Local New Mexico Organization First Born To Host Second Annual International Symposium April 6-14, 2023


The First Born® Home Visiting Symposium returns for its second annual virtual event in 2023.

This free international event will be held online April 6-14, 2023, and is designed to provide a platform for professionals, researchers, and policymakers in the field of home visiting, along with early childhood education and development to come together and share best practices and information.

This year’s symposium will take a closer look at home visiting through an equity lens, with experts from across the industry providing insight and strategies to create systems that are equitable for all families. Attendees can expect to participate in educational sessions focusing on topics like gender-responsive approaches, culturally-responsive practices, trauma-informed strategies, meeting the needs of marginalized communities, mentorship programs for young parents, as well as research updates.

“The symposium is free and will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, connect with colleagues, and gain new insights and strategies for supporting families and building strong communities,” said Tekla Johnson, Director, First Born® Model Office and Training Institute. “We value the insights shared by all in this symposium and welcome all to join us for amazing opportunities to learn, network and make a difference together.” 

The event will feature renowned keynote speaker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute, who will present her unique perspectives on effective home visiting programs. Lipsky will share her knowledge on pressing topics, as well as offer practical tools to sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of trauma.

Other topics include engagement through technology, leveraging community resources in rural settings, reducing disparities among racial/ethnic groups, strengthening partnerships between service providers and local stakeholders, understanding the impact of poverty on families with young children, and more. 

To learn more about the First Born® Home Visiting Symposium or register to attend, visit firstbornprogram.org.

About: The First Born® Program (FBP):

FBP was established in 1997 in Grant County, New Mexico through a collaborative community-based process. In 2018, the home visiting program’s central office moved to the Early Childhood Center of Excellence at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. FBP serves San Juan County, Rio Arriba County, McKinley County, Los Alamos County, Santa Fe County, Mora County, Harding County, San Miguel County, Socorro County, and Northern Pueblos of New Mexico including Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe and San Ildefonso.


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