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Jardin de los Niños, Blue Cross partner on child services


The nonprofit Jardin de los Niños was awarded a $25,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico to provide child care and therapeutic early intervention services to children without housing or suffering abuse.

Founded in 1995, Jardin operates a designated trauma-informed care center and provides early childhood education, therapeutic intervention and comprehensive services to children who are homeless or close to it, from the ages of six weeks to 10 years as well as their families.

The grant comes through BCBS-NM’s Blue Impact initiative, which awards grants between $20,000 and $100,000 to New Mexico nonprofits working in certain focus areas addressing social determinants of health, per its website.

Janice Torrez, president of BCBS-NM, said Jardin de los Niños “is making a significant difference in the lives of those children and their families experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness,” in a news release.

Jardin’s CEO, Michelle Adames, said, “The Blue Impact grant provides Jardin de los Niños with support to address poverty and the wellbeing of infants and toddlers,” in a written statement.

Jardin de los Niños, $25, 000 grant,