Early Childhood Development Resources

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Early Childhood Development Resources

Roswell offers great services for families
Roswell and surrounding communities can benefit from several early childhood development and care programs sponsored by local groups and by state-governmental entities.

New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program
The most prominent of these programs is the New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) program, run by the state Department of Health. This program provides services to families who have infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays.

Children are eligible for the FIT program if they: live in an environment that poses a substantial risk to their development; they have at least a 25-percent delay in motor, language, cognitive, sensory, adaptive, and/or social and emotional development; have established medical conditions or biological risk, such as Down Syndrome, retinopathy, prematurity, low birth weight, or prenatal drug exposure, that increases their risk for developmental delays.

Such children can benefit from the FIT program through state-funded physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy, as well as other services that increase, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of a child to improve their independence in daily activities.

FIT can also provide family and child counseling, technology and therapy to improve the hearing, speech, and vision of children, nursing and health services.

Roswell is also home to MECA Therapies, which offers services to children who have speech, language, physical, and developmental delays and disorders, feeding and swallowing difficulties, neurologic/neuromuscular conditions, sensory-integration conditions, and autism-spectrum disorder. MECA Therapies is contracted provider with the State of New Mexico to provide Early Childhood Development supports

Los Pasitos is another provider of early intervention services, childcare and education. For more information on Los Pasitos, call 575-623-6402. For more information on MECA Therapies, call 575-623-2615.

Roswell’s Child Development Center
Another child-development program Roswell and families in nearby communities can utilize is Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell’s Child Development Center (CDC), operated by Family Resource and Referral, Inc.

The Center offers a child development program which provides training for students in teaching, care-giving, nursing and occupational therapy. Services are available to a limited number of young children in the Center’s role as a learning lab for students as well as to provide the community with child care.

For more information on the Child Development Center, contact call 575-624-7301.

La Leche League of Roswell
Mothers in and near Roswell can also attend twice-monthly breastfeeding-support groups hosted by the La Leche League of Roswell.

La Leche League meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. and the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at Grace Community Church in the Children’s Building, 935 W. Mescalero Road.

For more information, or for breastfeeding help, contact Kim Lusk at 575-317-3510 or kimlusk23@yahoo.com.

Roswell Area Services for Infants and Toddlers


MECA Therapies • 575-623-3615 Free Services Los Pasitos  • 575-623-6402 • Free Services


Child Development Center  • 575-624-7301 • Prices Vary by Age & Full-time/Part-time care


La Leche League of Roswell  • 575-317-3510 • Free Services