Sustainable Kaune Kids

Sustainable Kaune Kids

New Mexico is home to many long-held cultural traditions that center care and respect for the land and water. From indigenous farming practices, to adobe brick making, to annual acequia “ditch days’, New Mexicans have been coming together for generations to uphold the importance of shared practice and responsibility for the well-being of their communities.

At Growing Up New Mexico, our Guiding Principles, Vision, and Mission value the importance of physical spaces just as much as the people in them. The Kaune Campus is at the heart of our organization. In addition to PreK and child care, Kaune also houses our home visiting and family coaching programs. Built in 1947, the historic John Gaw Meem building is centrally located in the Casa Linda neighborhood of Santa Fe. Since purchasing the facility in 2016, it been our responsibility to maintain the facility and grounds in alignment with our long-term commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and increasing sustainability through efficient energy use and water consumption.

The Kaune Campus has aged over the past 77 years and is in need of critical repairs beyond our means as a direct service not-for-profit organization. In order to ensure a healthy environment for building occupants, stability of high-quality programing, and decreased environmental impact, we have launched Sustainable Kaune Kids, a multi-year, and multi-phased Capital Campaign to upgrade the building and enhance the grounds with the addition of immersive outdoor learning spaces.

Outdoor Learning Spaces

Children have been spending less time outdoors than ever before. A 2018 study in the United Kingdom revealed that children today spend about four hours outside per week, roughly 50% less than their parents as kids.

The Building

Much like our multi-generational programs, we understand there is not a one-size fits all approach to upgrading the physical structure.

For lead gifts and naming opportunities, please contact Brigid Quinn, Director of Community Philanthropy.