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Stories - Early Childhood

“We all want our children to be successful and be healthy, safe and strong.” Find out how one community has incorporated dialogue-to-change in their projects in order to bring businesses, city...
“We need to stop talking about children in the future tense, because their time to learn is now,” says Lois Vermilya, director of the University of New Mexico’s Family Development Program. She has...
Over 400 residents have been involved in creating a family and community engagement policy for the Albuquerque School District. The group Families United for Education used a collaborative process...
We all want a better future for our children. What does it look like when residents come together in dialogues to create change? Learn about how a group of residents are creating a healthier, safer...
Young people involved in Generation Justice, a youth media project in Albuquerque, N.M., learn first-hand the importance of early childhood development through their participation in filming the ...
How can we make our communities a better place for children? See the progress five New Mexico communities have made to build an environment where children thrive.
For more than twenty years, Cuidando Los Niños has advocated on behalf of and provided support services to homeless children and their families in Albuquerque.
Following the mantra “healthy families make strong communities,” the Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR) provides culturally appropriate and sensitive services to Native...
Changing the early learning paradigm that informs how teachers, parents and policy makers think about young children’s learning is the charge of the Family Development Program at the University of...
The All Indian Pueblo Council formed a broad-based coalition to engage pueblo communities in dialogue, and to design strategy for policy-level change on issues of economic self sufficiency, education...
Teens in the Albuquerque, N.M. area are working to end child homelessness by giving the issue a familiar face. The film festival was an action idea that came out of the Strong Starts for Children...
Dialogue participants joined legislators and early childhood advocates in a policy forum designed to explore New Mexico's policy options and make recommendations to the Legislature on issues related...
Roberta Rael, project manager for the KUNM Youth Radio Project, discusses the importance of empowering youth through leadership roles and engaging them in early childhood development work.
Strong Starts for Children is a new Everyday Democracy initiative that aims to bring people together to create brighter futures for kids.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.