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Tumbleweeds was born in the summer of 1995. More accurately, it morphed.
In 1991, just as her son was about to enter preschool, Santa Fe mom and writer Claudette E. Sutton created The Tot’s Hot News, a quarterly newsletter for parents of children birth through kindergarten. Struck by the challenge of finding activities and services for families in Santa Fe, she drew on her own journalism background and love of children to create a newsletter chock-full of events, resources and articles on local people and organizations.
With her own son’s growth nudging her, Sutton revamped Tot’s Hot in 1995 into Tumbleweeds, a newspaper for families with children of all ages. For over 25 years it has continued to grow, more than doubling in page count and circulation, expanding to the web and social media -- and picking up state and national awards for writing, editing and design.
In the summer of 2020, Tumbleweeds made the digital leap, providing our first fully online issue to adapt to the realities of the coronavirus and the reading habits of young moms and dads.
Each quarterly online issue still contains timely, informational articles and personal essays about children and families; a day-by-day calendar of events; seasonal directories of summer camps, school break camps and after-school programs, kids’ writing and artwork, craft projects and more.
As of the summer of 2021, Tumbleweeds has new owners: Jen and Justin Schroer, who share Claudette's belief that children are not just our future but a precious and vital part of the present. Our goal continues to be producing a publication that supports families, schools and communities in which children grow and thrive.
Justin and Jen Schroer, Publishers
Claudette Sutton, Founder & Editor
Kristen Cox Roby, Assistant Editor
Mari Angulo, Web Designer
Flor de Maria Oliva, Spanish Editor