On February 6th and 7th YDI Head Start was honored to welcome Howard Glasser to Albuquerque for two trainings on Awakening the Greatness in Children Transforming Intensity to Immensity Through the Nurtured Heart Approach®
Howard Glasser, the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach® and Founder of the Children’s Success Foundation, has been a featured guest on CNN, a consultant for 48 Hours, and has consulted for numerous psychiatric, judicial, and educational programs. Howard is the author of 8 books including Transforming the Difficult Child, currently the top-selling book on ADHD.
These trainings were open to YDI staff, Head Start parents and community members. Over 180 people attended.
YDI has been selected as a recipient of the Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnership Grant. The award is from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to provide 80 Early Head Start opportunities for infants and toddlers 6 weeks to 3 years old. The grant calls for a partnership between private child care centers and YDI. The purpose of the grant is to collaborate and train private providers on high quality Early Head Services. The grant award is for $1,551,325.
YDI has selected wonderful partners with St. Marks’s in the Valley (Tory Pruitt, Center Director and First Fruits Academy (Pastor Dennis Dunn and Laverne Dunn, Center Director). These are the individuals who are vested in the community and want to serve infants, toddlers and families using the high quality standards of the Early Head Start model. In our opinion, Head Start is the best and most comprehensive child development program in the country!
Both Senator Tom Udall and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham called to congratulate Youth Development, Inc. on this award. The following reflects quotes from both of them.
"Congratulations to the Youth Development Inc. for their new Early Head Start grant! This federal grant award builds on their record of success providing important services for young children and their families. Collaborating with other community partners will enable YDI to expand their efforts, will help ensure that low-income children in New Mexico begin kindergarten prepared to achieve their full potential, and that parents have the resources to build successful families and support their children's healthy development. I'm proud to support funding for programs like Early Head Start that support children's well-being and school preparedness, and that strengthen New Mexico families." --U.S. Senator Tom Udall
YDI JOINS CHILDREN AND YOUTH DAY AT NM LEGISLATIVE SESSION
YDI-Elev8 New Mexico's students spent January 20, 2015, the opening day of the New Mexico Legislature, in Santa Fe sharing with their senators and representatives the needs of children and adolescents. Their advocacy was part of 2015 Children & Youth Day at the Legislature.
Eleven students from Albuquerque’s Grant and Wilson Middle Schools, both YDI-Elev8 New Mexico community schools, joined other students from across the state in placing their issues of concern before their elected representatives. They also made brief statements on the floor of the State Capitol Rotunda.
Wilson's students met with their representative, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, and Grant's students met with Rep. Conrad James, who represents their school.
Accompanying them were YDI and YDI-Elev8 staff, including Interim President and CEO Debra Baca, Executive Vice President Robert Chavez and YDI-Elev8 Associate Director Jacob Sanchez(Pictured above).
YDI Head Start and YDI-Elev8 provided educational materials on YDI's services and initiatives to 2015 Children & Youth Day participants and visitors to the State Capitol.