Supporting Teachers and Families (STAF)

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Early Care, Education, and Nutrition Division Director Sandy Trujillo-Medina and Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky meet with Jovanna Garcia (Center), a National Guard member deployed as PreK substitute teacher at My Little School in Deming, NM.

Background 

In response to staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of New Mexico is mobilizing all its resources to ensure that students can continue to attend public schools, community and school-based PreK, and child care. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has launched the Support Teachers and Families (STAF) initiative, an innovative new program that provides critical support for New Mexico’s schools and child care facilities. The initiative encourages state workers, National Guard members, and community members to become licensed as substitute pre-K-12 teachers and/or child care workers and work where they are needed to keep doors open for in-person learning and child care in the coming weeks.

STAF Child Care Substitute Application Process (click to view larger image)

Provider Portal

Child care providers in need of extra staffing support are able to access a secure portal to search for eligible applicants who have completed the required trainings and background checks. 

  • Click the button below to login in to the Rapid Response Intake Portal
  • Click Facilities Tab and Use Your EPICS ID to Find Your Facility
  • Click on STAF Tab. Providers will call substitutes in your area and make arrangements

A step-by-step guide to accessing substitute information.

How to Apply?

Interested individuals can apply by clicking the button below:  

Eligibility 

  • NM state employees – Approved employees will receive paid administrative leave from the state to serve as substitutes. 
  • NM National Guard Soldiers 
  • Community members 

Child Care Substitute Qualifications 

  • Must complete a background check  
  • Must be up to date with COVID vaccination requirements as defined by the CDC and NMDOH 
  • Must complete Mandatory COVID Safety Training and Health and Safety Orientation at https://www.nmels.org/ets/home 

      Video Tutorial

      View a video step-by-step guide to complete the Child Care Substitute Application Process.

      Supporting Teachers and Families (STAF)

      The initiative encourages state workers, National Guard members, and community members to become licensed as substitute public school PreK-12 teachers and/or child care workers in community-based settings, and work where they are needed to keep doors open for in-person learning in the coming weeks.