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Grant to benefit early childhood programs

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Officials with Tobosa Children’s Services and Roswell Independent School District show some of the items purchased for early learning programs recently at Los Pasitos Early Intervention, 110 E. Summit St., through a federal grant RISD received in partnership with Tobosa. From left are Mirey Hernandez, Sally Green, Karla Stinehart, Felicia Juarez, Marissa Meza, Terri Douglass, Michelle Pruitt and Rosy Rubio. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Valentine’s Day came early for Tobosa’s Children’s Services by way of Roswell Independent School District. Tobosa’s Children’s Services is made up of three early childhood services: Los Pasitos Early Intervention, Little Steps Learning Center and the newly formed Los Pasitos Home Visiting Program.

All of Tobosa’s programs serve children and the community of Chaves County. The home visiting program will also serve Lea, Eddy and Roosevelt counties. The goal is to provide services to as many children as possible and work with families to offer their children opportunities for a prosperous future.

Tobosa’s Children’s Services entered into a grant partnership with RISD last year and received an award to assist in their endeavor to help families, according to information provided by Tobosa.

The assistance was made possible through a federal $200,000 Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant. The districts awarded with this grant must provide evidenced-based literacy instructional materials, professional development and parent engagement activities. Additionally, the funding requires partnering with community partners serving children from birth to age 5. RISD chose to partner with Tobosa’s programs.

Through the SRCL grant, RISD was able to:

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• Offer professional development to attend the Southwest International Dyslexia Association Conference, for Los Pasitos.

• Offer professional development to receive training in the Nurtured Heart Approach.

• Provide the books and parenting workbooks for the Nurtured Heart Approach.

• Provide books for a lending library, including the home visiting providers.

• Outfit classrooms with books in English and Spanish with an eye toward positive social behaviors.

• Provide oral language development kits to assist families in developing these skills.

Little Steps Learning Center was designated an essential business when the pandemic started. Los Pasitos Early Intervention services had to adjust to offering telehealth therapeutic services throughout the pandemic. All programs around the state have struggled to assist parents come up with innovative ways to adjust to virtual learning and helping young children adjust to major changes in their world. Now, with the resources RISD has provided, Tobosa is able to offer many more options to the families and children it serves.

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