New Mexico Public Education Department
Settings: High Schools, Community Service Centers
The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) will provide a comprehensive array of academic, economic, social and health services to parenting teens and their families. Building on the success of previous programs, PED aims to increase access to services that support health, well-being, educational outcomes, and economic self-sufficiency. For expectant and parenting teens involved in the foster care system, PED will provide trauma-informed services, life skills development, and linkage to resources. PED also will engage young fathers, providing services to enhance college and career readiness, strengthen parenting skills, and increase positive paternal involvement. PED aims to engage young parents and key stakeholders to identify and improve partnerships, practices, and policies that address needs of young families, sustain a continuum of statewide support services, and improve community awareness of these services. PED also will evaluate the New Mexico Attendance Policy for Expectant and Parenting Teens and its impact on school retention and success. To achieve these goals, the PED will partner with the Graduation, Reality And Dual-role Skills (GRADS) program, the New Mexico Department of Health Children Youth and Families Department, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Eastern Area Regional Workforce Development Boards, NM Alliance for School-Based Health Care, Roadrunner Food Bank, Fathers New Mexico, and other key stakeholders. As part of this program, PED will serve 18 New Mexico counties.