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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 >>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

 

UWSFC and SVHsupport Provides Prenatal Outreach and Education Read More >>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 6, 2017
Contact: Marisol Baird
Cell: (505) 920-5939
Email: marisolb@uwsfc.org

UWSFC and SVHsupport Provides Prenatal Outreach and Education

UWSFC Prenatal Outreach and Education program receives $125,000 grant from SVHsupport to provide information and resources to expecting families.                                         

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is proud to announce the receipt of a $125,000 grant from SVHsupport to provide information and resources to expecting families in Santa Fe County with the Prenatal Outreach and Education program.

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.

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 to accept this grant from 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.”

“Joining with and supporting UWSFC will ensure more Santa Fe mothers and children will receive the support and care needed to have a healthy and successful life,” said Dave Delgado, President and Board Member, SVHsupport.

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 Roswell Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK Read More >>

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 31, 2017
Contact: Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst
Cell: 505-435-3184
Email: danilaz@uwsfc.org

Statewide 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) 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 6, 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 to
 A visit to a local NM PreK site to see firsthand the positive impact of early childhood education.

My Kiddos Child Care Center (4 Star Center)
1111 S. Union
Roswell, NM 88203

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.                                                       

Hi Q Venue
208 North Virginia Street
Roswell, NM 88201

Roswell, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of the New Mexico Prekindergarten program (NM PreK) in Roswell on September 6. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at My Kiddos Child Care Center and a Lunch and Community Conversation at the Hi Q Venue, 208 North Virginia 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.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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