Mental health is a key component in a child's healthy development; children need to be healthy in order to learn, grow, and lead productive lives. In conjunction with National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (May 6, 2010), NM Project LAUNCH produced a book for Pre-K and Head Start children about feelings.
By linking with public/private partners and other early childhood collaborative efforts, the First Five Years Fund video "Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything" was edited to be specific for a New Mexico audience. The DVD emphasizes the importance of investing in early childhood development to positively affect the health and well-being of children. To view the video go to
An environmental scan focused on services and programs serving the population from birth to age eight was created in early 2009. The emphasis was placed on agencies and programs in public as well as the private sector whose work relates to the objectives and performance measures of Project LAUNCH.
Methods used in this scan included:
The information collected has been categorized into the following six categoires:
Since the award of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant, a representative group of early childhood stakeholders and multi-agency state personnel in New Mexico have been working toward creating a comprehensive Early Childhood Strategic Plan. In the spring of 2009 the plan was presented to the New Mexico Cabinet Secretaries of the Departments of Health; Children, Youth and Families; Public Education; and Human Services for their consideration of endorsement. Broad in its vision and goals, the plan allows for each Department to select the goals that are appropriate for individual programs and create objectives and strategies to carry out the goal, remain consistent with the plan, and ultimately reach an integrated vision for Health, Development, Early Learning, Investment, Public Engagement, Family Friendly Communities and Services, and Family Engagement for New Mexico’s children.
The 2009-2012 New Mexico Early Childhood Comprehensive State Systems Strategic Plan, Visions and Goals was endorsed by the NM Health and Human Services Cabient Secretaries.
June 3, 2010 Envision NM Telehealth presentation by
Sherri L. Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E
Attached is the presentation by Dr. Sherri Alderman, Developmental Pediatrician, Pediatric Development & Rehabilitation, The Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Portland, Oregon.
For the 2012 New Mexico Children's Cabinet Report Card and Budget, go to http://childrenscabinetnm.org/.
A critical component of children's readiness for school is ensuring that they achieve optimal development prior to entering kindergarten. Developmental screenings are a key strategy for early identification and treatment of developmental delays related to cognitive, communicative, physical, behavior or social-emotional development.