Hello PHCP Families!
We would like to share with you some great community, child, and family resources which may be useful for your child and family. Sometimes families need a helping hand with the many challenges that families face, including food security, housing, social services, community centers, youth programs, local counseling opportunities, and more! These programs and services can provide respite, hope, and happiness to you and your family, especially during these trying times. Many programs are free or low cost and can connect you to a world of support. You are not alone.
Additionally, at the end of this newsletter, you will find important information on recalls involving infant/child products.
- Child Find- What is Child Find? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides for the identification and evaluation of students ages 3-21 who are suspected of having a disability. The Child Find program primarily evaluates students ages 2 ½ to 5 years old. Children may be referred by parents, medical personnel, social workers, school employees or others with whom they have direct contact. Children are initially screened and then referred for a multidisciplinary evaluation, if appropriate. The process starts when a referral for screening is made by calling the number listed next to the appropriate school district listed above. School districts are responsible for evaluating any student that lives in their district and is suspected of having a disability, whether or not they are attending a school program within their district. An appointment is made and a Child Find screening is then conducted. Child Find typically offers screenings to pre-school aged children who are suspected of having a delay or impairment in one or more of the following areas: •Speech •Language •Hearing •Concepts/Cognitive Development •Social Emotional Development •Self-Help Skills •Motor Skills •Vision If a child is found eligible for special education services, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team will then develop an individualized program of services to meet the needs of the child. For information, publications, trainings and conferences regarding special education services, contact the following organizations:
• Parents Reaching Out (PRO) at 505-247-0192 or toll free 800-524-5176, website: www.parentsreachingout.org • Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) at 505-797-6630 or toll free 888-499-2070, website: www.epicsnm.org
- Evaluations for ages 3-4 are done through Albuquerque Public Schools- contact info: 505-224-8600 Ext. 22906 Mailing address: P.O. Box 25704 Albuquerque, NM 87125-0704 Contact Diagnostic Technician – There are 3 Diagnostic Centers families may be assigned to for screening: SE/SW, NW or NE.
- UNM Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is connected with Child Find and also offers other programs for autism, clinical evaluations/programs, early childhood at https://hsc.unm.edu/cdd/
- Abrazos Family Support Services supports infants through adults with developmental disabilities and offers services like family infant toddler early intervention, respite care, family living services and applied behavior analysis. Visit https://abrazosnm.org/services/ for more info.
- City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services assists individuals and families in meeting their housing, educational, recreational, health care and other needs. They have information on community centers, youth programs, early childhood education, and housing assistance (including child care, employment services, eviction prevention, meals, and more). Visit https://www.cabq.gov/family for more, or call 505-768-2000 or admin at 505-768-2860.
- The CREI (Community Recreational Initiatives Division) focuses on community centers which offer programs for children, youth and seniors and includes facilities with amenities like gyms, computer labs, etc., youth programs, food/meal programs, jobs and internships, facility usage/rentals, and special events. Visit https://www.cabq.gov/family/crei
- Child and Family Development focuses on early head start programs from 0-3 years and provides child development and family support services. There is also a list of preschool and NM Pre-K Center Locations. They offer:
- High Quality Care and Education
- Home-Based and Center-Based Services
- Parenting Skills
- Home Visiting Available
- Facilitation for Family Self-sufficiency
- Comprehensive Services Including Referrals
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack Provided
- Visit https://www.cabq.gov/family/child-and-family-development for more info.
- Live Well Albuquerque focuses on behavioral health issues, general information on understanding of mental health, and community feedback forms. There are resources such as directories for services, crisis hotlines, and general information on topics such as mental health, depression, and suicide. There are reference pages for mental health and listings of events as well. Visit https://www.cabq.gov/family/live-well-albuquerque for more.
- The City of Rio Rancho also has community services and facilities available. Visit https://www.rrnm.gov/16/Parks-Recreation-and-Community-Services for more info or call 505-891-5015.
- Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) – This department allows anyone to call in an anonymous case of abuse or neglect of a child. They also have adoption, foster care, juvenile justice services and behavior health services. Visit https://cyfd.org/ps-overview or call 1-855-333-SAFE to make a report of abuse and/or neglect.
- New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (NMECECD) – offers information for parents and early childhood professionals. They offer prenatal, infant, toddler, and Pre-K programs. Check eligibility for child care assistance and learn more at https://www.nmececd.org/
- Open Skies Healthcare- offers provides counseling services including personal, family, and marriage counseling. Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS) ages 3-late adulthood, Respite Services ages 3-17, Behavior Management Services (BMS) ages 3-21, and Treatment Foster Care ages 3-17. Phone: (505) 345-8471 Located at:
- 707 Broadway Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
- Website: http://openskieshealthcare.org/default.htm
- 707 Broadway Boulevard NE
- Kassy’s Kause- Brings awareness to perinatal depression (during pregnancy) and provides resources to connect you with therapists, birthing services, visiting programs and community services. Visit https://www.kassyskause.org/resources for more info.
- UNM Postpartum Care- Assistance for new mothers with issues such as breastfeeding, mental health, parenting questions, postpartum recovery, and more. https://unmhealth.org/services/womens-health/maternity/postpartum.html
- Food is Free Albuquerque (FIFABQ) – Food is Free ABQ aims to harness the millions of pounds of private food abundance present within our very own community and distribute it to those forgotten by our current food system. They work with other companies such as Roadrunner Food Bank to distribute food. Visit https://www.fifabq.org/ for more info.
- Roadrunner Food Bank- Roadrunner® Food Bank of New Mexico, a Feeding America member, is the largest non-profit dedicated to solving food insecurity in New Mexico. As a food distribution hub, we provide food to hundreds of affiliated member partners around the state including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and regional food banks. We also distribute food through specialized programs helping children, families and seniors at schools, low-income senior housing sites, senior centers and with and through health care partnerships. Every week 70,000 hungry children, seniors and families are reached through this statewide hunger relief network. We are working together with our partners, volunteers and contributors to end food insecurity and hunger in New Mexico. You can also apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits on their website to receive food assistance. Visit https://www.rrfb.org/find-help/find-food/
- Domestic Violence Resource Center- The Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) is a Trauma-Informed Agency whose main focus is to help victims of domestic violence break the cycle of abuse in their lives. Each department, Advocacy, Case Management, and Counseling are all here to provide resources, guidance, and support to help victims get to safety, become independent, and heal. We are working to change the social norms that contribute to the continuance of violence. Our goal is to help a victim break the cycle of violence and heal in order to have healthy relationships in the future. All services at DVRC, Inc. are free, confidential, and always handled by trained professionals. Address: 625 Silver SW, Suite 190, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: (505) 843-9123. Website: https://dvrcnm.org/
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. You can subscribe to their e-mail alerts for many safety recalls of all sorts on their website here. https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/Subscribe
- Other types of recall subscriptions are available (such as household products and sports equipment), but many families just select “recalls involving infant/child products” to stay informed of things which directly affect their children. Below is a screenshot to see the subscription options.
- Recent Recalls for Children/Infants:
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