Crianza Early Childhood Business Accelerator Participants Graduate

Fifteen participants graduated from the early childhood business accelerator at CNM’s South Valley Campus on Saturday. Crianza is part of CNM’s STEMulus Center.
July 18, 2016

The students, all Spanish-speakers, are in the early stages of operating child care facilities in their homes. They completed the eight-session business accelerator for early childhood education businesses.

Crianza graduate Jessica Venzor Venegas kicked off the celebration by singing a traditional Mexican song called “La Cigarra.”

Five participants then talked about their small businesses, followed by presentation of certificates of completion to the students recognizing their 40 hours of classwork and 17 hours of personal training with a coach.

Andrés Armijo, Crianza program manager, recognized Mercy Alarid, course instructor; Marvin Lozano, instructor of INTROducción and EMPrendedores, both precursors to the course; and Jesse Leinfelder, curriculum designer.

As part of the course the students learned how to formalize their home businesses, including how to abide by New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) regulations, how to register their businesses, how to access free food programs for eligible families and more.

Crianza was founded with a one-year $375,000 grant from the Daniels Fund. Because of program managers’ frugality, the remaining funds will be used to extend the accelerator a second year. An English language version of the class for center directors and managers will be taught later this summer, with a second offering the Spanish class for home care providers starting in October. Throughout the course of this grant/program, Armijo expects to train 60 people.