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SANTA FE, N.M. — Two Counties Get $1.8M for Families

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $1.8 million grant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation for expansion of the First Born program to two new counties.

Through the grant, families having their first child in San Juan and McKinley Counties will receive three years of home visits, medical advice and training to build parenting skills and child brain development.

The LANL Foundation will help establish the new First Born nonprofit for the northwest New Mexico counties, hire and train employees and oversee operations for the first year and help transfer the grant to a local non-profit organization. At least 200 families per year are expected to benefit from the guidance of home visitors.

First Born teaches parents to understand infant development from pregnancy to age 3, helping children become school-ready and parents to learn parenting skills for future children. Services are free and offered to all first-time families, including first-time fathers and adopting parents.

First-time parents will receive support during pregnancy, training in breast feeding and bonding with their baby, regular home visits, instruction on brain development and guidance to get regular immunizations for their children.