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If you are staff at the University of New Mexico, you haven’t been offered paid leave when you have a baby or adopt a child – until now.

UNM’s paid parental leave policy went into effect this month. Part-time and full-time staff employees at all UNM campuses can now take four weeks of paid leave when they welcome a new child into their family as long as they’ve been at UNM for at least a year.

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Hundreds of protesters gathered Tuesday in downtown Albuquerque to demand an end to inhumane conditions in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border. It was part of a nationwide response to federal immigration policies that have separated family members, led to migrant deaths in detention and sought to limit who can seek asylum in the U.S.

Santa Fe Opera

The Children's Hour, 6/29 - Sat 9a: Summertime means going to the pool, picnics in the park, and for Santa Fe New Mexico, summertime is opera season.  We visited the world renown Santa Fe Opera to find out more about what opera is, and how kids can get involved. Summertime also is a great time to dig into new books, and we’ve got suggestions for kids of all ages. Broadcasting live every Saturday from 9 to 10am.

 

Circo Latino / NHCC

The Children's Hour, 6/22 Sat 9a: We're broadcasting live from the National Hispanic Cultural Center for Circo Family Day this Saturday June 22, and everyone is invited to join us! Learn about Circo Latino, enjoy a performance by the Niños in the National Institute of Flamenco, and try to keep up with master of puns, Chip Saltman. Featuring musical guest Frank Leto. Families of all ages are welcome to join us at the free festival at the NHCC, 1701 Fourth St. NW in Albuquerque.  Doors open at 8:30a, show starts at 9am. Kids Public Radio!

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The United States is going through its largest measles outbreak since the disease was eliminated in 2000, with more than 700 cases in 22 states. There have been no reported cases of the measles in New Mexico, but local experts say that could change any day now.

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The Children's Hour, 3/23 Sat. 9a: We’re broadcasting live from the Taylor Ranch library in Albuquerque and you are invited to join us! Doors to the library open early at 8:30am for our one hour program. We’ll feature: Albuquerque's former poet laureate Hakim Bellamy, story time with the Taylor Ranch librarians and musical guests, Samantha Daitz and Lisa Donald from the Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation.  FREE FAMILY FUN!

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Young children are being hospitalized with the flu in New Mexico at more than three times the national rate. There have been 122 hospitalizations of children four years old or younger so far this flu season, according to the Department of Health, but those numbers only represent 60 percent of the state's population.

Live From Meow Wolf

Feb 11, 2019
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The Children's Hour, Sat 2/16 9a: You're invited to join The Children's Hour Live from Meow Wolf, Santa Fe’s premier family friendly interactive art installation. Santa Fe troubadour Joe West will be our musical guest. Find out what’s the story with Meow Wolf this Saturday and be part of our live audience.  Doors open for 30 minutes at 8:30am for FREE admission for Children's Hour attendees. See you in the Multiverse! 

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New Mexico lawmakers on Wednesday, Jan. 30, moved legislation forward that changes the way people who are under 18 are treated when they’re accused of prostitution. Instead of being arrested and subject to criminal punishment, they could be given treatment and services.

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UPDATE 1/11: The Department of Health now says it'll be able to stretch its funds for the WIC program through April 2019.

Best Kids Music 2018

Dec 26, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 12/29 9a: We'll play something from all of the Grammy nominees for 2018's Best Children's Release, plus more of our favorites that came out this year. We'll also find out what happens when a dog or cat ends up in the pound. Bernalillo County Animal Welfare will be bringing in some furry adoptable friends to tell the tale of their journey, and where they go from here. 

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Some kids have a hard time getting enough to eat while school is out for winter break. Albuquerque Public Schools will offer free meals for students starting Friday.

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The Children's Hour, Sat 12/8 9a: Some Albuquerque 4th and 5th graders are riding bikes to learn literacy and cultural education through a special after school program called Story Riders. We’ll also get an update about the children who are suing the Federal Government for not doing enough to curb climate change, and violating the civil rights of children across our nation. It's all in an hour, every Saturday from 9 to 10am. 

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The Children's Hour, Sat 12/1 9a: In our ongoing series on civics education, we’re joined by Bernalillo County Treasurer Nancy Bearce. Aside from collecting property taxes, what does a treasurer do, and how does that work impact every person in the district, including kids?  It’s all in an hour, The Children’s Hour airs Saturdays from 9 to 10am on KUNM.

Healthy Holidays

Nov 13, 2018
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The Children's Hour, 11/17 Sat 9a: Healthy food choices can seem to be hard to make during the holidays, but nutritionist Patricia Keane from UNM's Prevention Research Center has many tips and ideas to make healthy holidays happy holidays. Find out how you can help the nearly 2 in 5 New Mexican children who don't know where they'll get their next meal. 

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The Children's Hour, Sat 11/3 9a:  Join us at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum for a show to remember. The doors open at 8:30 for free admittance to the museum and show.  Weather permitting, we’ll have the world’s largest fractal balloon, Infinitude, on display for tethered rides. We’ll find out how fractals play a part in our weather, and learn what kind of programs the museum offers kids year round and during school break. Be part of the show just by showing up at the Balloon Museum.  The Children’s Hour airs Saturdays from 9 to 10am. 

Teal Pumpkin Halloween

Oct 23, 2018
Anaphylactic Food Allergy Network New Mexico

The Children's Hour, 10/27 Sat. 9a: Halloween is supposed to be a little spooky, but for kids with food allergies, it can be justifiably terrifying. Learn how you can make trick or treating a fun for everyone. We’ll have ghost stories, a family events calendar, the Children’s Hour Birthday Club and so much more. 

How Do Elections Work?

Oct 16, 2018

The Children's Hour, Sat 10/20 9a: We wondered, how do our elections actually work, so we invited Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover to explain our elections. Also, we’re sending three field reporters into the Rio Grande Community Farms corn maze.  Learn something new with us, every Saturday on The Children's Hour.

Children's Advocacy Focus Of Voter Info Website

Sep 5, 2018
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Voters can now find New Mexico political candidates’ views on things like gun violence, education, public land use and climate change on a website put together by two children's advocacy organizations.

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The Children's Hour, 9/1 Sat 9a:  Learn how kids and families can be a part of building the southwest’s only urban National Wildlife Refuge, the Valle De Oro. Also find out about a co-ed, multiage scouting organization that’s navigated its way to Albuquerque: the Navigators will be in the studio. 

Kids Go Wild

Aug 23, 2018
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The Children's Hour, 8/25 Sat 9a: We’re going wild with the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation. We’ll be joined by wildlife biologists who will teach us how they are protecting and preserving our wildlife and natural resources, and how you can be a part of the effort.

Chaco Canyon

Aug 14, 2018
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The Children's Hour: Sat 8/18 9a: Take a trip with The Children's Hour to Chaco Canyon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the center of Pueblo civilization just 1000 years ago, and then was abandoned. Find out the story of Chaco Canyon and what it offers for families today. 

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The Children's Hour Sat 8/11 9a: Butterflies will be fluttering by the studio as we learn about the butterflies and bees of New Mexico. Learn something new with us, every Saturday from 9 to 10am. 

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The Children's Hour, Sat 8/4, 9a: This Saturday it’s the last installment of our four part series Classical Kids where we explore Mozart with our friends from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Plus do you know the difference between a therapy dog, an assistance dog, a guide dog and a working dog?  Find out from our friends at Assistance Dogs of the West. 

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The Children's Hour, Sat 7/21 9a: Our series continues with Classical Kids Part Two - Piano and Winds with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s Deborah Unger. Plus, do you have a musical kid who needs lessons? We’ll find out about UNM Music Prep School which offers musical education for New Mexico kids from birth through high school. 

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The Children's Hour, Sat 7/14, 9a: The first in a four part summer series, Classical Kids is presented by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s director of Education, Deborah Unger. This week: Flutes, harps and strings. Plus we’ll celebrate the birthday of Woody Guthrie. With great music, a family events calendar, The Children's Hour Birthday Club, and so much more. Live and local from 9 to 10am Saturdays. 

FireBird The Tiny Play

Jun 26, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 7/30 9a: This week, students from Play Conservatory will perform the tiny play, Fire Bird live in our studio. See it for yourself, we’ll be video streaming the performance.  

Jazzy Kids

Jun 19, 2018
Young Lions of Youth Jazz Collaborative

The Children's Hour, Sat 6/23 9a: On this edition of The Children's Hour, we’ll hear a studio concert by the Young Lions of the Youth Jazz Collaborative. Plus, our friends at the National Hispanic Cultural Center have been clowning around with kids in Circo Latino.  

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New Mexico has some of the worst conditions for children in rural areas, according to a recent study. A local advocate for kids’ wellness said things are improving, and that voting can help with that momentum.

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The Children's Hour, Sat 5/26 9a: It’s officially summer break this Saturday on The Children’s Hour Radio Show,  so to have a great party, we have a live mini concert with the kids in Sonyk Vortex. Plus, 4th graders who are in the Wild Friends Program are coming on the show to talk about pollinators and the Bee City Pollination Celebration in Albuquerque. Bee sure you don’t miss it! 

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