Beginning in 2006, LANL Foundation partnered with the First Born® Program—created by Vicki Johnson in Silver City, NM—to provide universal home visiting services for first-time parents. The program builds capacity and skills that support the healthy educational, emotional, and physical development of their child.
LANL Foundation helped replicate the First Born model, and as a result, nine additional programs were created that serve 16 counties, most of which receive New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) state funding.
In 2015, the Foundation took final steps to assist the Northwest program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to function on its own and leverage funds from CYFD, Navajo Nation-Growing in Beauty Program, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and other private funders to support service delivery to families in San Juan and McKinley Counties, including Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation.
Today, LANL Foundation has changed its focus from direct program management to broader home visiting strategy support. LANL Foundation continues to offer program technical assistance in an effort to build infrastructure, support professional development opportunities, and encourage managers to gather and share ideas, best practices, and training.