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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Maria Chavez Bio

Maria D. Chavez, Ed.D.

Retired; Founder and Former Executive Director of the Family Development Program at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; Board Member and Past Secretary of the Parents as Teachers National Center; Past Board Member of the Pampers Parenting Institute (PPI) ; Past President of Las Mujeres; and Past President of the New Mexico Bilingual Association.
Contributions to the Field
Dr. Chavez is a nationally acclaimed authority on bilingual, multi-cultural education and on creating effective family support systems in communities. Prior to her retirement, Dr. Chavez established and managed the Office of Community Planning, Training and Research & Evaluation for New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Family Department.
Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published 
New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame recipient, 1996; Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, 1996; Honored as one of three outstanding Early Childhood Programs in the Nation by the National Commission on Children, 1993; Brindis a la Mujer Hispana for Outstanding Community Service, 1990; National Association for Bilingual Education Outstanding Dissertations, 1989.



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