Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR) located in Albuquerque, NM has recently received a $670,000 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to continue to provide Home Visiting services to Native American prenatal families and families with young children between the ages of 0 and 5 years of age in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Cibola counties.
NAPPR, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving over 700 Native and Non-Native families and children in urban and rural areas of New Mexico with early childhood and other support programs in 4 counties including southern Colorado and El Paso, TX. Founded in 1981, the organization has helped hundreds of local families and caregivers through its’ wide range of program services of Early Intervention, Early Head Start, Little Scholar’s Academy child care, Tribal Home Visiting, and Dental Support Center.
For the past 5 years, NAPPR’s Tribal Home Visiting has delivered, through highly-trained staff called “Home Visitors,” in-home parenting support, helped caregivers identify risk for delays of young children, achieve caregiver economic stability and higher education, foster school readiness, improve maternal and child mental health outcomes and enhance family well-being in a culturally responsive environment and now plans to continue to do so for another 5 years.
Rebecca Riley, Program Director of Tribal Home Visiting shares “whether you are expecting your first baby or your third baby, parenting can be hard. Each child has different needs, and we don’t always have the answers or the right information, this is where Home Visitors can help, we all benefit when we have someone we can talk to.” “Tribal Home Visiting is a needed and wonderful service for Native American families and their children, especially when addressing issues like domestic violence, maternal and partner depression, poverty, child abuse and neglect, and other health disparities, programs like this can help” said Chief Executive Officer, Michael A. Rivera.
With $68.3 million awarded to date, the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) program has provided grants to tribal and urban organizations since 2010 to provide home visiting programs in Native communities. According to a recent press release by ACF in the past year, grantees provided nearly 18,000 home visits to 1,800 caregivers and over 1,700 children enrolled in services. In collaboration with grantees, ACF aims to develop and strengthen the health and well-being of Native communities and families, expand the knowledge around home visiting programs in tribal communities, and support and strengthen collaboration between programs servicing Native American children and families. Please visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/home-visiting/tribal-home-visiting for more information.
NAPPR, Inc.’s vision is “Healthy Families, Strong Communities,” with a mission to empower, provide education and support to build up children and families. NAPPR, Inc. is accepting donations to fund all future early childhood programs. For more information on NAPPR, Inc., Tribal Home Visiting or how you can support its community efforts, please visit www.nappr.org or call the main office at (505)-345-6289.