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Jardin de los Niños Receives Grant From BCBSNM to Support Infant Mental Health Program

ALBUQUERQUE — Jardin de los Niños announced that it received a $25,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s (BCBSNM) Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. The grant supports Jardin de los Niños’ Flourishing Families Infant Mental Health and Wellness Program, which provides direct therapy services to homeless and near-homeless children and their families to address trauma. The grant also supports an anti-hunger component that provides healthy and nutritious meals to address food insecurity. 

Jardin’s Flourishing Families Infant Mental Health and Wellness Program serves as a preventative approach to address trauma from a holistic, strengths-based service delivery model. This program provides direct treatment, prevention and intervention to support developmental milestones, basic needs, social and emotional behavioral development, and well-being of homeless and near-homeless children and their families. Jardin is designated as a trauma-informed care center by the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health. This program serves to advance the health, safety and well-being of homeless and near-homeless, abused and neglected children and their families while also strengthening, stabilizing and minimizing the effects of homelessness on children. The grant also supports the anti-hunger initiative to purchase groceries and provide weekly nutritional food baskets to 45-80 families. Preventing food insecurity can help lessen the negative impacts homelessness has on children’s ability to thrive and succeed.

“Jardin supports families from a trauma-informed approach with the goal of impacting generational poverty by meeting the basic needs of the families while minimizing trauma and adverse childhood experiences in the children’s lives,” said Dr. Michelle Adames, CEO of Jardin de los Niños.

“We are proud to support Jardin de los Niños with this very important initiative,” said Janice Torrez, BCBSNM president. “Their continued support is making a significant difference in the lives of those children and their families experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness.”

Jardin de los Niños’ commitment to creating new possibilities for homeless and near-homeless children and their families through loving child care, education and community resources aligns with the vision of Healthy Kids, Healthy Families to improve the health of children and their families across New Mexico.

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About Jardin de los Niños
Jardin de los Niños is a non-profit organization with a Five-Star early childhood educational program certified by the FOCUS Program of New Mexico. Jardin de los Niños has served the Las Cruces community since 1995. Jardin is designated as a Trauma-Informed Care Center by the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health. We provide early childhood education, therapeutic intervention, and comprehensive services to homeless and near-homeless children, from the ages of six weeks to 10 years, and their families.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is one of the largest commercial health insurers in New Mexico with more than 680,000 New Mexicans carrying a Blue Cross and Blue Shield card. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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