Crianza Early Childhood Business Accelerator Participants Graduate July 16

July 6, 2016 -- The 16 participants in the first cohort of Crianza: An Early Childhood Business Accelerator, will be recognized during a graduation ceremony on July 16, from noon to 1 p.m., in the South Valley Campus, Building II, Room 103. Crianza is part of CNM’s STEMulus Center.
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The students, who are Spanish-speakers, are in the early stages of operating child care facilities in their homes.

“The accelerator program is designed to teach participants how to build successful businesses,” said Andrés Armijo, Crianza program manager.

The participants started in February taking a series of four classes that introduced them to the Entrepreneurial Mindset Program. Some opted to take another eight-week course – 40 hours of instruction – in which they 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.

Armijo said the core group of child-care entrepreneurs were recruited from CNM’s Early Childhood Multicultural Education program, Alamosa Community Library, South Valley Economic Development Center, Partnerships for Community Action and the CNM South Valley Campus. Some of the students were already taking early child care courses at CNM.

One of the primary Crianza instructors, Mercy Alarid, formerly worked in CNM’s School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, but left to finish her EdD in education. She returned to teach at the accelerator. She speaks Spanish fluently and taught the Crianza courses in Spanish. She also translated all the curriculum into Spanish.

During the graduation, some students will present what they learned in the accelerator and they will all receive certificates. Instructors and coaches will also be recognized.

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 through the fall with two more course offerings. English language version of the class will be taught later this summer, with the Spanish class starting in October. By the end of the grant Armijo expects to train 60 more people.