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Since its founding in 1997, the First Born Program (FBP) has been committed to serving first time families and women pregnant for the first time. The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation has been awarded a $715,000 grant for the First Born Program by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue its signature brand of home prenatal support and community based family curriculum.
“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant will help the LANL Foundation expand services to young children and their families in New Mexico. We are thrilled to be a partner in their initiative to help New Mexico improve early childhood wellbeing,” Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation said.
The grant will provide increased First Born programming including further support of the First Born Programs in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties.
Additionally, the LANL Foundation will meet with stakeholders in McKinley and San Juan Counties where communities are interested in implementing their own First Born Programs. As a result of the grant, the Foundation will be able to host a state-wide conference in the fall for First Born home visitors and others who work with children to provide training and support.
“It’s great that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation allows us to provide nationally known trainers for practitioners in New Mexico to keep us going strong and healthy as we serve our families,” Mary Hendrix, First Born Officer for the LANL Foundation said.
She added that the conference will be held in October 2011 and will be open to First Born home visitors as well as all people who work with young children and their families.