primeros años de vida. Las investigaciones indican que los niños que experimentan trauma o separación de los cuidadores primarios a temprana edad padecen consecuencias negativas durante toda la vida, con menor logro en la escuela y mayores tasas de enfermedad y problemas de salud mental.

Estas acciones no se limitan a los actuales migrantes en la frontera. De hecho, durante los últimos años, redadas de ICE en el interior de nuestro país han terminado en la separación de familias en comunidades en todo el país. Han inculcado miedo innecesario y un daño irreparable que se ha extendido hasta Santa Fe y las familias inmigrantes a las que atendemos. Nos paramos unidos con nuestra comunidad para exigir la inmediata reunificación de familias separadas y para poner fin a la encarcelación familiar. Demandamos el trato humanitario de todas las personas en este país, especialmente los inmigrantes y solicitantes de asilo.

Al considerar la suspensión del debido procedimiento u otros asuntos de los derechos del niño inmigrante, recordamos a nuestros funcionarios electos que las cortes han encontrado que la Enmienda 14 de la Constitución Estadounidense, también conocido como la “la cláusula de protección de igualdad,” se aplica a todos niños que residen en este país independientemente de su estatus de inmigración.

United Way del Condado de Santa Fe exhorta a nuestros amigos y colaboradores la continuada participación en este tema, en el largo plazo. La presión inicial colocada en la administración para parar la separación familiar resultó en un cambio de política positiva. Sin embargo, encarcelar a los niños con sus familias, en vez de aparte de sus familias, es aún encarcelar a los niños. No podemos permitir que esta práctica de encarcelamiento familiar se normalice. En el 2018, puede y debe hacer más que repetir los errores dolorosos del pasado con la iteración actual de campos de la internación en la frontera de nuestro país. Es hora de volver a nuestros valores que honran la dignidad de todas las familias y protegen los derechos de todas las personas, antes de hacer más daño a más niños.

 

Thornburg Foundation Gives Capital Grant for PreK Center at Kaune Read More >>

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Date: June 19, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: AbbyB@uwsfc.org

Thornburg Foundation Gives Capital Grant for PreK Center at Kaune

United Way of Santa Fe County’s PreK Center at Kaune receives a $100,000 capital grant from Thornburg Foundation.

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $100,000 grant from Thornburg Foundation to further the Capital Campaign for the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune.

Opening in August 2018, the PreK Center at Kaune signals a major expansion of UWSFC’s support for children and families in Santa Fe County. The Center will ultimately house 12 classrooms serving 200 children, ages three to five, and their families. The Center will provide year-round access to high-quality PreK and early childhood education ensuring that children start kindergarten ready-to-learn. The Center will focus on early literacy with a dual-language approach. Kaune is also proud to utilize community partnerships to develop a family-focused resource center. The Center will create 40 new jobs and emphasize work-force development.

“Thornburg Foundation’s support is a major milestone as we work to close the gap of our $5 million goal at Kaune,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “Their support of children and families in the community is significant.”

“We believe this capital investment into the PreK Center at Kaune makes great sense,” said Allan Oliver, Executive Director of the Thornburg Foundation. “The high quality Pre-K program at Kaune with a dual language approach will offer a much-needed service to Santa Fe families and provide an outstanding model for policymakers and providers.”

The Thornburg Foundation Early Childhood Education Initiative works to improve early childhood outcomes in New Mexico by promoting policies that improve the quality of the early childhood system, increase access, and create a sustainably funded system.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY
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 children and their 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 for Family, Friends & Neighbors Program Read More >>

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Date: March 21, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: AbbyB@uwsfc.org

UWSFC Receives Grant for Family, Friends & Neighbors Program

United Way of Santa Fe County’s Family, Friends & Neighbors program receives a $125,000 grant from Daniels Fund to support caregivers and families in Santa Fe County.                               

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $125,000 award from Daniels Fund to continue the innovative Family, Friends & Neighbors Program in Santa Fe County.

Many working parents in Santa Fe County rely on families, friends, and neighbors to care for their children. This program offers regular group and individual opportunities for caregivers to gain valuable knowledge in child development, healthy attachment, and early education, while children have the opportunity to play and develop among their peers.

“The Family, Friends & Neighbors program is innovative because it creates another structure for high-quality early childhood education and is a low-cost way to address the need for infant and toddler care in Santa Fe. Providers feel confident in the quality of care that they offer the children in their charge.” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “The grant received from the Daniels Fund will allow us to continue and expand this wonderful program.”

“The Daniels Fund is committed to supporting efforts to increase the number of children who enter kindergarten ready to learn,” said Linda Childears, President & CEO of the Daniels Fund. “We are pleased to support this program to help children become kindergarten-ready.”

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY

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 and SVHsupport Provides Prenatal Outreach and Education and Home Visiting Read More >>

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Date: March 8, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: AbbyB@uwsfc.org

UWSFC and SVHsupport Provides Prenatal Outreach and Education and Home Visiting

UWSFC Prenatal Outreach and Education and First Born® program receives a $213,000 grant from SVHsupport to provide information, resources, and support to Santa Fe’s families.

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $150,000 award from SVHsupport to provide information and resources to expecting families in Santa Fe County with the Prenatal Outreach and Education program. SVHsupport awarded another $63,000 to UWSFC’s First Born® and Home Visiting Programs to provide support to more first-time parents in Santa Fe County.

UWSFC’s Prenatal Outreach and Education program connects pregnant women and their families with resources in Santa Fe County to support them during and after their pregnancies. The program also offers free “Preparing the Way” prenatal classes covering topics such as newborn care, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and hospital tours, each month.

Beginning prenatally and continuing through the first three years of a baby’s life, UWSFC’s First Born® and Home Visiting Programs support first-time parents in Santa Fe County by offering weekly visits by trained professionals who offer individual and family support, guidance, and resources that promote confident, healthy, and happy families. A study published by the Rand Corporation in 2016 has shown that, during their first year of life, children are one-third less likely to visit the emergency room when families are visited by well-trained professionals, such as those at UWSFC.

SVHsupport is a locally managed nonprofit organization supporting projects that directly impact the health and wellness of the community, in complement to ongoing financial and strategic support for CHRISTUS St. Vincent. The Prenatal Outreach and Education program is intended to increase healthy births in Santa Fe County.

 “UWSFC is happy for our partnership with SVHsupport,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “Now, in its second year, I’m proud that the Prenatal and Outreach Education program has served over 130 women and their families in Santa Fe County. Last year, we served more than 200 families in our First Born® Home Visiting Program, and now we can serve many more.”

“We are proud to partner with UWSFC to provide support and expand programs that will improve the care and education for mothers and their babies in the Santa Fe Community,” says Peter F. Bastone, President and CEO, St. Vincent Hospital Support (SVHsupport). “This is the third consecutive year we have provided grant funding to UWSFC because they are having a positive, and measurable impact on the lives of children and families in our community.”

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY

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.

ABOUT ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL SUPPORT (SVHsupport)

SVHsupport is a Santa Fe based nonprofit owning 50 percent of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Reginal Medical Center. In its ten-year history, SVHsupport has partnered with the international nonprofit health system, (CHRISTUS Health), to bring excellence in healthcare to Santa Fe. Along with SVHsupport’s ownership of the local community hospital, the organization serves a broader mission to improve access to quality health care and increase the overall health of our community. Since 2008, SVHsupport has provided more than $25 million of mission investments to the community by making grants to local nonprofits, making scholarships available to high school seniors pursuing healthcare related studies, and direct funding of critical programs at our local community hospital, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

 

UWSFC Celebrates Reading on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Read More >>

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Date: February 14, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: abbyb@uwsfc.org

United Way of Santa Fe County Celebrates Reading on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

UWSFC will promote the National Education Association’s Read Across American Campaign with snacks, activities, and a book exchange.

Santa Fe, NM – The National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign to promote reading is celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. UWSFC will celebrate the event with snacks, a free book exchange and fun activities for young children and their families on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. until noon at the United Way Early Learning Center at Aspen: 3164 Agua Fria Road, Santa Fe New Mexico, 87507

Activities at this annual, bilingual event include a reading circle, music, magician, and toddler-oriented craft. Friends and family are encouraged to give gently used children’s books. To donate, please drop off anytime between February 23rd at March 2nd at the United Way Early Learning Center at Agua Fria.

UWSFC strives to emphasize the importance of reading to children, every day, beginning at birth. Studies show that reading has meaningful, measurable impact on brain development and memory. Reading hones skills such as language development, communication, and listening, making sure that children begin kindergarten ready-to-learn and are successful throughout their academic careers.

 “Reading to young children is very important for their brain development and success in school,” Katherine Freeman, CEO, United Way of Santa Fe County, “We are proud to host this event, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”

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.

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

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Date: November 6, 2017
Contact: Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst
Cell: 505-435-3184 Email: danilaz@uwsfc.org

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

Statewide early learning 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) 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 learning in New Mexico.

What: NMECDP will highlight the importance of NM PreKindergarten and the positive impact high-quality early learning programs for working families.

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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
A visit to a local NM PreK site to see firsthand the positive impact of early childhood education.

 United Way of Santa Fe County Early Learning Center at Aspen Community Magnet School
430 La Madera Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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.                           

Santa Fe Community College
Jemez Room
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM  87508

Santa Fe, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of the New Mexico Prekindergarten program (NM PreK) in Santa Fe on November 15. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at UWSFC’s Early Learning Center at Aspen Community Magnet School, 430 La Madera Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 and a Lunch and Community Conversation at the Santa Fe Community College in the Jemez Room, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508.  

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 Claire Dudley Chavez, Executive VP for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, 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.”

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.

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

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

Statewide early learning 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) 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 learning in New Mexico.

What: NMECDP will highlight the importance of NM PreKindergarten and the positive impact high-quality early learning programs for working families.

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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
A visit to a local NM PreK site to see first hand the  positive impact of early childhood education.

Rehoboth Early Childhood Center
7 Tse Yaaniichii Lane

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.

Gallup Community Service Center
410 Bataan Veterans Street                                                       

Gallup, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of the New Mexico Prekindergarten program (NM PreK) in Gallup on October 25. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at Rehoboth Early Childhood Center, 7 Tse Yaaniichii Lane, Rehoboth, NM and a Lunch and Community Conversation at the Gallup Community Service Center, 410 Bataan Veterans Street.

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 Claire Dudley Chavez, Executive VP for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, 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.”

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.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 26, 2017
Contact: Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst
Cell: 505-435-3184
Email: danilaz@uwsfc.org

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

Statewide early learning 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) 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 learning in New Mexico. 

What: NMECDP will highlight the importance of NM PreKindergarten and the positive impact high-quality early learning programs for working families.

When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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
A visit to a local NM PreK site to see firsthand the positive impact of early childhood education.

Western University Child Development Center
Sechler-Rhoades Hall
1000 W. College Avenue
Silver City, NM 88062

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. 

Student Memorial Building Meeting Room
Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Avenue
Silver City, NM 88062                                                   

Silver City, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of the New Mexico Prekindergarten program (NM PreK) in Silver City on October 4. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at Western University Child Development Center, Sechler-Rhoades Hall, 1000 W. College Avenue, Silver City, NM 88062 and a Lunch and Community Conversation at the Student Memorial Building Meeting Room, Western New Mexico University, 1000 W. College Avenue, Silver City, NM 88062.

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 Claire Dudley Chavez, Executive VP for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, 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.”

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 Receives Too Small to Fail Grant Read More >>

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Date: September 20, 2017
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: abigailb@uwsfc.org

United Way of Santa Fe County Receives Too Small to Fail Grant.
UWSFC awarded a prestigious grant from Too Small to Fail to implement a program called STRIVE for 5

Santa Fe, NM – One of Five United Way’s to receive the grant nationwide, United Way of Santa Fe County will implement STRIVE for 5, a hands-on bilingual (English/Spanish) program designed to provide early educators instant tools and ideas to promote children’s language development and improve the quality of early learning environments.

The goal of STRIVE for 5 is to equip early educators with concrete resources to support the growth and development of young children from infancy to age five—along with hands-on materials and strategies to engage parents and families. United Way of Santa Fe County will train staff to deliver STRIVE for 5 to early childcare providers.

United Way of Santa Fe County will incorporate this new program into the Family, Friends and Neighbors Program for childcare providers working with children under 5 years old. The STRIVE for 5 program provides key information and tools to help educators create a vocabulary-rich early learning environment and enrich daily moments with activities like talking, reading, and singing. The STRIVE for 5 initiative aligns with United Way of Santa Fe County’s mission that all children succeed in school and life.

“This program will help our Spanish speaking community embrace literacy. We work with care providers who will be able to implement this high-quality program with the children in their care. We are thrilled to be the recipients of this grant because it’s so relevant to the work we do.” Katherine Freeman, CEO, United Way of Santa Fe County.

“We know millions of children spend a significant amount of time outside the home in formal and informal education and care settings. There is a clear opportunity and need to provide early educators with innovative tools to create a nurturing and stimulating environment to promote early language development,” said Patti Miller, Director of Too Small to Fail.

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 Las Vegas Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK Read More >>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 14, 2017
Contact: Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst
Cell: 505-435-3184
Email: danilaz@uwsfc.org

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

Statewide early learning 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) 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 learning in New Mexico.

What: NMECDP will highlight the importance of NM PreKindergarten and the positive impact high-quality early learning programs for working families.

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 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
A visit to a local NM PreK site to see firsthand the positive impact of early childhood education.                                    

Luis E. Armijo Elementary School
600 Porter Ave.
Las Vegas, NM

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.                                                    

Charlie’s Bakery and Cafe
715 Douglas Ave.
Las Vegas, NM

 Las Vegas, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of the New Mexico Prekindergarten program (NM PreK) in Las Vegas on September 20. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at Luis E. Armijo Elementary School, 600 Porter Ave. and a Lunch and Community Conversation at Charlie’s Bakery and Café, 715 Douglas Ave., Las Vegas, NM.

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 Claire Dudley Chavez, Executive VP for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, 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.”

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.