Jardin De Los Ninos - Nonprofit of the Month December 2014

Dec 22nd, 2014



Jardin de los NiñosOur mission at Jardin de los Nios is to create new possibilities for homeless and near homeless children and their families through loving childcare, education and the use of community resources.


All services provided by Jardin de los Ninos focus on reducing the ill effects and negative impact of poverty, crisis and instability within the family unit and are vital to the long-term stabilization of the homeless and near-homeless child and his or her family.

Key goals: 

To provide the best possible day care services to our children, aged six weeks to 10 years of age.

To provide parenting classes which give our parents the tools with which to overcome their circumstances and change their lives.

To maintain financial sustainability, despite the challenges that nonprofit organizations currently face by developing a loyal donor base, and by effective stewardship of the organization.

To build a presence in the community, and to educate the public about the dangers homelessness presents to young children and their families, and how Jardin effectively works to change that paradigm for homeless and near-homeless children and their families in southern New Mexico.


Founded in 1995 by Sisters Anna Waldschmidt and Beth Daddio, Jardin de los Nios provides early childhood education, therapeutic intervention and comprehensive services to homeless and near-homeless children, from the ages of six weeks to 10 years, and their families.

As a five-star early childhood educational program accredited by the National Association of Childcare Professionals, Jardin has been recognized for its model services to homeless and near homeless children in the southern part of New Mexico. It is one of two programs in the state designed to provide child care and support services to these populations, and one of just five original programs of its kind in the nation

Key people to know:

Audrey Hartley, Executive Director
 Joe Ortiz, Director of Operations Celia Valdez, Children’s Services Director Miriam Gutierrez, Family Services Director 

Events and activities: 

Kiwanis Kars for Kids, June 14,Young Park Summer Sizzle Ice Cream Social, July 17, Jardin Family Center Volley for Victims, Aug. 23,Young Park, in Conjunction with the DA’s Office Monster 5 K Fun Run, Oct. 25, La Llorona Park, in Conjunction with Leadership Las Cruces Noche de Luminarias/Dedication of Jackson Whelpley Memorial Library, Nov. 13, Jardin A Chile Holiday, Dec. 5, Alameda House Ben Franklin’s Birthday Bash, Jan. 17,Village at Northrise
 Cow Plop Bingo March 7 & 8, Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum 

Future plans:

It is Jardin’s goal to become fully sustainable, and become a model non-profit throughout New Mexico.

It is also our intent to obtain 5-Star Accreditation through the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department’s FOCUS Program. While Jardin presently has 5-Star Accreditation at a National Level, it is important for us to obtain this accreditation through the state.

It is our intent, as we become more financially stable, to increase the number of children we serve throughout the region. It is also our intent to be actively involved in the community, so that our citizens know, understand and support our program.