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First Born Home Visiting Program Comes to Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe Community College announced today the acquisition of the First Born Home Visiting Program, a home visiting educational program for ages prenatal to three. 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. Click to read more…

Home Visiting and Use of Infant Health Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial
PEDIATRICS Volume 139 , number 1 , January 2017
The United States is experiencing the largest expansion of home visiting in its history. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act included a total of $1.5 billion in new funding for home visiting, marking the first recurring federal commitment to home visiting. Click to read more…

First Born program saves costs, builds families
Sun-News editorial board Published 4:41 p.m. MT Jan. 5, 2017
A home visitation program for first-time mothers that was first started in Silver City nearly two decades ago has proven to be effective in reducing medical costs, according to a study released recently by the Rand Corp. Click to read more…

Editorial: ‘First Born’ visits making parenting, financial sense
Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 12:02am
While the study on the New Mexico First Born program relies on a statistically small sample – just 138
newborns – the results could turn the tide not only for New Mexico families and taxpayers, but for their
counterparts across the country. Click to read more…

Home visit program reduces costly medical services for newborns
Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 12:05am
A new evaluation of Silver City’s First Born® program shows positive health outcomes for infants and families. Dr. Becky Kilburn was the lead researcher for the RAND Evaluation results released earlier this week and printed in the January issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics… Click to read more…

First Born ®, Silver City’s Home Grown Program Shines
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Newborns enrolled in a New Mexico home visiting program were significantly less likely to use costly medical services than other children in their first year of life, a new Rand Corp. study reported. Click to read more…

Helping a Toddler That Hits
This is a frustrating stage for the toddler and parents. Here are some tips that we’ve found useful.  Click to read more…

When Children Make Messes
While some parents may balk at the idea of cleaning up a mess after an activity with their kids, it is an essential part of growth. Making messes is an integral part of education and a vital component to teaching children the skills that they need.  Click to read more…

Pre-Schoolers and Praise: What Kinds of Messages Help Kids Grow?
The messages parents and educators convey to preschoolers can help strengthen kids for obstacles throughout life. Click to read more…

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6 Tips For Replacing Screen Time with “Unplugged” Play
American preschoolers spend an average of 4 hours each day watching TV. Click to read more…

Catholic Health Initiatives: St. Joseph’s Children Home Visiting Program Implementation Review
A process review of how well CHI St. Joseph’s Children’s home visitation program demonstrates fidelity to the First Born® model.  The review, completed in May 2015, was conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Social Research. Click to read more…

New Mexico Program Gives First-Time Parents A Place To Turn
Researchers have known for some time that children who experience abuse and neglect will continue to be negatively affected – even as adults. But it’s not always clear how to protect youngsters. A program in New Mexico that may have cracked the code. Click to read more…

How Trauma Affects Child Brain Development

Do Politicians Love Kids?

20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know

How to Choose Great Children’s Books to Support Speech & Language Development 
{Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers}

We know from the plethora of research out there that READING to our children is one of the best things we can do to help develop their language. Read, read, READ! But…are all books created equal?
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Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care (full article)
This 6-part series was designed for primary care practice to help increase understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on health. It provides suggestions for talking with families, identifying ways to prepare the medical home to address ACEs and other traumatic events, and more.

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Lifelong Consequences of Trauma
  • Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Other Types of Trauma in the Primary Care Setting 
  • The Medical Home Approach to Identifying and Responding to Exposure to Trauma 
  • Bring Out the Best in Your Children 
  • When Things Aren’t Perfect: Caring for Yourself and Your Children 
  • Protecting Physician Wellness: Working With Children Affected by Traumatic Events 

This project was funded through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Access the materials at:

Babies whose efforts are praised become more motivated kids, say Stanford researchers 
Psychologists analyze the kind of praise mothers give their 1- to 3-year-old children and find that praising effort, not talent, leads to greater motivation and more positive attitudes toward challenges five years later.

Storytelling for Children
As young kids listen to a storyteller, they’re hearing inflections in speech and learning new words, building memorization skills, and developing an active imagination. Not sure where to begin? Read these 4 helpful tips.

50 of the Best Kids’ Books Published in the Last 25 Years
Little kids may insist you read the same books over and over at bedtime (sometimes more than once in the same night), but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop trying…

Baby Sign Language as an Attachment Tool — Mothering
People who first hear about signing with babies think that it must be difficult to do, that it’s too much to add to a frazzled parent’s busy day.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Amazing Cry of a Newborn

Reading to Your Toddler

Lecturas Para Su Niño

Foods to Avoid in the First Year

Sun Safety


TED Talk: Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic, well before they can talk.

TED Talk: Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma
affects health across a lifetime

“Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species,” says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

TED Talk: Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

“Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species,” says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

TED Talk: Annie Murphy Paul investigates how life in the womb 
shapes who we become.

Conscious Parenting: Shefali Tsabary at TEDxSF (7 Billion Well)

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism: Healthcare Triage #12

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