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Early Childhood Toy Lending and Resource Library Opens at CNM South Valley Campus

February 11, 2015 -- Families, educators, child care centers and home child-care providers now have a new resource for teaching. It’s an Early Childhood Toy Lending and Resource Library at the CNM South Valley Campus.
Early Childhood Toy Lending and Resource Library Opens at CNM South Valley Campus

Jul 17, 2015

The library, located in SV-55, will have an open house on Friday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with the official opening scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17. It will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Toy Library is a joint venture between The University of New Mexico’s Cariño Early Childhood Training & Technical Assistance Program and CNM’s Early Childhood Multicultural Education program. It has thousands of educational toys, games, materials, videos, books and other resources that are available to be checked out for free, primarily by early childhood educators and families who have young children.

“Providers can come here and borrow the learning toys for free for children, from infants up to age 12,” said Joel Casas, program manager for Cariño’s South Valley location. “The library is available for clients and families who don’t have the funds to access high-quality early childhood educational materials.”

Times will be scheduled for demonstrations as to how the toys can be used educationally. Also planned are story times in which children will be entertained with age-appropriate book readings, and there will be an art and play space where kids can spend time while parents sort through the toys to borrow without being interrupted.

South Valley child-care providers, educators and families are especially encouraged to visit the library, since it’s located close to them.

There are puzzles, lacing cards and Legos that help children strengthen fine motor skills and an inclusion section with adaptive crayons, sensory toys and adaptive art materials for children with developmental disabilities. The library also features learning resources, such as books teachers can use to help in classrooms, based on developmental appropriate play.

Catron Allred, CNM’s director of Education Programs, said the placement of the new library at the South Valley Campus is a wonderful resource for CNM faculty, staff and students, and for the South Valley community. CNM Early Childhood Multicultural Education classes are taught there, so the campus is becoming a hub for early childhood education.

Catron Allred, CNM’s director of Education Programs, said the placement of the new library at the South Valley Campus is a wonderful resource for CNM faculty, staff and students, and for the South Valley community. CNM Early Childhood Multicultural Education classes are taught there, so the campus is becoming a hub for early childhood education.

“We are bringing resources there for early childhood education,” she said. ‘Trainings at the library will be done both in English and Spanish. Here will be an emphasis on providing access for Spanish speakers and to provide professional development opportunities.”

A $400,000 grant awarded to UNM from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the Children Youth and Families Department is funding the library and expanded early childhood education services.