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LANL Foundation gets $200,000 from Kellogg

By Special to the Monitor

Española — Funds from a $200,000 grant will be used to bolster the First Born Program in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

The grant was awarded to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation in Española.

The grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will let LANL Foundation “play a key role in encouraging statewide awareness of the need for services for children ages birth-to-three, hold a statewide conference …  and to hire a part time LANL program officer,” according to a press release.

During 2005–2006, the LANL Foundation researched and consulted with early childhood development experts to find a program that serves the birth-to-three  population and their families. The result was the First Born Program of Grant County, founded by Vicki Johnson, being identified as the most promising model to meet the needs of children and families in Northern New Mexico.

FBP partners with the United Way of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Hospital of Española, and Los Alamos Medical Center to provide services to families in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties. The program provides home visits to help guide families through their child’s first three years.

Services are free and offered to all who are women pregnant for the first time and first-time families.

In 2009, FBP helped 21 families in Los Alamos County and 88 families in Rio Arriba County.

FBP matches services to individuals and includes a nurse postpartum visit, developmental assessments and support.