Albuquerque, NM, Dec 14, 2010 -- Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented a certificate of obligation in the amount of $10,725 to HELP New Mexico, Inc. The USDA funding will be used to expand the diaper changing area and the toddler playground equipment at the Head Start Program in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
During the presentation Brunner said, “A better learning environment for children is essential to the sustainability and development of our rural communities. Students in rural New Mexico deserve the same opportunities as kids in urban areas and our funds will help in that effort.”
The money will be used upgrade the playground and other learning environment equipment at the T or C Head Start Center. The USDA Rural Development funding was made available through the Community Facilities program which finances essential equipment and buildings for non-profit organizations and to governmental entities in communities of less than 20,000 people.
Currently, HELP-NM operates both an Early Head Start program and Head Start program in T or C. The Early Head Start program serves 14 Infants, Toddlers, and expectant mothers while the Head Start classroom serves over 20 children from ages 3 to 5 years old. Education, health, mental wellness, nutrition, disabilities, and parent leadership are provided through this program. Service area includes T or C and the rural areas of Sierra County.
The celebration committing the funds from USDA Rural Development was held earlier today as State Director Brunner presented a certificate of funding obligation to John Martinez, the executive director of HELP New Mexico, Inc. at the Truth or Consequences Head Start Center located at 1407 E. Sixth Street in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov