The First Born® Program (FBP) has its roots in Michigan and was established in l997 in Grant County, New Mexico through a comprehensive community-based collaborative process. The program’s central office is located at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Program’s mission is to increase the health and wellness of women pregnant for the first time, families parenting for the first time, and families adopting their first baby. FBP provides mothers, fathers and primary caregivers with education, support and service coordination. FBP is curriculum-based and relationship-centered. FBP was named one of the nation’s 10 most innovative and exemplary prevention programs in 2002 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and several other collaborating national agencies.
Through weekly home visits, families identify their personal goals and learn to build upon their strengths, recognize challenges and opportunities for growth, and establish healthy relationships whose effects will last a lifetime. At the core of the program is the conviction that a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby are not only critical to the immediate well being of mother and child but are also basic to the long-term health and success of family and community. The most effective and efficient unit for building a competent society is a bonded, resilient and competent family.
The expanding knowledge of human growth and development in the earliest years teaches us that children are born learning. We know that children’s success in preschool and beyond is built on the foundation of relationships, experiences, and skills they develop in their first three years of life. With exposure to the First Born Program, infants and toddlers grow into preschoolers with solid social, emotional, language and literacy skills that provide the foundation for later academic success. By investing in newborns at birth, when they begin learning, we believe that we can change the lives of individual children today and for years to come.