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NM in Depth: Nearly 20% of NM kids have multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences

“Allen Sanchez, CEO for CHI St. Joseph’s Children, which provides free home visiting services in New Mexico, testified last week in front of the Senate Education Committee in support of a resolution that would take an extra 1 percent distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education programs, including home visiting.

‘If a child is in the arms of a calm person, there’s no toxic stress. But if the child is in the arms of parents or other family members that are in crisis, then the stress is passed from the parent to the child,” Sanchez said. “So early childhood intervention is about the toxic stress.’”

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