Early Childhood Home and Family Services Division


The FOCUS Program (formerly known as Los Pasos, SELECTT and GRO), funded through the Department of Health, Family Infant Toddler Program, provides supports and services for families of children aged birth through three years of age who are at risk for or experiencing a developmental delay including: 1.) medical challenges such as prematurity, low birth weight, pre-natal exposure to drugs and alcohol, and/or 2.) environmental challenges such as family substance abuse, mental illness, family violence or unsupported teen parenting. We serve families in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties.

What do we do:

The FOCUS program provides a continuum of interdisciplinary services that integrates primary health care with an array of services that include:

  • Home visiting and developmental guidance;
  • Case management/service coordination;
  • Developmental assessment and monitoring;
  • Developmental therapies including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy;
  • Infant mental health services;
  • Primary care and access to a family medical home;
  • Referrals to the UNM Medical Legal Alliance For Children;
  • Community referrals.

FOCUS provides supports and services that improve life conditions for young children and families by strengthening family capacity to foster protective behaviors for their children, providing culturally appropriate service strategies, collaborating with the community on behalf of the families and maximizing access to quality services. The service delivery team includes pediatricians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, case managers/service coordinators, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists. Services are available in both English and Spanish.

  • Nationally recognized model programs (National Center for Children in Poverty) that have demonstrated, through evaluations and research, lower rates of violence and drug use in the home, greater interaction between caregiver and child, and enhanced social-emotional development of the child.


Contact Us

 Kristina Blakney, Program Coordinator