Report: Good News For Children In New Mexico

New Mexico – A New Mexico Department of Health program that provides early intervention for at-risk young children has improved in all eight categories measured in an annual report card.

The report card for the Family Infant Toddler program is submitted to the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs and looks at various aspects of the program, including how local providers perform.

State Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says it's critical to support developmental skills in infants and toddlers who are at risk for delays and disabilities.

The program, known as FIT, offers early intervention services to families with children from birth to 3 years who are at risk for a developmental delay.

Last year, it served more than 12,000 children and families at an average per child cost of $2,700.

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