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                                                     June 14, 2016

In this issue:

Year of the Baby Wrap-up & Fiesta Para Bebe's| Update on Early Childhood Collaborative Working Groups | Making Sense of Play | Summer Early Literacy Programs | 3 Positions Still Open for Americorps Vista   

Focus on Early Childhood

Year of the Baby - Wrap Up:

The Year of the Baby is wrapping up after a full year of celebrating families with young children in Santa Fe, NM. After the City and County resolutions, the Year kicked off with FIESTA PARA BEBÉS - an exciting health and wellness fair on May 2, 2015.

In November, we hosted a fun day of singing with famed bilingual teacher, storyteller and musician Jose Luiz Orozco at the Nye Early Learning Center. The free concert was followed by an engaging teacher training session with over a dozen early childhood teachers.
Throughout the year, there were various events for children and families, workshops and film screenings hosted by many organizations in the community that helped to make noise for babies! 

Read more about the successful 2016 FIESTA PARA BEBÉS and the upcoming Making Sense of Play exhibit highlighted below that will close out the year. 

Thank you to the Santa Fe Baby Fund, United Way of Santa Fe County, Early Chilhood Steering Committee  and many other community partners in helping to make Santa Fe a better place for all our young children!  


Early Childhood Baseline Report - Get Caught Up!

The Early Childhood Baseline Report was released last year helping to catalyze data-driven conversations, strategies and actions to improve outcomes for young children in Santa Fe. You can download the full report and get caught up. Read the 2015 Early Childhood Baseline Report now.


Early Childhood Collective Action Summary:


Check out the Early Childhood priorities in the Santa Fe Collective Action Plan developed by the Mayor's Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet and the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration with broad community inputs including:  

  • Potential Early Childhood Fund
  • Coordinated early childhood public awareness and outreach
  • Expanded support for families with young children
  • Increasing Prenatal care and reducing low birth rate babies
  • Support for developmental screening and referral follow-ups
  • Kindergarten readiness


Featured Collaborative Working Groups (CWGs)
on Early Childhood

(We have two CWGs focused on Early Childhood: Early Childhood Steering Committee and Collaborative Teachers Institute)

Early Childhood Steering Committee - Progress & What's Ahead:
The Early Childhood Steering Committee (ECSC) has been meeting once a month since April 2013 with the mission to collaborate on strategic and  programmatic early childhood priorities of the participating institutions.

A priority action for the ECSC over the last year has been the creation of the Santa Fe Early Learning Center at Agua Fria and the Santa Fe Early Learning Center at Kaune.  

Currently, the ECSC is focused on creating a county-wide coordinated data collection, outreach and interventions through the work of the Healthy Babies Data Team and the Kindergarten Readiness Data Team.


Collaborative Teachers Institute

The Collaborative Teachers Institute (CTI) is a group of early childhood teachers in Santa Fe interested in pursuing advanced, collaborative professional development.  Participating programs and teachers study children's interests through a reflective practice approach and are also exploring potential to create a pool of substitute teachers. Also find out about the Making Sense of Play Exhibit CTI is planning below. 

Making Noise for Babies - Early Childhood Events

2016 Fiesta Para Bebes:

Fiesta Para Bebe 2016 was a huge success! We had 34 providers share information with about 400 families with young children. There were performances from community musicians,  a magician was on hand and especially popular was a free raffle of mountains of diapers!

The event helped families connect with important early childhood services and providers of these services had a chance to network with community members as well as with other organizations and colleagues working towards similar outcomes. We were thrilled that a general feeling of community spirit prevailed. It was a great Fiesta!


Making Sense of Play - Opening June 18 

June 18, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of the Making Sense of Play exhibit at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum the Annex. Making Sense of Play explores the many ways that children make sense of the world through their play. Drawings, paintings, sculpture, and various activities coupled with their own words and those of their teachers show us how, where and why young children play and learn in Santa Fe. They also illustrate how teachers can support this playful learning.

The eight posters in the exhibit were created by teachers who participate in the Collaborative Teachers Institute (CTI), a group of early childhood educators who meet regularly to discuss and jointly develop their work. To learn more about the CTI, please visit


Kids Celebration and Family Fun Day - June 18

June 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please join us for the Healthy Kids Celebration and Family Fun Day at the Santa Fe Convention Center hosted by the  CHRISTUS St. Vincent, Santa Fe Fire Department & City of Santa Fe. 
The 5th Annual Healthy Kids Celebration & Family Fun Day, an exciting event full of activities and wellness for the whole family, including: 

  •  Performances by local fitness groups hands-on activities 
  • Acrobatics and juggling instruction from Wise Fool New Mexico expert circus instructors 
  • Car seat clinic with Safer New Mexico Now
  • Opportunities to meet with healthcare providers and health-focused organizations
  • Bike helmet safety and bike rodeo 
  • Dunk tank featuring Santa Fe firefighters 
  • Obstacle course 
  • Face painting, sand art and other 

Complimentary lunch will be provided and parking is free at the Santa Fe Convention Center.



Coffee With Early Childhood Colleagues

June 22, 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum invites early childhood professionals to the museum for an opportunity to informally meet and get to know one another. We will provide coffee or tea and light breakfast snacks and you can enjoy conversation with colleagues as well as get a tour of the facility!

Other News

Early Literacy/Reading Programs in Santa Fe this Summer:

1. The Santa Fe Public Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!”, the Library’s annual children’s Summer Reading Program. Each week in June and July will feature a fun craft, family program, or both!Santa Fe Public Library Summer Reading Program began Monday, May 23rd.  Get details and download fliers here.

2. The Reading is Magic Camp is a free specialized summer reading camp for rising 3rd to 5th grade students who are 1 or more years behind in reading. This camp is sponsored by Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences (SFSAS), a non-profit expeditionary learning school. The two-week-long camp will be held from July 11-22 at SFSAS located at 5912 Jaguar Drive. Students must be referred by their teachers.For more information or to register contact Rayna Dineen,, 505-920-9709.

Snuggle a Baby, Support a Mom:
Many Mothers is recruiting volunteers to help provide support to families in Santa Fe during the early months following the birth or adoption of a new baby. Volunteers provide support to the family for approximately 3 hours a week for up to 12 weeks at a time. An interview, background check and orientation training are required. 
Anyone who loves babies and families is welcome to join our team of wonderful volunteers to help improve our community, one baby at a time. 
Contact Nancy at or 505-983-5984 for more information or to get started today.

Children's Museum is Now Open:

Hours - Monday & Tuesday Closed, Wednesday- 9:00- 5:00, Thursday- 10:00- 6:30, Friday & Saturday - 10:00- 5:00, Sunday- 12:00- 5:00

Our mission is to build upon a child’s natural sense of joy and discovery by cultivating habits of inquiry in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The museum’s informal learning environment fosters interactions among children and families, and encourages active participation in the learning process through interactive exhibitions and programs. As an educational institution, we provide leadership on issues concerning children. Through its exhibits, programs, staffing, and governance, the museum recognizes and reflects our community’s economic, ethnic, and cultural diversity.


Early Childhood and 2 Other VISTA Positions Still Open:

Are you interested or know someone who may be interested in serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member? This important position will help implement the Collective Action Plans of the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration and the Mayor’s Children, Families and Communities Cabinet.Three positions have been filled, but we are still interviewing for the last three positions in the areas of "Early Childhood", "Mentoring, Tutoring and Internship Hub" and “Grant Writing and Best Practice Research."

  • Early Childhood (Accepting applications)

  • Mentoring, Tutoring and Internship Hub (Accepting applications)

  • Extended Learning (Position filled)

  • Prevention and Re-engagement of Disconnected Youth (Position filled)

  • Career Pathways and Workforce Development (Position filled)

  • Grant Writing and Best Practice Research (Accepting applications)

VISTA members will work closely with community leaders and partners to develop community outreach strategies, implement collaborative projects and engage youth and adults in the community, as well as supporting resource development for long-term sustainability and success of the collective impact efforts.

SF B2C Open Communications Meeting - June 24

The SF B2C invites colleagues from various collaborative groups and community partners to participate in a monthly Open Communications Meeting. We learn about what everyone is doing in regards to programs and outreach and also work to coordinate and align our activities within the Santa Fe Collective Action Plan and SF B2C communication efforts.
Please join us on Friday, June 24th at 9am to 10:30pm at the Santa Fe Community Foundation for the next Open Communications Meeting. (Note the schedule change from previous date June 17th).  Priority topic for discussion for this meeting will be K-12 Success and Youth Resiliency.  Let us know if you can join us by sending your RSVP to

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