The Summer Food Program is Back!

The Summer Food program provides nutritious meals at no cost to children and youth ages 18 and younger from June through August, filling a gap when school-based meal programs pause during the summer. In New Mexico, 1 in 5 children suffer from food insecurity.

Most New Mexican families are eligible for free child care!

Beginning May 1, 2022, all families enrolled in New Mexico’s child care assistance program will no longer owe copays for child care services, making child care cost-free.

Elevate New Mexico Child Care

Operating a child care program is hard work, but you don’t have to do it alone. Get access to free business coaching, child care management software, and community coaching to help streamline time-consuming business tasks.

Are you wondering if your child is meeting their developmental milestones?

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and three years old? Are you wondering if they are meeting their developmental milestones? If so, you can take the online Ages and Stages Questionnaire!

Early Childhood Career Pathway Guide

Using a lattice development progression that covers six levels of educational courses – 45-Hour Entry Level Course, New Mexico Child Development Certificate, an Early Childhood Professional Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s Degree – the Early Childhood Career Pathway Guide will help individuals interested in a career in early childhood understand the opportunities and supports available across the state.

Moments Together

Babies are always learning, and you already have what it takes to teach them. From breakfast to bedtime there are tons of simple, everyday moments you share with your little one that can put them on the path to a bright future.

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The Summer Food Program is Back!

The Summer Food program provides nutritious meals at no cost to children and youth ages 18 and younger from June through August, filling a gap when school-based meal programs pause during the summer. In New Mexico, 1 in 5 children suffer from food insecurity.

Most New Mexican families are eligible for free child care!

Beginning May 1, 2022, all families enrolled in New Mexico’s child care assistance program will no longer owe copays for child care services, making child care cost-free.

Are you wondering if your child is meeting their developmental milestones?

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and three years old? Are you wondering if they are meeting their developmental milestones? If so, you can take the online Ages and Stages Questionnaire! 

Elevate New Mexico Child Care

Operating a child care program is hard work, but you don’t have to do it alone. Get access to free business coaching, child care management software, and community coaching to help streamline time-consuming business tasks.

Early Childhood Career Pathway Guide

Using a lattice development progression that covers six levels of educational courses – 45-Hour Entry Level Course, New Mexico Child Development Certificate, an Early Childhood Professional Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s Degree – the Early Childhood Career Pathway Guide will help individuals interested in a career in early childhood understand the opportunities and supports available across the state.

Moments Together

Babies are always learning, and you already have what it takes to teach them. From breakfast to bedtime there are tons of simple, everyday moments you share with your little one that can put them on the path to a bright future.

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We’re with you every step of the way!

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Am I Eligible?

We invite you to complete the Am I Eligible? survey and learn about the family services programs for which you may be eligible. To apply for services or request a referral to one or more of the family services programs, please click on ‘Check If You Are Eligible For Child Care Assistance,’ button below. 

Child Care Assistance

The Child Care Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of child care for families at or below 400% of the federal poverty level that are working, seeking work, and/or in school. 

Beginning May 1, 2022, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) will waive child care assistance copayments for any family that qualifies for the program.