Native American Professional Parent Resources, (NAPPR) Inc. is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was founded in 1981 as a joint project between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the New Mexico Deparment of Health to provide early intervention services to Native American families with young children experiencing developmental delays. Since that time, NAPPR has established itself as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and grown from serving approximately 30 Native American children/families in 6 Pueblo communities to serving 400+ Native and Non-Native American families across a four county area. In addition to direct services to families with young children in these four counties, NAPPR also serves a much wider geographic range through the Albuquerque Area Dental Support Center.
NAPPR now includes four distinct programs that aim to strengthen the communities we serve by increasing and supporting healthy families through a range of services. The original program—Early Intervention, continues to serve families (both Native and Non-Native American) who have infants/toddlers who are experiencing developmental delays or who have risk factors for developmental delays. NAPPR also provides Universal home visiting using a culturally based model for Native American families with children prenatal through age five, Early Head Start center and home based services for Native and Non-Native American families with children prenatal through age three, as well as support services for Indian Health Service funded Dental Clinics.
All programs and services are supported through a combination of state, federal, United Way, and private funding/donations.
NAPPR began in 1982 as a program of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Based on the Portage Project of Portage, Wisconsin, Native American Portage Project Replication provided home based services to families of Native American children ages 0-5 with delays or at risk for delays.
In 1992, when funding changed, NAPPR faced the possibility of closing its doors forever. However, under the direction and leadership of the five original board members, the decision was made that the services provided by NAPPR were too important to stop. As a result, NAPPR spun off and became an independent organization.
NAPPR was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 1996 as Native American Pueblo Parent Resources.
Today, NAPPR stands for Native American Professional Parent Resources. While our name has changed, our organization has grown considerably, and new programs have been added, one thing remains the same: NAPPR is committed to our mission to "empower, educate and provide supportive services to build healthy Native American children and families."
Healthy Families • Strong Communities
NAPPR Empowers, Educates, and provides supportive services to build healthy Native American children and families.
Our Awards and Achievements
- 2017 New Mexico Task Force on Work Life Balance Family Friendly Business
- 2016 National Indian Health Board Local Impact Award
- 2016 Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Excellence in Community Health and Wellness
- 2016 Elearning! Learning! 100 Award Recipient
- American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico Driving American Business Success
- United Way of Central New Mexico All We Needed Was You Award Recipient
- New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health Members
- Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Valued Member
- 2013 New Mexico Community Health Workers Association, Inc. Model Program of The Year – Tribal Home Visiting Program