Family Life & Child Development

The Child Development and Family Life Program provides educational programming on subject matter areas related to the developmental life span of children and families.

Lisa Shields, Ph.D.
Family Life & Child Development Specialist
New Mexico State University
Box 30003, Department 3AE
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone: 575-646-3560
Fax: 575-646-1889
Email: lshields@nmsu.edu

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Programs

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Children, Youth, & Families at Risk-Sustainable Community Grant Project: Just Be It! Healthy & Fit

This USDA-CSREES sponsored grant project is designed to reduce the risk factors for childhood obesity for fifth grade students in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos Counties by providing nutrition education, increasing exercise time, and affecting change in the home and school environment. The program addresses the national CYFAR school age (K-8) outcome that "school age youth will demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior necessary for fulfilling contributing lives".

  • NMCyfar web site
    Resources for New Mexico Children, Youth and Families at Risk (NMCYFAR)

Baby's First Wish Parenting Newsletter

Baby's First Wish is an age based parenting newsletter for babies aged one month to 36 months. It is delivered by surface mail to families who request it and is also available online.

The newsletters are mailed from a central state location in Las Cruces and agents in all New Mexico counties are involved in the program.

eXtension Just in Time Parenting

Description- This eXtension project helps set in place a sustainable national system that will allow Extension professionals in every state to have the opportunity to be involved in the development and marketing of Just in Time Parenting resources. Marketing Just in Time Parenting to all parents with web access can greatly reduce the costs in reaching interested parents (because duplication and mailing costs will be eliminated) with parenting information. States can then use resource savings to more effectively reach low income parents who do NOT have dependable web access with monthly mailed (or hand delivered) issues.

This is a national program which will launch in 2008. County agents will be invited to participate at that time.

Child Care Provider Education

This program provides educational workshops for continuing education credits for child care providers in collaboration with New Mexico Early Childhood Training & Technical Assistance Centers and Regional Early Care Education Conferences.

The following files can be used by county agents to provide one-hour workshops for child care providers. They include pre/post tests, workshop outline, web connection to visual presentation, and follow-up evaluation strategies:

General Extension Related Resources

County Programs - Home Economics Agents

Agent County
Virginia Alexander Bernalillo County
Robin BakerLea County
Kelly KnightOtero County

For Employees

See above section of "Child Care Provider Education" for downloadable files that can be used by county agents to provide one-hour workshops for child care providers. They include pre/post tests, workshop outline, web connection to visual presentation, and follow-up evaluation strategies.

Child Development & Family Life Plans of Work:

  • Plan of Work
    Children, Youth, and Families at Risk-Sustainable Community Grant Project: Just Be It! Healthy and Fit