FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2023
Free diaper bags filled with baby essentials for the first 100 to register and attend.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department’s (ECECD) announced that its Home Visiting Bureau will host five community baby showers in cities across the state, where families will receive free diaper bags filled with baby essentials. Attendees who participate in the offered demonstrations and enroll in home visiting services will also take home a collapsible canopy wagon. ECECD’s Home Visiting Program, along with Region IX Education Cooperative, will hold events in Espanola, Albuquerque, Roswell, Farmington, and Las Cruces. The baby showers are open to expecting parents or families who have a young baby at home. Attendees must pre-register at nmececd.org/babyshowers.
“We want families to know that the Early Childhood Education and Care Department is here to help support them every step of the way from when they find out they’re welcoming a little one, up until age five,” said ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “Our free Home Visiting program offers exceptional resources and support to new parents and wonderful incentives for participation in the program. If you are a new or expecting parent or caregiver, we can’t wait to meet you at one of our community baby showers so we can equip you with some baby essentials and introduce you to the many benefits of Home Visiting.”
ECECD’s Home Visiting Community Baby Shower events will feature live demonstrations on topics including safe sleep, car seat safety, and breast/chest feeding benefits. Home visiting is a relationship-based program for families who are expecting or have children up to the age of five and is 100% free to New Mexicans regardless of income. Home visitors come to you, in-person, in the convenience and comfort of your home or via telehealth online.
Community baby shower events will give guests more information about home visiting programs including tips for baby’s health and safety, nutritional support, parent self-care, finding childcare facilities, applying for resources, school preparedness for families, and much more. Sometimes raising children does take a village, and home visiting programs offer help and resources, so you don’t have to do it alone. For more information about Home Visiting, and other Early Childhood Services please visit our website, Early Childhood Education & Care Department | Working to ensure that all New Mexican families and young children have equitable access to high-quality early childhood opportunities (nmececd.org)
Upcoming Home Visiting Community Baby Shower dates:
Espanola Baby Shower
Friday, May 12, 2023, from 11-3 p.m.
1 Calle De Las Espanolas, Espanola, NM 87532
Albuquerque Baby Shower
Friday, May 26, 2023, from 11-3 p.m.
Explora, 1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Roswell Baby Shower
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, from 11-3 p.m.
Roswell Convention Center, 912 N Main St, Roswell, NM 88201
Farmington Baby Shower,
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 11 – 3pm
Sycamore Park Community Center, 1051 Sycamore St., Farmington, NM 87401
Las Cruces Baby Shower
Friday, June 16, 2023, from 11-3 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, 2550 Don Roser Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88011
Registration is required to attend and will secure your spot. The first 100 registrants at each site will receive a free diaper bag stocked with diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials. You must be present to receive your free gifts. Registration is now open at nmececd.org/babyshowers.
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.