CAASNM recently wona major, four-year award from the State of New Mexico’s Children, Youth, and Families Department to initiate a home visiting program that will be called “Thriving Kids”. The project concentrates on families with children ages 0-3 in the Gadsden area of Doña Ana County.

“Thriving Kids” partners with families and communities to promote children’s early development by supporting parents and caregivers in their own home environment.Julie Ballard Soto will be the program’s manager, and Laura Quiroz and Guillel Rodriguez will be Thriving Kids Mentors.

“Thriving Kids” is part of the larger CAASNM “Thriving Families” initiative that will partner with and mentor families to encourage their self-advocacy to pursue community opportunities and services that will help them thrive as family units in society. Each of CAASNM’s four service lines: family wellness; family empowerment; bridging resources; and community connections will now fit within the “Thriving Families” structure.