The La Madrugada Early Head Start (LMEHS) program under Family and Community Services Department's Division of Child and Family Development is an early intervention program for income elibible families with children birth to three years of age. This innovative program offers families home-based early childhood education; enriched center based early childhood education; parenting skills; comprehensive health and social services; counseling; employement assistance; comprehensive services/referrals; and other services needed to promote optimal child development and facilitate family self-sufficiency.
Although the overall poverty rate in the U.S. declined from 2005 to 2006 (U.S. Census, 2007), New Mexico’s and Albuquerque’s poverty rate (i.e., both 22%) (Current Population Survey, 2007) remain unchanged and continue to be higher than the U.S. poverty rate of 18% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008). A high poverty rate in Albuquerque combined with other factors place Albuquerque families and their children at risk for poor outcomes and in need of Early Head Start.
In Fiscal Year 2009 (period ending June 30), the City of Albuquerque LMEHS program served 330 children, 24 pregnant teens, and 18 families with special needs.
Seniors, Families & Children
Program Funding Allocated:
$127,906 (as of 06/30/12)