ESPAÑOLA — The LANLFoundation announces the appointment of Jovanna Archuleta to Assistant Secretary for Native American Early Education & Care.
Archuleta joined the LANL Foundation in 2017 as its Early Childhood Pueblo Outreach Coordinator. She now leaves that appointment to join the Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD).
Archuleta will help to shape the new position and the newly formed department from the ground up.
“Do you know what childcare can do for communities?” Archuleta said. “Parents can go work and they’re not stressed about money. They’re not stressed about finding someplace to leave their child. They’re not worried all day long about their child. I’m hoping that this could be an opportunity to create educational pipelines that build teachers to then develop childcare services for infants and toddlers.”
Archuleta’s role at the LANL Foundation was working collaboratively with the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and its members to develop early childhood plans specific to each Pueblo, a project that was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For Archuleta, the most rewarding aspect of her work has been building relationships among the Pueblos and helping them develop the early childhood plans they are now implementing. Her work with the Foundation has prepared her for this position by helping her, “…understand the culture that comes with our communities, the respect that comes with the communities, and having the ability to listen to their needs.”
Archuleta’s new duties will encompass every aspect of early childhood education for children from birth to three years old: home visiting, Early Head Start, pre-K, and childcare services. She will work with Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky to strengthen programs related to infants, toddlers, children, youth, and families.