Infant packages distributed by ECECD and IAD to Native communities across New Mexico. Courtesy/ECECD
- Packages Customized to Individual Communities’ Needs
SANTA FE – The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) has partnered with the Indian Affairs Department (IAD) to distribute infant packages to Native communities across New Mexico.
Deliveries have been made to the Pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Jemez, Sandia, Isleta, Acoma, Laguna, Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe, Santa Clara, Ohkay, Picuris, and Taos, as well as the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache tribes.
Over the coming weeks, deliveries will reach the Navajo Nation.
“New Mexico is home to dozens of tribal communities – and each is home to children whose needs we are eager to support. We’re delighted to partner with the Indian Affairs Department, the Children, Youth and Families Department, and a network of volunteers to deliver key materials,” said Jovanna Archuleta, ECECD Assistant Secretary for Native American Early Childhood Education and Care.
“This effort is just one of the many ways New Mexicans are supporting each other during the public health emergency,” IAD Cabinet Secretary Lynn Trujillo said. “In addition to our partners at ECECD, we want to thank the volunteers who packed and unpacked nearly 30,000 lbs of food and supplies according to each tribal community’s specific request.”
Each package contains a one-month supply of the following age-appropriate items:
0 – 6 Months
- Baby book
6 – 12 Months
- Baby food, cereal and introductory snacks
- Baby book
Note: Baby food and formula will be delivered in an upcoming shipment, along with other backordered items not included in the packages delivered so far.