Chamber Member Abel Covarrubias Selected for Prestigious ZERO TO THREE Fellowship

Jan 30th, 2015

Washington, DC – January 2015 – Abel Covarrubias, MA, of Las Cruces, New Mexico was recently selected as a Fellow with the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Program – a prestigious fellowship that engages, enriches, and inspires leaders who are dedicated to advancing the health, development, and well-being of infants and toddlers. Mr. Covarrubias is the chief executive officer for Aprendamos Intervention Team, an organization providing early intervention services in Dona Ana County. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the fellowship program from his leadership in Las Cruces to increase access to high quality early intervention Abel Covarrubias services for young children with developmental delays and their families.

Mr. Covarrubias is joined by nine other fellows who are from eight states across the country and Australia. The ten Fellows were selected through a rigorous selection process from a pool of 170 applicants. The fellows bring a diversity of experience from such fields as psychology, child development, law, pediatrics, parent education, mental health, social work, research, and public health. Mr. Covarrubias along with the nine other fellows will be traveling to Washington, DC during the next 18-months to participate in the fellowship.

“ZERO TO THREE is pleased to welcome Mr. Covarrubias as a fellow and we are excited about the expertise, knowledge, and perspective he brings to the fellowship,” said Matthew Melmed, ZERO TO THREE Executive Director. “His work to ensure the accessibility of early intervention services to some our most vulnerable young children and families in southern New Mexico will make a unique and important contribution to the fellowship experience” he added.

During the fellowship, Mr. Covarrubias will engage with a diverse group of professionals and community leaders in a collaborative process to better understand and address the developmental needs of immigrant infants and young children in communities living along the U.S. – Mexico border. “There is a critical need to infuse the importance and understanding of infant mental health (social emotional development) across early intervention settings to ensure the healthy development and well-being of children in our communities”, said Mr. Covarrubias.

The ZERO TO THREE fellowship program, which began in 1981, is guided by the principles that babies do better when the professionals who serve them and their families are work together across areas of expertise, are knowledgeable about the latest child development research, and are well equipped with the leadership skills to advance change in programs, systems, and policies that impact the well-being of infants and toddlers.

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development to ensure that all infants and toddlers have the strongest start in life.

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