This Week at CYFD
SANTA FE -- News items of interest regarding CYFD this week:
- The USDA Secretary sent a letter to all governors, mayors and other officials notifying them that there still would be lunches available to children who would be at home in the event that schools close down because of the H1N1 virus. CYFD’s Family Nutrition Bureau has met with directors of child nutrition programs in New Mexico to start developing a plan that would ensure food distribution to children in the event of a flu outbreak.
- In July 2008, 21,334 children in New Mexico received child care subsidy payments. Of this total, 95.91% of these children were at or below 165% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and 0.89% were at or above 165.01% FPL. In July 2009, 23,807 children in New Mexico received child care subsidy payments. Of this total, 92.53% of these children were at or below 165% FPL and 4.61% were at or above 165.01% FPL. These numbers indicate a steady rise in children and families in need of child care, both below 165% FPL and up to 200% FPL.
- KOB-TV reported on the "Operation Knock and Talk" initiative in which CYFD’s juvenile probation officers (JPOs) collaborated with Albuquerque Police Department school resource officers to visit kids at home, prior to the start of the school year to offer services for youth that had truancy or behavior issues in the prior school year. JPOs and police officers were well received by families that received visits.