The Nurturing Centers’ mission is to ensure that families had access to a wide safety-net and would not “fall through the cracks” because of deficiencies within the broader system of care. Nurturing Centers identified the specific needs of families in the community and tailored services to meet these needs. Additionally, when Nurturing Center staff identified significant gaps in services and resources within the community, they become strong advocates and change agents to address those deficiencies. Broadly, Nurturing Centers provided students, families and teachers with a wide-range of trauma-informed services and supports in order to improve school readiness.
Nurturing Centers, under the umbrella of Taos Behavioral Health, served as hubs, housed within Enos Garcia Elementary, Ranchos Elementary, and Peñasco Elementary schools, and provides students with school-based services such as Social and Emotional Support, Connection to Counseling services and other community services and activities focused on building positive relationships. The Nurturing Center is partnered with teachers, administrators and other school staff in order to identify students and families in need of additional supports and services; and plan classroom and group activities to improve emotion identification and regulation, understand the impact of trauma on academic achievement, and improve mindfulness and learning readiness.