Albuquerque currently has thousands of homeless children under the age of 6, and CLNkids aims to end the cycle of homelessness through education.
Parents receive job skills training while the children receive the highest quality of early childhood education at no cost. CLNkids is a place many children call home, and is often a sanctuary away from the chaos of homeless shelters, hotels and living in cars.
The workers and volunteers at CLNkids believe in the impact of education and care deeply for the children in their care. Sherri Wells, development and communication director at CLNkids, said she is passionate about the organization because she can “use my talent for storytelling for a purpose and a cause. I love our children more than life. I have seen how just one caring person can make an impact on someone else’s life.”
The children’s ages range from six months to 8 years old or older, and undergo a typical day of schooling which includes breakfast, playtime, naptime and age relevant education. CLNkids currently depends on the support from private and public donations, advocacy and volunteerism.
~ Photos by Diana Cervantes