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Parents are invited to attend La Vida Institute's open house

La Vida Institute, a provider of many early childhood services, is planning an open house from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, at 255 W. Hadley. Parents and the general public are invited to attend.

La Vida is funded through New Mexico State University's curriculum and instruction department, and the Child Care Bureau of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Division.

As one of 10 Training and Technical Assistance Programs in New Mexico, La Vida provides child care referral services and a free toy and resource lending library.

La Vida also offers training to parents and early childhood educators through conferences, workshops and support groups, as well as one-on-one support in the La Vida offices. Most of the services are free of charge.

"Those falling under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families guidelines also can receive tuition assistance and job training in the early childhood fields under the Job Training Partnership Act," said Nancy Baptiste, a curriculum and instruction professor at NMSU.

Through its Aim High program, La Vida improves local child care facilities by providing professional development and assistance.

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman will be on hand at the open house.

Those wanting to learn more about La Vida's programs should attend the open house or contact La Vida offices at (505) 527-1149.