First Born Symposium


Join us for a week to celebrate home visiting and families with children under 5! EVERYONE is welcome!

Register now to join live or watch session recordings after the event.



Monday – 10:00am – 10:45am What is home visiting?

Home Visiting 101 with the First Born Model Office Team. Get inspired and reconnect to the heart of what home visiting is – outcomes you can expect from home visiting in your community, hearing directly from parents how home visiting has impacted them and their family.

Monday – 4:00pm – 5:00pm Research and Data

With Dr. Rebecca Kilburn, UNM Research Professor

Learn about current home visiting research and outcomes, including emerging research regarding the impact of COVID on home visiting services and family outcomes.

Tuesday – 2:00pm – 2:45pm

With Rebecca Riley, Early Childhood and Home Visiting Consultant

Home Visiting: A Way of Returning Back to Indigenous Family Support

Family traditions, beliefs, and parenting are the foundations for serving specific populations in New Mexico. These beliefs and traditions were in place before home visiting existed. Bringing that perspective into practice and recognizing that families already have these values allows one to become more aware as a provider.

Wednesday – 9:00am – 10:00am

With Anna Marie Garcia, VP of Early Childhood Education, LANL Foundation

Cultural competence requires a caring, respectful relationship with families.  This presentation will examine the impact of using culturally responsive methods in early childhood home visiting services.  It will include information regarding the knowledge base needed on the cultural beliefs, values, customs, traditions and practices of families in our diverse state.   By including families’ cultural attributes, home visitors can assist families in attaining the desired outcomes needed to thrive.

Wednesday – 4:00pm – 4:30pm Home Visitor Wellness

With Tekla Johnson, LCSW, Director, First Born Model Office

Working as a home visitor and early childhood settings can be tiring, especially during COVID. Participants in this session will learn:

  • What is stress
  • Why is it important to pay attention to how you are feeling
  • Three easy-to-implement strategies to counteract feelings of stress and overwhelm

Thursday – 11:00am – 12:00pm Collaboration between the Medical Community and Home Visiting

With Dr. Amy Williams, First Born Model Medical Director

Learn about the benefits of home visiting for doctors with pediatric patients. Dr. Williams will share research on the increased positive health outcomes for children who participate in the First Born Program, as well as from her personal experience as a pediatrician.

Friday – 9:00am – 9:30am Toddler Activity

With Mireya Schumaker, former First Born Home Visitor

Fun toddler activity!

Friday – 2:00pm – 2:45pm Culminating Conversation

With the First Born Model Office Team

This community conversation will bring together everything we’ve discussed over the course of the week. Come with questions, thoughts and ready for conversation.


Anna Marie Garcia

Anna Marie is the Vice President of Early Childhood Education at the LANL Foundation.  Her true passion lies in meaningful collaboration with statewide early childhood partners to strengthen their capacity to support strong children, families and communities through advocacy and education.  She is currently working on an initiative, in partnership with the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, that is strengthening early childhood and family support systems in each of the Eight Northern Pueblos.  Anna Marie previously worked as a private consultant offering training and consultation in a number of early childhood and capacity-building topics.  She has been with the Foundation for over ten years.

Anna Marie has a master’s degree in early childhood/special education and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in early childhood social justice. Along with her three sons, Anna Marie spent a year in the rain forests of Costa Rica consulting in a bilingual school.

Rebecca Riley

Rebecca Riley is a citizen of the Pueblo of Acoma, mother of three children and resides with her partner in Albuquerque with their blended family of seven.­ She currently works as a facilitator and consultant with various local and state early childhood education groups in which she draws from her direct experience as a parent recipient of early childhood services in early intervention and child care, her Acoma traditional upbringing, and formal training working for programs like Tribal Home Visiting over the past decade. She has dedicated herself to improving the quality of home visiting and other early childhood education services with Native American families. Ms. Riley received her degree from the University of New Mexico in Community Health Education with a minor in Native American Studies. Today, her passion continues to develop through mindful, responsive, equitable and inclusive practices that are reflective of family and community goals. She continues to participate on various advisory councils and committees at both local, state and national levels that recently include the City of Albuquerque Commission of AI/AN Affairs and the NM Maternal Mortality Review Committee.

Amy Williams, MD

Amy Williams, MD, Medical Director, a native of New Mexico, Dr. Williams has been practicing pediatrics for the past 11 years. She has worked in Africa, Alaska, Utah and finally returned home to New Mexico in 2017. Dr. Williams is passionate about providing care to underserved areas, and is excited to support First Born with their program. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her husband and 2 dogs.

Rebecca Kilburn

M. Rebecca Kilburn is a Research Professor at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of New Mexico.  Prior to joining the PRC in 2021, she was an economist at the RAND Corporation for 28 years.  Dr. Kilburn has led studies on home visiting that have examined both program implementation and effectiveness, and these studies have employed a range of methods, including randomized trials and benefit-cost analysis.  She has studied programs in a variety of settings, ranging from Los Angeles County to Taos Pueblo, and she has synthesized data from evaluations across the entire country.  Dr. Kilburn has conducted implementation and impact analysis on the First Born® Program, and she is currently analyzing data from the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department on virtual home visits during COVID.  In addition to publishing reports, journal articles and toolkits about home visiting, she has also made numerous presentations to home visiting stakeholders, including being the keynote speaker at the MIECHV Regional meetings and testifying on MIECHV reauthorization before the House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Human Resources. Dr. Kilburn holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.