New Mexico People Places and Ideas
2:43 pm
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.

Stephen Spitz and Allen Sanchez discuss prenatal health and early childhood development.