FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2023
Episode spotlights the #1 nationally ranked Family Infant Toddler Program
Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD) released episode three of the informative online series, The Early Show with Alax. The episode delves into the complexities of child growth and spotlights ECECD’s highly acclaimed Family Infant Toddler Program (FIT).
“The first three years of life create the foundation for lifelong learning,” said ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “It is important to make the most of these years, including intervening early to support children with developmental delays or disabilities. That’s why episode three of the Early Show focuses on the support we have for families in New Mexico to ensure their children’s healthy growth.”
In episode three, “Growing,” Alax sits down with Haily, a mother of two and childcare researcher. Hailey shares her insights on helping children in their formative growth years, focusing on techniques like “serve and return,” which helps to build social and language skills. Parents and caregivers use methods like this to help their children reach significant developmental milestones.
The episode also features Camila and Isa, a New Mexico mom and daughter, and Mi’raj, a FIT provider.
New Mexico’s early childhood intervention services, or FIT, offers free resources and services for parents of children 0-3 who may have questions or concerns about their child’s development. FIT is free to New Mexicans no matter income or immigration status.
The episode three and other past episodes are available at TheEarlyShow.org. To date, the series has over one million views on Youtube.
In partnership with ECECD, The Early Show with Alax is produced by an award-winning creative team composed of MediaDesk and Film Nest Studios. Santa Fe-based puppeteer Devon Hawkes Ludlow performs Alax.
The Early Show with Alax is a part of Moments Together, ECECD’s inaugural public campaign that connects parents and caregivers with useful resources, information and programs. The Moments Together campaign has previously received international acclaim for its use of creativity and effectiveness.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham launched the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) in 2020, making New Mexico among the first states to consolidate all early childhood programs and services under a single cabinet-level agency. Under this administration, ECECD has led the nation by expanding access to free New Mexico PreK, overseeing the largest investment in early childhood infrastructure in state history, and implementing cost-free child care for a majority of New Mexico families. Learn more about how ECECD supports children, families, and the early childhood professionals that serve our communities at nmececd.org. On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as @NewMexicoECECD.