Home Visiting Program

Residents of Lincoln County who are pregnant or have children up to five years old can now enroll in the home visiting program. Research shows that what a child experiences in the first years of life makes a big difference in how their brain will develop and how they will interact with the world. Home visitors partner with families and caregivers to promote child development and confident parenting by supporting the relationship among the family, home, visitor, and community.

What home visitors do: 

  • Come to see you in the convenience of your home
  • Offer support and listen to what you have to say
  • Answer questions and share information about prenatal health, newborn care, and child development
  • Home visitors use the Parents as Teachers curriculum
  • Help connect you with resources in Lincoln County
  • Provide a free and fun Parents as Teachers playgroup on the third Thursday of every month at the Ruidoso Community Center. We provide a mobile playgroup/group connections to outlying areas in Lincoln County, and the dates and locations are available on our Facebook page.
  • Give children in the program a free book with every visit
  • Provide infants with “Safe Sleep Portable Cradles”

The Parents as Teachers curriculum is an international nonprofit curriculum that promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. It includes the most researched information and many fun, educational activities.

There are no qualifications to receive home visiting services as long as there is a pregnant woman or child under five in the family. It is free and voluntary!

Goals for the Home Visiting Program

Please take a moment to read the goals of our home visiting program below.

  • Babies are born healthy
  • Children receive nurturing by their parents and caregivers
  • Children are school-ready
  • Children and families are safe
  • Families receive connections to formal and informal supports in the community

Inter-Agency Collaboration

Through inter-agency collaboration and the Partnership in Early Childhood Education (PIECE) Coalition, the home visiting program maintains excellent professional relationships with Developmental Services (Early Intervention), Head Start and Early Head Start, Children’s Medical Services, Lincoln County Medical Services, health care providers, WIC, and other community providers to link families to resources.

Funding Source

To promote strong families, the ECECD Home Visiting Grant supports and funds this program.

Our Staff

Michelle Burge
Developmental Services / Home Visiting Manager
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Keri French
Home Visitor III - Supervisor
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Sandra Gomez
Home Visitor II
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Gloria Magana
Home Visitor II
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Coda Sanchez
Home Visitor I
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Sarah Wetzel
Home Visitor I
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