Children’s experiences during their first few years of life critically impact how their brains develop and how they will interact with the world. These impacts are most pronounced during the initial three years of life. That is why LANL Foundation supports early education programs designed to empower parents and caregivers to be their child’s first and best teachers.
Pueblo Outreach Project
Based on positive outcomes in home visiting and the LANL Foundation’s work to support and expand early childhood program reach throughout New Mexico, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council (ENIPC) governing board initiated a partnership to help improve the health and early development of children in their communities.
Through the Pueblo Outreach Project, LANL Foundation staff works collaboratively with the ENIPC and tribal leadership to conduct research for a community assessment that identifies early childhood and family support resources available to the northern Pueblo communities of Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque.
From information in the community-mapping phase, a logic model will be developed to define a culturally relevant plan and activities that each community can use to increase awareness, build capacity, better utilize current services or develop new programs devoted to early childhood health and wellbeing.
The project is funded by a $1,066,240 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and will continue for three years into early 2020.
A committee comprised of representatives from the Pueblos, in addition to key members from the surrounding community, offers project guidance and support that is both culturally respectful and strategic.
This committee is under development, with current members:
- Gil Vigil, Advisory Committee Chair, Executive Director of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and councilman and former Governor of Tesuque Pueblo
- Elmer Torres, former San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor Tribal Council member, former Tribal Liaison Director at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Government Relations Office and current LANL Foundation board member
- Ron Martinez, Senior Associate for the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands University, Director of ENLACE New Mexico
- Roger Montoya, Executive Director of Moving Arts Española, community organizer
- April Winters, Taos Pueblo member, Tiwa Babies Home Visitor
For more information about the Early Childhood Program and the Pueblo Outreach Project, please contact:
Anna Marie Garcia, Early Childhood Program Director
(505) 753-8890 ext. 126 AnnaMG@lanlfoundation.org
Jovanna Archuleta, Pueblo Outreach Coordinator
(505) 753-8890, ext. 142 email@example.com
RJ Martinez, Program Associate
(505) 753-8890, ext. 144 firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Tribal Leadership of ENIPC has guided our collaboration with the LANL Foundation. Mutual commitment to our communities and concern for our children and families is what initiated this work. ENIPC looks forward to the future work and the potential outcomes from the Pueblo Outreach Project, which aligns with our mission to provide quality programs that meet the needs of our families and communities through prevention, training, education, health and support.”
– Gil Vigil, Executive Director of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and councilman and former Governor of Tesuque Pueblo