First Born® Los Alamos has been awarded a $517,500 grant from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department to resume providing support for families having their first child.
CYFD will award $172,500 a year over five years to serve 58 families each year. First Born Los Alamos, which opened in 2008, had been closed for two years due to lack of funding. A project of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, home visitors provide free support for first-time parents from pregnancy until a child is three years old. Participants in 13 other state programs range from professional women in their 40s to teen mothers to first-time fathers.
Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation called the grant a perfect example of state government enabling Foundations to help the communities they serve. The LANL Foundation supports similar programs in Rio Arriba, San Juan, McKinley, San Miguel, Guadalupe and Mora counties.
Anna Marie Garcia, First Born program director, said reopening the Los Alamos office sends a strong message that the program is for everyone and that it can fit the needs of any family in New Mexico. “Everyone wants to be a good parent,” Garcia said, “First Born just shows them how.”