Espanola, NM – Los Alamos National Lab Foundation announces the appointment of Jovanna Archuleta to Assistant Secretary for Native American Early Education & Care. Jovanna joined the LANL Foundation in 2017 as its Early Childhood Pueblo Outreach Coordinator. She now leaves that appointment to join the Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD). Jovanna will help to shape the new position and the newly formed department from the ground up.
“Do you know what childcare can do for communities?” Jovanna said. “Parents can go work and they’re not stressed about money. They’re not stressed about finding someplace to leave their child. They’re not worried all day long about their child. I’m hoping that this could be an opportunity to create educational pipelines that build teachers to then develop childcare services for infants and toddlers.”
Jovanna’s role at the LANL Foundation was working collaboratively with the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and its members to develop early childhood plans specific to each Pueblo, a project that was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For Jovanna, the most rewarding aspect of her work has been building relationships among the Pueblos and helping them develop the early childhood plans they are now implementing. Her work with the Foundation has prepared her for this position by helping her, “…understand the culture that comes with our communities, the respect that comes with the communities, and having the ability to listen to their needs.”
Jovanna’s new duties will encompass every aspect of early childhood education for children from birth to three years old: home visiting, Early Head Start, pre-K, and childcare services. She will work with Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky to strengthen programs related to infants, toddlers, children, youth, and families.
About Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation
Since 1997, the LANL Foundation has been investing in education, learning, and human potential in Northern New Mexico. Through our diverse programming and collaboration with key partners, we work to ensure that all New Mexicans have the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient lifelong learners who are engaged in their communities.
For 25 years, the LANL Foundation has been serving Northern New Mexico communities, enhancing students’ access to academic and technical opportunities, and leading to quality jobs by supporting the growth of college and career readiness in schools, districts, communities and Pueblos, Tribes, and Nations.
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