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In 2022, there seem to be more job opportunities than applicants. People have more choices now when considering the type of work they want to do. Today’s workers want what they do to make a difference, so it’s a great time to consider working for a local nonprofit organization.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to many nonprofit organizations that help the community with a wide range of services. Some nonprofits support the homeless, some help animals, and others, like Growing Up New Mexico, focus their services on families with young children who need help.

Growing Up New Mexico is seeking new employees to help them achieve their goals. If you love working with young children and new parents, being part of Growing Up New Mexico may be how you can make a difference.

What is Growing Up New Mexico? Child stacking blocks

Growing Up New Mexico (Growing Up NM) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Santa Fe. They believe that all families are capable of success if given the right opportunities and resources at the right time. These resources include access to childcare, supports for home-based childcare providers, home visits for parents with young children, and helping families learn how to get the community help they need, as well as coaching to aid in setting and reaching self-identified goals.

The focus of their work is to demonstrate and implement effective and proven early childhood and family support strategies, prenatal to age 5, focused on quality, equity, and access. In carrying out their work, they strive to employ a multi-generation, or “whole family” approach to simultaneously reach children and the adults in their lives. They also build public awareness and political will for investments in early childhood education and care so that every New Mexico child and their families will have equitable access to quality early learning opportunities and the supports they need to thrive.

What DO Families Say About Growing Up NM?

Alicia from Rio Arriba County said, “As a daughter of immigrant parents, I saw how much my mom struggled to navigate our systems, especially as a Spanish speaker without guidance. Bridges to Opportunity is a huge blessing to our community and connected us to a lot of different resources in Spanish. Now, we’re working on our goal of getting out of debt!”

Janelle, who also lives in Rio Arriba County, appreciates her home visitor. “Our home visitor has become a part of our daily life as we learn to be better parents. She taught me how to advocate for myself during postpartum medical challenges, and she was a huge help working through breastfeeding during complications.”

Nicole from Santa Fe County was a young first-time mother who needed help from Growing Up New Mexico. She said, “Simran was the first person I talked to in the first month of being a mom, and I needed her! She gave me the confidence and help I needed with breastfeeding. Thankfully, I didn’t have postpartum depression, and I truly believe Simran and Great Start and Home Visiting played a big part in that. It really helped me to hear I was doing great, and to find what worked for us.”

Gil, also from Santa Fe County, said, “Our family is so grateful for the preschool that the Early Learning Center at Kaune has offered through the COVID-19 pandemic. The care, attention, and heart that Jen and her staff bring every day to each one of our children is wonderful. They have focused on nurturing learning for our son. Kaune has given us the gift of peace of mind, and the ability to continue full-time work and school. In case I don’t say it enough: Thank you, thank you, for all you do for my son and for all the children in your care.

Growing Up NM IMPACTS in 2021Man with child

Growing Up NM Home Visiting
• 5,654 visits to 410 families

Family, Friends & Neighbors
• 42 home-based childcare providers enrolled
• 100 children received care

Bridges to Opportunity
• 44 families and 77 children received help in navigating social systems

Great Start Family Support
• 501 visits to families with new infants
• 219 families completed the program

Early Learning Programs at Kaune
• 100 families enrolled

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
• 26,373 books sent to children in Santa Fe County
• 439 families received additional Spanish-language books

Be Part of the TeamWoman in day care holding child

If you are looking for a new career, you can be one of the people parents depend on to help their children have bright futures. With your help, more families and more young children can be supported. As part of the team, you can help ensure all New Mexico children and their families have equitable access to quality early learning opportunities and the support programs they need to thrive.

contact Growing Up New Mexico

Growing Up New Mexico
The Early Childhood Partnership
440 Cerrillos Rd., Suite A
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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