Classroom Based Programs
The therapeutic preschool is for developmentally and environmentally at-risk children birth to 3 years old and their parents in a trauma informed, interactive parenting program offered in Bernalillo County. Parents must be able to participate in the program once a week from 9am to 1pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Breakfast and Lunch is provided and transportation is available. Each child participating in the program will receive a developmental evaluation which will look at how the child is functioning in the areas of Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Cognition, Language/Communication, Self-Help, Relationship to Persons, Emotions and Feeling States and Coping Behavior. Within the therapeutic classroom environment, parents and children will work together to develop and enhance healthy relationships, positive parenting skills, bonding and attachment and parents will learn age appropriate expectations of their child’s development and behavior. Families will receive health and nutritional services, home visits, individual and group parenting education, family advocacy and case management.
• Parent/Child Classroom-Each PB&J site has a therapeutic preschool classroom for infants and toddler to attend with their parent or caretaker which was thoughtfully designed to promote optimal parent-child interactive parenting education.
• Health Center-Each site has health education staff available for families through volunteers and community collaborations. Nurses are available to provide education, assessments and referrals for families enrolled in the program.
• Nutrition-Children and families receive education on understanding basic nutrition and how it impacts health, assistance with shopping for healthy foods and creating simple nutritious meals. Breakfast and Lunch is provided for each family enrolled in the program and is regulated by the CYFD Food and Nutrition Program.
• Art Therapy- Art therapy is available to families and individuals who would like to utilize art media, the creative process, and their resulting imagery to look at and resolve life challenges and stresses in order to improve functioning and overall sense of well-being. Monthly art therapy parent groups focus on self-nurturing and its importance to the effective parenting of children.
• Wilderness Program-through community donations, PB&J is able to provide field trips for parents and children to be outside, explore nature, hike and fish. For many families these are new experiences and it provides an ideal environment for building a stronger bond and attachment
• Home-based services are available if the family is not able to attend the on-site program.
New Mexico PRE-K Extended Day Program
This early childhood program provides 4 year old children access to developmentally appropriate activities with a focus on school readiness. The program was developed following the principles of the New Mexico PreK Curriculum with activities based on age appropriate child development/early childhood principles including, the needs, interests, desires, language, home experiences, cultural values and relevant life experience of the child and families served. The curriculum is based on the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines and is designed to achieve long-range goals for children in all domains including physical, motor, social, emotional, language, and cognitive. The children attend school Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm with transportation services available.
Home and Community Based Services
New Mexico Home Visiting
This program provides parenting educational services, child developmental guidance and local community resource information to families with children prenatal to three in the home or alternative locations at the family’s request.
• Prenatal home visits provide information on health, nutrition, preparing for the birth of the child and child development. Information is also provided on attachment and relationship with infants, breastfeeding, impact of alcohol, tobacco and drugs on pregnancy, seatbelt use, birth control after pregnancy, premature labor, oral heath for mother and infant, folic acid, weight control and diabetes. All pregnant women are screened for depression and domestic violence issues.
• Families of children birth to three receive child developmental screenings, observation of attachment behaviors between infant/toddler and parent/caregiver, administration of a social support index to assist families with identifying informal support networks and administration of the PICCOLO to assist families with establishing positive interactions with their infants or toddlers.
• Referrals are provided to community agencies/services as necessary.
This program provides targeted training and support to parents with developmental disabilities with children of any age, in order for them to provide a nurturing, caring and safe environment for their family. Services are provided in the individual’s home and other community settings, as appropriate, to meet the individual’s goals. Eligibility is determined by participation in the Developmental Disabilities Waiver or DDSD State General Services or documented diagnosis of a developmental disability, including intellectual disability. Parents are provided with support included but not limited to their child’s development/education, discipline, nutrition, home safety and promoting the child’s health.
Time Limited Reunification (TLR)
Time Limited Reunification is an intensive home based program designed to support families in reunifying their children currently in Children Youth and Families Department Protective custody. These services are available during non-traditional hours in order to expedite the reunification process and to provide wraparound support to the families. The services provided include an environmental assessment and intervention to improve individual and family interactions, increasing the parent’s protective capacities with their children by building on the strengths of the parent, self and family management and case management, coordination and linkage to other services. This program requires a direct referral from the CYFD treatment worker in Bernalillo or Sandoval County.
Family Support Services/ CBCAP Program (FSS)
Family Support Services are available to families with at least one child, age 0-5 years old. This program is provided to families in their home, at least twice a week to support the family with parenting, crisis intervention and case management. Each family receives an assessment to evaluate the needs of the family and to develop a family plan to address those needs. In the program, each family has the option of participating in a parent leadership program which meets once a month to provide support and educational learning activities in order to enhance their participation in the program. Families can participate in the program for up to six months. Referrals are accepted by families, other services providers or CYFD.
Pathways is a program designed to reduce unmet needs, address health inequities, and improve the overall health of the residents of Bernalillo County. It focuses on positive health outcomes by utilizing community health navigators as care coordinators who connect at-risk residents to resources and follow their progress toward improved health outcomes. Meaningful outcomes for the clients are reached by following a step-by-step approach (Pathways). While individual clients attain improved health, common systems issues are also brought to light and result in stronger service coordination
Families Impacted by Incarceration
Fatherhood Reentry Program & Fathers Building Futures is a reentry program for fathers recently released from Los Lunas Men’s Prison or Bernalillo’s Metropolitan Detention Center. Program includes pre-and post-release wrap-around support including family-based case management, parenting education, counseling, job training and placement.
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Metropolitan Detention Center
PB&J provides a therapeutic environment for children and families to engage in developmentally appropriate, interactive activities while they are waiting to have a visit at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). The children are provided with snacks and the families are screened for any case management needs with referrals given for appropriate services. The staff is trained to coach and model age appropriate play and adult/child interactions with attention to issues resulting from parental incarceration.
Juvenile Community Corrections Program (JCC)
The Juvenile Community Corrections program is a program funded by Children Youth and Families Department. The JCC program is a unique approach to working with incarcerated teen parents and their families. The program provides services that are gender responsive, culturally competent and based on the client’s individualized needs. The program emphasizes on intensive individual parenting skills, parenting groups, therapeutic supervised family visits and intensive home visiting upon release.
Youth Development Inc. (YDI)-Face Forward Parenting Class
The Face Forward program through YDI provides comprehensive legal, education, and workforce development services to juvenile offenders to increase their opportunity to achieve their long-term employment goals. The Face-Forward Program offers case management, mentoring, GED preparation, after school tutoring, occupational skills training, workforce literacy training, job development and parenting classes. PB&J has partnered with YDI to provide six-week parenting education classes that focus on child development, healthy relationships, safety planning, parenting styles, self-care, and other relevant parenting issues.