SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico has been awarded $3.5 million to continue providing home-visiting services to pregnant women and to parents with young children.

The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Gov. Susana Martinez says the funding will help provide valuable information, resources and skills to at-risk families to ensure their children grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to learn.

The program targets pregnant women as early as possible, providing health education. One focus is prenatal care within the first trimester.

When mothers don’t have a prenatal care provider, officials say home visitors can make appropriate referrals to link mothers with health clinics, hospitals, doctors and other social service agencies.

Since 2011, the number of children and families being served through home visiting has increased from 160 to 425.