Agency's Conjunto Therapeutic Pre-K Preschool in the News

 KUNM Conjunto story picture Jan 2018

A Public Health New Mexico article, highlighted recently on KUNM, looks closely at the very specific services available through Las Cumbres' Conjunto Therapeutic Preschool in Española, serving three- and four-year-olds whose families may be experiencing drug-related trauma.

In the story, Nora Volkow, who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that we now know that traumatic childhood events like losing a parent to the criminal justice system, abuse or neglect causes physiological changes in the brain and that those changes can have serious consequences later in life if they’re not dealt with early. But if children learn to function well in groups, express their emotions in healthy ways, and control their impulses in their early years, research shows they’ll be more likely to succeed in school, and their chance of falling into addiction later in life can fall drastically.

That’s why there is a push for more support of programs like Conjunto—which Volkow said is even more important in communities with longstanding addiction issues like Española.

To read the full article, click here. To access KUNM's Public Health New Mexico website, clink on this link.

And to learn more about Conjunto Therapeutic Pre-K Preschool, visit this page.

Finally, consider making a much needed donation today for use by the preschool, always seeking funds for healthy snacks, art supplies, and creative activities and outings. Contact the agency Director of Development and Communications to find out how you can help by emailing . Or by telephone: 505.819.5117.

 

 

Free Baby Boxes Available in Santa Fe and Espanola Las Cumbres Offices

Assembled Baby Box

The Santa Fe and Espanola offices of Las Cumbres are now distributing Baby Boxes! Originally developed in Finland in the 1930s, in a country that boasts one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates, Baby Boxes have since gained popularity in the United States. Las Cumbres Community Services' Confident Parenting Home Visiting Program staff offers Baby Boxes to all families who are expecting a new baby or have a child under 3 months. This FREE Baby Box includes a firm mattress and sheet, along with useful baby supplies to help the baby get off to a healthy start. Along with receipt of Baby Box, families will receive free education surrounding safe sleep.

Dr. Kathryn McCans, chair of New Jersey’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board, explains the goal of the program is preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “Through education and awareness, people can make better choices and hopefully we can see fewer children dying.” Although the rate of SIDS deaths in the U.S. has declined drastically since 1994 when the Back to Sleep campaign spread the word about putting infants to sleep on their backs, it’s gone up in recent years.

The hope is that the number of kids dying from SIDS will decrease in the states that make baby boxes free and available. In most cases, the boxes can accommodate a baby up to six months old and the SIDS rate is highest between months two and four.

Contact the agency’s Santa Fe office to learn how you can receive a free Baby Box. Telephone: 505.955.0410 in Santa Fe or 505.753.4123, Española.

Agency's Low Birth Weight Prevention Program in the News

Las Cumbres' ¡Que Cute! Healthy Baby Program's excellent work is being noticed. Las Cumbres Community Services' Que Cute Low Birth Weight Prevention services were recently featured in an Albuquerque Journal North article. Read more about it here to better understand the unique and important work being done by agency ¡Que Cute! Prevention Advocate, Ana Morelos.  

¡Que Cute! continues to provide high quality care for expecting mothers who need help navigating the often complicated business of accessing needed services. From the article

Morelos’ work entails assisting moms identified as at high risk for giving birth to low birth weight babies to find the assistance they need from various medical and social help networks. Going it alone can cause stress, and stress in pregnancy is one of the risk factors for low birth weight babies.

The structure of Las Cumbres Community Services’ ¡Que Cute! “navigation” program has served as a model for a much broader initiative launched recently in Santa Fe County, organizers say. (Wren Propp, ABQ Journal North, 8/11/17).

Click on the link above to read the full story. To schedule an appointment or inquire about assistance, call Ana at 505.500.2782.

Child and Family Services Wish List for Families

So many families in our service area of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and Taos Counties subsist on so little. Items that we may simply take for granted are not always available to our clients, especially as winter weather is coming.

Below is a wish list of things that families regularly seek. Please telephone or email our agency Development and Communications Director if you can make a donation. Telephone 505.819.5117 in Santa Fe, or email her here.

We thank you sincerely in advance for your generosity!

Baby Clothes for Newborns, especially sizes 0-3 months
Backpack baby carrier
Breast pumps

Diapers for ages newborn on up
Disposable diapers

High chairs
Kitchen appliances - crockpots, microwaves, etcetera
Maternity clothes

Mattresses
Strollers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Podcast of Las Cumbres KSFR-FM Interview: Que Cute Healthy Baby Program

¡Qué Cute! Healthy Baby Program Director Linnea Morelos and program Low BirthWeight Prevention Advocate Ana Morelos were interviewed recently on KSFR-FM's "Healthy Woman" program hosted by Jewell Cabeza de Vaca. Speaking about the agency's Low Birth Weight Prevention Program, Linnea and Ana discussed low birth weight rates and how to prevent same
by providing services for pregnant women and their families in Santa Fe County. 

To hear the broadcast in its entirety, click here.

Linnea and baby 1 cropped

In Santa Fe County 9.4 percent of babies are born prematurely or at low birth weight. This compares to the statewide average of 8.8 percent. Low birth weight can be due to expectant mothers' sress levels, a health condition, or as a result of drinking, smoking, or other substance use abuse during the pregnancy. Babies born at low birth weight are at risk for physical and/or developmental disabilities. Through Las Cumbres' ¡Qué Cute! Healthy Baby Program, mothers-to-be will be offered connections to resources to help them have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

For more about the program, review the program link on this website at ¡Qué Cute! Healthy Baby ProgramServices are available for free.

Contact Ana directly at 505.901.1027 or telephone Linnea at 505.795.4153.

 

Española

Administrative Office

(if you are seeking information on Child and Family services in Española, please refer calls or fax referrals to Espa
ñola Early Childhood Services Center numbers below-
Thank You!)

102 N. Coronado
Espanola, NM 87532
phone 505.629.1813
fax 505.747.0421

Española Early Childhood Center

404 Hunter Street
Española, NM 87532
phone: 505.753.4123
fax: 505.753.6947

For referrals, ask to speak to Rebecca Quintana at ext 129

Adult Services

104 N. Coronado
Española, NM 87532
phone: 505.747.4715
fax: 505.747.4524

TTY/TDD/Audio Relay 711 National Voice Relay available:
Dial 711 to be automatically connected to a Telecommunications Relay Service operator who can initiate a call from any telephone, anywhere in the United States.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Early Childhood Center(including Family Infant Toddler/Early Intervention)

1911 Fifth St., Suite 100
Santa Fe, NM 87505
phone: 505.955.0410
fax: 505.955.8577

Los Alamos
(Adult Home)

2056 Peach Street
Los Alamos, NM 87544
phone: 505.662.4703 [Women’s Apartment]
phone: 505.662.7653 [Men’s Apartment]

Chama Office

493 Terrace Ave., Suite 1
Chama, NM 87520
phone: 575.795.4681 or 575.209.0347

Taos Office

1332 Gusdorf Rd., #A
Taos, NM 87571
phone 575.224.3197
fax: 575.224.3198

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