New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department-Home Visiting??
1120 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe NM 87501 www.nmececd.org
Mayra Gutierrez / (505) 660-7738 / Mayra.Gutierrez@state.nm.us
Lou Ann Sanchez Lovato/ (505) 470-5321?/ LouAnn.SanchezLovat@state.nm.us?
Project Abstract Summary
a. Purpose: New Mexico’s Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs) provide home visitation services to families prenatally and their children to the age of five (5) and work closely with state-funded programs to provide adequate and evidence-based services to support the most vulnerable families and their children. Home visitors support families by laying the foundation to support early prenatal care and promote healthy births. Other supports include teaching positive parenting practices, screening for risks, and referring families to appropriate community supports. New Mexico utilizes the MIECHV federal grant to fund evidence-based home visitation direct services and invests in infrastructure supports for data management and ongoing professional development to ensure quality services and programming. New Mexico establishes provider agreements with nine (9) home visiting provider agencies for direct service delivery and two (2) intergovernmental agreements with the University of New Mexico for infrastructure support – data management and professional development. New Mexico’s home visiting program is well-established and committed to enhancing and expanding relationships to improve early childhood and health outcomes for at-risk children and their families. Home visiting services are strategically delivered in at-risk communities, using best practices delivered through evidence-based models and aligning with the outlined goals and objectives.
b. New Mexico Home Visiting Goals: Goal 1 - By September 29, 2024, 100 percent of families (830) who participate in the NM MIECHV home visiting program will have an aligned system approach for prenatal through five services, targeting pregnant women and young children in identified at-risk communities to improve health outcomes. Goal 2 - By September 29, 2024, 85 percent of eligible enrolled mothers and children will be screened to promote improved prenatal, maternal, and child health outcomes. Goal 3 - By September 29, 2024, 100 percent of home visiting staff will increase the level of competency in early childhood development, infant mental health, reflective practices, and program management in alignment with the Program Standards for professional development and reflective supervision. Goal 4 - By September 29, 2024, 100 percent of home visiting staff will provide information to parents/caregivers to increase their awareness, knowledge, and engagement of infant and child well-being and school readiness.
New Mexico stays on course, continues to serve families and communities in high at-risk counties. Providing professional development opportunities to home visitors and program managers and support statewide quality service delivery.
Proposal: New Mexico Home Visiting will maintain enrollment of 830 families in 11 of 14 highest at-risk counties (Dona Ana, Otero, Curry, Roosevelt, Hildalgo, McKinley, Chaves, Rio Arriba, Taos, Bernalillo, and Valencia) of the state. The state will use the Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) for MIECHV delivery of service and incorporate additional models to address the outstanding adverse childhood experiences, health disparities, and inequities. Models include Healthy Families America, Child First, and Family Connects. The state has invested state general funds to initiate Family Connects through a pilot site and have plans to expand model to subsequent site(s). In collaboration, with New Mexico's Child Welfare system New Mexico will implement the new models to reach families who need high needs interventions that require more frequent dosages. Models are a response to more present needs.