New Mexico People Places and Ideas
Thu January 3, 2013
Prenatal Health and Early Child Development
Last month we talked with Paul Tough, the author of "How Children Succeed", about scientific studies showing that a baby’s early “attachment” to a parent promotes long term character skills such as perseverance, curiosity, and self-control. These character traits have been shown in randomized trials to lead to success in school and later in life. This month we look at a large, scale Albuquerque program designed to encourage early attachment, develop a baby’s cognitive skills, and promote good health in the mother. In St. Joseph Community Health prenatal to 3 home visiting program, first time pregnant women receive weekly home visits by a trained health educator. The goal is to make sure children reach kindergarten with the health and family support necessary for learning. However, only 3.1% of New Mexico infants on Medicaid receive home visiting services. As our guest, St. Joseph CEO Allen Sanchez will explain, this is why he supports a bill that would extend early childhood home visiting programs to all New Mexico babies through a distribution from New Mexico’s Permanent Fund. So please join host Stephen Spitz and Allen Sanchez, to learn more about St. Joseph’s home visiting program and a proposed Constitutional Amendment to expand early childhood programs state-wide. Produced with the assistance of Joe Green.
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