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Family interaction important at NMSU Children's Village

Learning together was the goal of a Family Interaction Day this week for early childhood education programs that are part of the New Mexico State University Children's Village, said Nancy Baptiste, an early childhood educator in the College of Education.

Carmen Moreno, left, helps her daughter Samantha, 3, with a hand print craft project during a Family Interaction Day for early childhood programs that are part of the New Mexico State University Children's Village. Moreno is a 1985 graduate of NMSU. (NMSU

en, parents and teachers working together is a great way to engage families and build community," Baptiste said. "It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to better understand their child's development and see appropriate developmental activities."

Cassandra Carrasco, an NMSU graduate, agreed, "Family Interaction Day really demonstrates how the Children's Village values the family. It is important for my son Isaiah to see us interact with teachers and other families."

Carrasco graduated from NMSU in December 2003 with a bachelor's degree in family consumer sciences. As a student she did field studies at the Children's Village. Carrasco is now employed at La Vida Institute, which is one of 10 early childhood training and technical assistance centers in the state. The program is run by the NMSU College of Education through a grant from the New Mexico Department of Children Youth and Families.

Silvia Guerra participated in Family Interaction Day as part of a field experience for her early childhood course. Guerra, a senior early childhood education major at NMSU, said the experience gave her a hands-on opportunity to see the value of interaction between families and child-care programs.

The university's Children's Village now serves about 100 children between the ages of two and four through a variety of early child-care programs.

For more information about the Children's Village, call Baptiste at (505) 646-2632.