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Cuidando Los Ninos Inc

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Po Box 12786 Albuquerque NM 87195 USA


To provide high quality trauma informed, strengths based early childhood education and therapeutic services to address the unique needs of children experiencing homelessness; to provide support services that assist families to become re-housed and more resilient; to be a community leader and advocate for social change to end child homelessness in our community.


Early childhood education services: clnkids provides early childhood education for children six weeks to five years of age whose families are experiencing homelessness at the time of enrollment. The program is rated five-star by the nm children youth and families department and is nationally accredited by the national association for the education of young children (naeyc). The agency is open from 7:00 a. M. To 5:30 p. M. Monday through friday. The curriculum is experience-based and structured to support physical, socio-emotional, intellectual and language development with ongoing screenings. Children are fed a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack through the day. Immunizations are kept up to date with the assistance of a public health clinic once/month. Transportation is provided daily to approximately half the children whose parents do not have cars. 106 children were enrolled in the program through fy2015.

family support services: family case managers work with parents to develop, resource and track accomplishment of family goals. The areas of safe sustainable housing and income support receive immediate attention along with physical and behavioral health needs and education and training programs. Parents who are not enrolled in training or education programs and not working attend a weekly two-hour parent education class. The classes emphasize goals with the themes of parenting skills, wellness and nutrition and life skills. Further, a lsw therapist works regularly with staff, families and in play therapy with children. 71 families were served during the fiscal year. Of families who completed the program, 65% achieved transitional or permanent housing; 41% of all families achieved housing by the time of exit. In addition 21% of the families returned to live with other family members after stabilizing/reconciliation work. The program length is one year from entry date.

advocacy services and capacity building: clnkids is a strong advocate for the social changes to end family and child homelessness and endorses high quality early childhood education (ece) for all children. To those ends, staff represent the agency in several city-wide, metro albuquerque and nm coalitions in the areas of housing and ece. Food sustainability and living wages are also issue areas with which staff have engaged. W. K. Kellogg foundation funded a four-year program to document the agency's practices, update research and train staff of agencies working with the same/similar population to enhance the effectiveness of their work in trauma informed, strengths based programming.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered with this organization, and I would like to report that they truly care about their mission. They are passionate about helping families experiencing homelessness, and their services really make a difference. A+

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The success rate of families remaining in homes after thier bout with homelessness. This organization really helps.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do exactly the same as they are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing their really do make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more support to those in need.

Ways to make it better...


In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economic downturn. More homeless and less funding.

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Cuidando Los Ninos is awesome.

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