The Paso a Paso Network brings together organizations in Taos County which serve families with children prenatal to 8 years old.
Network members are health, education and social service organizations in Taos and the surrounding areas. Paso a Paso bridges the gap between these organizations, allowing them to work together to bring Taos families the best possible care when it counts the most.
Children in Taos County will live in an environment that promotes optimum health and development, with parents who are able to support, guide and advocate for them in a culture of community collaboration.
Casa de Corazon has served Taos and Rio Arriba counties for over 20 years. Casa has seen many changes over the years but has remained a strong support for children and families. In 2009 Casa merged with Easter Seals El Mirador, one of the largest Developmental Disability providers in New Mexico. Casa continues to grow and in September, Easter Seals El Mirador-Casa de Corazon will merge with SOY in Raton, NM.
Casa currently provides individual, group and family therapy, case coordination, art and play therapy, neurofeedback, EMDR, EFT, Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) for substance abuse, and live psychiatric services that include medication management. Casa also provides Behavioral Management Services, which is a one-to-one service for children in the school, home and community. Casa is also one of the largest Treatment Foster Care programs in Northern New Mexico.
Casa boasts a highly trained therapeutic staff that specializes in trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse, gang prevention, sexuality, grief & loss, divorce, and issues around school and learning. Our “Peak Performance” program works with children in the school to achieve their utmost on a personal, social and academic level.
It is Casa’s goal to provide individualized, family-centered, evidence and strength based supports to assist children and families in discovering their own strength and resiliency. Casa works with children 3-21 and their families.
To make a referral or to learn more about Casa de Corazon, please call 575-751-7037.
You can follow Casa on Facebook at www.facebook/supportforkidsandfamilies
National Center for Social Entrepreneurs Presents
PRESENTER: Pamela Chavez
Regional Facilitator – National Center for Social Entrepreneurs
Owner – Collaboration$ Consulting
Hosted by Northern NM Birth Center
PRE-WORKSHOP: 3 outcomes focused questions sent to registrants, answers returned before workshop, summary presented/discussed at workshop
8:00-8:30 Registration, Social, Refreshments
8:30-8:45 Introductions, Overview
8:45-9:15 Assembling the Tool Box
3-5 year Agency VISION, Top Outcome Priorities & $ Goals
9:15-10:15 Heavy Hitter Tools:
PLIERS: Grab Potential STAKEHOLDERS & Donors
HAMMER: Get their Attention with MARKETING skills
WRENCH: Connect them with FUNDRAISING techniques that give more board/staff ways to get involved with FR!
10:30-11:30 Basic Social Enterprise Skills for increasing Agency Funds
Social Enterprise SWOT Analysis - Agency Asset Inventory
Diverse Fundraising Brainstorming & Refinement
Enterprise Team Development – your “on call” resources!
11:30-12:00 Next Steps:
Action Items and Resources to use “Enterprising Fundraising Tools & Skills” to strengthen outcomes for YOUR agency
Special thanks to our NCSE Sustainable Corporate Donors for funding support
Wells Fargo, PNM, FHL Foundation, Don Chalmers Ford,
French Family of Companies, Bank of Albuquerque
Holy Cross Hospital’s For the Health of It! 5K Walk/Run & Be Your Best U Wellness Expo is a morning of healthy activity, learning and celebration for health and wellness.
Bike Safety Clinic offered by Field Institute of Taos
Child Development Fair offered by Paso a Paso Network
Ambulance and Firetruck tours
Car seat safety checks offered by Kiwanis Club and NM State Police
Eye Screenings offered by the Lions Club
Remind your friends and family with children under 5 years old to come and see us for developmental screenings!
For mor information on why developmental screening is important click here.
For more information and other activitie or to registar for the 5K walk click here.
Paso a Paso network and UNM Taos Early Childhood Resource Center
These American Red Cross sessions will cover CPR, First Aid, and the use of a defibrillator. Participants with a current CPR/First Aid/AED certification may be eligible for a half day session and reduced fee. Ask about our reduced Paso Member Rate!
Saturday March 31st, 2012, 9AM-2:30PM
Friday June 22nd, 2012, 9AM-2:30PM
At Early Childhood Resource Cente r 1335 Gusdorf St. Suite Q
Pre-Registration with ECRC is required and fee for the class is due when you register.
CPR/First Aid/AED Training $40
Renewal Only $30
Paso a Paso Special Rates (Available to members and clients of Paso Organizations)
CPR/First Aid/AED Training $27
Renewal Only $19
For more information please call the UNM Taos Early Childhood Resource Center: (575)758-1395
Join us for our annual celebration: Food, families & fun. Bring the kiddos!
Wednesday, February 29, 11:00 am
UNM-Taos Early Childhood Resource Center, 1335 Gusdorf Rd, Suite Q
Starting a family is an exciting and joyous time, filled with possibility and promise. From the time that you find out you are expecting a little one you experience many different emotions, flutters of excitement, and, probably, a lot of questions. And as your child and family grow and change there will be many experiences that are new, exciting, and sometimes con fusing.
Taos First Steps, a program of Holy Cross Hospital, has been here to share these experiences since 2007, serving 285 families in Taos and Western Colfax counties. First Steps provides new parents within formation, support, and access to resources in our community that will help your child (and family!) grow up strong and healthy.
Feb 29th 2012 marks Taos First Steps 5th Birthday and we are proud of the kids and their parents who have made the journey through pregnancy, birth, infancy, and toddlerhood with us.
Parents who have participated in our program have said:
"I have learned so much and reached some goals I set
"This is the best thing for a new parent! It should go on till the kids are 5 or 18!
"They help you with the things you need help with.'
And one parent simply commented, "AWESOME!'
Taos First Steps is a program for first-time parents, starting in the prenatal period until your child turns three. It's free. It's fun.
Visit our website to find out more: www.taosfirststeps.org.
Call us at 751-3652. Or come to our 5th Birthday Party and meet the First Steps Staff and Families!
February is children’s oral health month. The month is dedicated to promoting good oral health, overall health and improving access to care. Children aged 0 to 3 years experience early childhood caries or commonly known as baby bottle tooth decay (BBTD). BBTD is preventable, infectious disease caused by certain types of bacteria that live in the mouth. Bacteria stick to the film on your teeth called plaque. Bacteria feed on what is eaten especially sugars and starches. Children who snack frequently have high levels of bacteria and children who go to sleep with a bottle containing anything other than water are more likely to experience early childhood carries. When a child is born they do not have the bacteria but are infected with it at an early age from their caregiver primarily mom. If mom has experienced tooth decay then the bacteria is present. Caregivers with untreated tooth decay will pass on the bacteria to the child. Bacteria are usually passed on through saliva and can occur before the first tooth appears. Many parents do not realize for a child this age nutritious food such as milk, formula, beast milk and fruit juice have naturally occurring sugars that contribute to the decay process. One cannot stop providing your child with nutritious food but once can regulate when and how often a child is exposed to “sugar hits”.
Tips to prevent early child hood caries: limit snacking between meals, if a bottle is needed use only tap water, avoid sharing spoons and forks with child, use water to clean pacifier rather than mom cleaning it in her mouth, wipe baby’s teeth/gums with a damp washcloth at least twice per day and when baby is done eating especially under the lip, stick to a schedule that limits snacking, and most important take your child to a dentist by the age of one. Ask your pediatrician to also examine your child’s mouth as part of their overall health care. Caregivers should also see a dentist on a regular basis.
For further information contact the Office of Oral Health at (505) 827-0837.
Join us at Los Angelitos on February 11 from 9:00 to noon for the first Child Development Fair of 2012!. The Development Fair is a great, free opportunity to helps parents identify their children’s strengths in many areas of their development. Meet the people in Taos who are working to help our youngest citizens grow up happy, healthy, and safe!
Activities at the Fair will educate parents about their children’s:
Vision. Come out and have your child’s eyesight screened. Healthy eyes are an essential part of your child's development.
Hearing. You can also have your child’s hearing screened at the event.
Communication. Talk about the sounds and words a child makes, and learn about his ability to communicate with others. As your child begins to understand what you say, it's important that you know how to support and respond to him as he communicates back!
Large Muscle Control. From crawling to walking to running and jumping, your child is about to experience a whole world of movement in a very short amount of time. Learn what to look for as her muscles begin to develop.
Small muscle control. Perhaps you have a young artist or musician on your hands; we'll help you understand the foundation of eye-hand coordination and early motor development.
Problem-solving. Playtime is much more important than you might think; learn how to promote thinking, remembering and reasoning.
Personal-social. Start here now to help your child build loving, strong relationships; remember, the first five years are crucial to brain development.
Any questions? Please contact Andrea Kyte at Los Angelitos 575-758-4274, ext 1-21
There will be Fun Toddler Play activities too!
This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR).
This video offers a consistent way to describe the outcome areas across programs and states. It can be used to provide an overview to the three outcomes for professional development and training, orienting families, and introducing the outcomes to other constituents such as policymakers or funders. The video explains functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in the community, and in other places like a child care program or preschool.
The video was produced and sponsored by:
Edelman, L. (Producer). (2011). Child Outcomes Step By Step (Video). Published collaboratively by Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education; Desired Results access Project, Napa County Office of Education; and Early Childhood Outcomes Center. Funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division; the Early Childhood Outcomes Center; and the Office of Special Education Programs.
To watch the video and learn more, go to www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/pages/videos.cfm
The Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center provides national leadership in assisting states with the implementation of high-quality outcome systems for early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs.
Their website provides up-to-date information and resources for state and local administrators, technical assistance providers, teachers, other direct service providers, and families.
Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - Retrieved December 1, 2011
For assistance with early intervention and early childhood special education (Part C) in Taos, NM contact:
EnSueños y Los Angelitos Development Center
575.758.4274 EXT. 21
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Location: 1030 Salazar Rd. Taos NM, 87514
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30pm
For assistance with preschool special education, 4yr and up (Part B/619), in Taos, NM contact:
Taos Municipal Schools, Exceptional Programs
213 Paseo del Canon
Taos, NM 87571
FRANK MULHOLLAND - Daily Union Managing Editor
The month of October is the National Bullying Prevention Month and bullying prevention advocates are calling for a social movement to address the catastrophic effects of bullying.
More than 160,000 kids miss school every day out of fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Kids who are bullied are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders that don’t just go away at the end of the school year. Doctors say the effects of bullying can last a lifetime. In some cases, bullying can even lead to suicide.
“When kids are bullied, they really remember it,” said Dr. Barry Garfinel, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Center for Developmental Psychopharmacology in Minneapolis. “It results in this excessive caution and fear they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Rather than being excited about life, they are burdened with this anxiety that there are people who will hurt them emotionally and even physically.”
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is encouraging people across the country to take action if they witness an act of bullying. This is especially important for students. More than 55 percent of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes.
With so many students affected by bullying, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center wants to help parents understand what they can do if their children are being bullied at school. Parents are encouraged to work with their children, believe what they are saying, be supportive yet patient, educate their children about bullying, and discuss ways to deal with bullying. Free resources at PACER.org/bullying can help parents do this, including TeensAgainstBullying.org and KidsAgainstBullying.org, websites created specifically for elementary-aged children and teens.
“Accept your children for who they are and get involved in their lives,” suggests Tammy Aaberg, whose son Justin committed suicide after being bullied. “If you notice signs that they’re acting differently, ask them how things are going at school. They will probably not want to open up at first, but if you have a feeling in your gut that something is wrong, show them you care by asking questions.”
To read the rest of this article go to: October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm
Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same the person over and over by the same person or group
Verbal: name-calling, teasing
Social:spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others
For more information and resources to help prevent bullying check out these links:
Help your child – and your whole family – eat healthy and stay physically active. The healthy habits your child learns now can last a lifetime.
What can I do to help my child stay at a healthy weight?
Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical activity. Two of the best ways to prevent overweight and obesity in your child are to eat healthier foods and move more as a family.
Parents are often the most important role models for children. When you eat right and are physically active, your child will be more likely to make these choices, too. Plus, getting active and eating healthy as a family will help you spend more quality time together.
Put at least 1 hour of physical activity into your child’s day.
It doesn’t have to be 60 minutes all at once – it can be shorter activities that add up to 1 hour. Fun activities that children do on their own are best. For example, playing tag is a great way to get moving.
Be sure your child is doing different types of activity, including:
• Aerobic activities, like running, skipping, or dancing
• Muscle-strengthening activities, like climbing trees or playground equipment
• Bone-strengthening activities, like jumping rope or playing basketball
Limit screen time.
Keep inactive (sitting down) screen time to 2 hours or less a day for kids age 2 and older. Exercise TV shows or video games where your child moves around are a better choice than inactive screen time, but most of them do not count as physical activity time.
• Set clear rules about when and how long your child can watch TV, use the computer, and play video games.
• Keep the TV out of your child’s room.
Start the day with a good breakfast.
Skipping breakfast can make your child hungry and tired, and it may lead them to snack on junk food later in the day. Give your kids whole-grain cereal with fat-free milk and fruit instead of sugary cereal.
Make healthy snacks.
Snacks give kids important nutrients and help control hunger between meals.
Sit at the table and eat together as a family.
When families eat together, children eat more vegetables and fruits and less junk food. Plan healthy, affordable meals and enjoy them as a family. Let children help pick out healthy foods, prepare meals, and set the table.
Shop, cook, and plan for healthy meals.
Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole grain foods. Here are some tips and ideas:
• Make a shopping list with healthy foods [PDF - 285 KB].
• Read the nutrition label on packages to help you make healthy choices.
• Let your child pick out healthy foods to try.
• Give children age 2 and older fat-free or low-fat milk or water instead of soda or juice. Children under age 2 can drink whole milk.
• Get tips on how to lower the calories and fat in family meals and snacks.
• Help children know when they’ve had enough. Give your kids a chance to stop eating when they feel full.
Get more tips for smart food shopping.
You can be a role model for your child by making smart food choices. Plus, a healthy diet can help protect you from heart disease, some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Make sure your child gets enough sleep.
If kids don’t get enough sleep, they are at higher risk of being overweight or obese.
• Teens need at least 9 hours of sleep each night.
• School-aged and preschool children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep.
• Newborns sleep between 16 and 18 hours a day.
Set a bedtime schedule and remind your child when it’s time to get ready for bed. Get more tips on helping your child get enough sleep.
healthfinder.gov is sponsored by the National Health Information Center
The Family Health Initiative(FHI) is a collaborative project between the Holy Cross Hospital Peñasco Rural Health Clinic, its program, the SPOT Community Health Center, El Centro Family Health, Peñasco Independent School District and the Pueblo of Picuris. The FHI focuses on strengthening families with young children in the Peñasco area. Thus far the FHI has succeeded in reaching out to over 40 families, and has engaged 19 of them in community events, and projects. These families are being followed up with by the Rural Clinics Community Health Workers, who will help families identify their needs and plans to address those challenges most pressing.
Other work of the FHI has included formal agreements with the core partners, forming a community advisory board with core partners, families and community members, developing a project proposal process for community needs, and tie-in with the new electronic medical records Athena program.
The monthly Peñasco Valley Birthday Club Party will be on Saturday, August 6th 11am-1pm at the Presbyterian Parish Hall In Peñasco for children 8 years and younger and their families.
Art for the Heart in collaboration with FHI presents, Creative Family Fun. Kids 2-8 bring their favorite adult for storytelling, creative play and crafts from 10-12:30 at Art for the Heart Studio in Peñasco. Free, and a healthy snack is provided. Saturdays, August 13 and 27.
for more info call 575.587.2690
Here are some tips for being safe while you are having fun in the sun this summer. Remember that in high altitudes like Taos the air is drier and the ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger.
1) Avoid the Strongest Rays of the Day
First, seek shade when the sun is at its highest overhead and therefore strongest (usually 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.). If kids must be in the sun between these hours, be sure to apply and reapply protective sunscreen — even if they're just playing in the backyard.
2) Cover Up
Because infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, their skin burns more easily than that of older kids. But sunscreen should not be applied to babies under 6 months of age, so they absolutely must be kept out of the sun whenever possible. If your infant must be in the sun, dress him or her in clothing that covers the body, including hats with wide brims to shadow the face. Use an umbrella to create shade.
Even older kids need to escape the sun. For all-day outdoor affairs, bring along a wide umbrella or a pop-up tent to play in. If it's not too hot outside and won't make kids even more uncomfortable, have them wear light long-sleeved shirts and/or long pants.
3) Use Sunscreen
Kids age 6 months and older can wear sunblock. There are lots of good sunscreens are available for kids, and easy-application varieties in spray bottles.
4)Sunglasses for Kids
Sun exposure damages the eyes as well as the skin. The best way to protect eyes is to wear sunglasses, But not all kids enjoy wearing sunglasses, especially the first few times. To encourage them to wear them, let kids select a style they like, and make sure that the sunglasses say that they provide 100% UV protection
Some medications increase the skin's sensitivity to UV rays. As a result, even kids with skin that tends not to burn easily can develop a severe sunburn in just minutes when taking certain medications.
5)If Your Child Gets a Sunburn
When kids get sunburned, they usually experience pain and a sensation of heat — symptoms that tend to become more severe several hours after sun exposure. Some also develop chills. Because the sun has dried their skin, it can become itchy and tight. Sunburned skin begins to peel about a week after the sunburn. Encourage your child not to scratch or peel skin because skin underneath the sunburn is vulnerable to infection.
If your child does get a sunburn, these tips may help:
• Have your child take a cool (not cold) bath, or gently apply cool, wet compresses to the skin to help alleviate pain and heat.
• To ease discomfort, apply pure aloe vera gel (available in most pharmacies) to any sunburned areas.
• Apply topical moisturizing cream to rehydrate the skin and treat itching. For the more seriously sunburned areas, apply a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream to help with pain. (Do not use petroleum-based products, because they prevent excess heat and sweat from escaping. Also, avoid first-aid products that contain benzocaine, which may cause skin irritation or allergy.)
If the sunburn is severe and blisters develop, call your doctor Keep your child in the shade until the sunburn is healed. Any additional sun exposure will only increase the severity of the burn and increase pain.
For more info visit Kids Health by clicking here
Home Safety for Young Children
As young children grow older, they begin to explore their surroundings more and more. Parents can guard against possible dangers by conducting a home safety evaluation from the child's point of view.
An active child naturally climbs, crawls and explores, parents need to take precautions to make sure curious children avoid common home injuries. The Home Safety Council recommends that parents look at each room from their child's eye level.
Use these tips to make homes safer for young, curious children.
Making exercise a priority is a challenge for everyone. And for parents it can be especially difficult to find time to workout because of the full plates that they often juggle, but with a little planning you can find ways to incorporate workouts into the time you spend with your children. Here are a few ideas...
Age: Infant through pre-school
* Grab your stroller and go for a brisk walk
* For younger children, you can use a back carrier to transport them while walking. This can burn even more calories as the extra weight makes it more challenging.
* Turn on some music and dance together. Toddlers love dancing, especially when their parents joins in.
* Push your kid on a swing. And, after every push complete one squat.
Age: Grade School
* Try rollerblading or skating together.
* Spend an afternoon at a park with a playground, but don’t spend the whole time relaxing on the sidelines – join in on the fun. Spend some time swinging to help workout your legs. Try making it across the monkey bars – even just once (it’s a great upper body workout and you’ll be amazed that your kid does it with such little ease). Try some pull-ups using a bar on the playset. Do some tricep dips on a nearby park bench.
* Play catch with a ball or get a small group together for a kickball or softball game.
Follow these links to find out about places in town to get some exercise with your kids...
Parents and providers are invited to join Paso a Paso to learn more about the Love and Logic parenting program.
Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences.
Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents and teachers have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids.
The upcoming classes will help you find answers to:
- “How to handle disruptions during meal times?”
- “How to get children to stay in their own bed?”
- “How to end temper tantrums?”
- “Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?”
- “How to get children up and about in the mornings?”
- “How to stop whining and bickering?”
And many other day-to-day parenting challenges…
This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!
March is National Nutrition Month! National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The theme for 2011's Nutrition month is "Eat Right with Color. "The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. source
March 7-12 is National School Breakfast Week.
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme - this year it is School Breakfast Detectives. source
The St. James Episcopal Church's Food Pantry is one of the programs in Taos that focus on nutrition for families and community members. On Mondays, mid-day, volunteers work a sort of assembly line, preparing the bags of food to be distributed. On Thursday afternoons, volunteers distribute the food. A special team of strong-backed people pick up and unload perishable groceries earlier that day. To volunteer or for more information please visit their website
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.
Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
On Friday, February 4th from 8am to 5pm, children ages 18 months to 15 years old can get a FREE dental cleaning and exam as part of the National Give Kids A Smile Day. This free service will be available at the Northern NM Center for Cosmetic Dentistry (1337 Gusdorf Rd, Ste A). To schedule an appointment call Dr. Kellie Harris' office at 751-9661. Spaces fill up quickly.
Whether you're a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom and coloring and activity sheets that can be used as handouts. There are also booklets, videos and other materials available for purchase through the ADA Catalog www.ada.org.