Post Date: May 20, 2022
ELECTRONIC-ONLY LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) SUBMISSION
The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) prioritizes increasing access and quality to early childhood services to meet the needs of children, families and communities. In an effort to expand, ECECD has committed 10 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) (Sec. 2202, Public Law 117-2) Child Care Stabilization Administration Funds to support the New Mexico Child Care Supply Building Grant. The Child Care Supply Building Grant is a competitive grant. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and funds awarded will be subject to the requirements and restrictions outlined in the Information Memorandum related to the ARPA Child Care Stabilization and ECECD’s 5 Star capacity and group ratio as detailed in the FOCUS Essential Elements.
ECECD is currently accepting Letters of Interest (LOI). The Child Care Supply Building Grant application will open on June 10, 2022, and subject to the availability of funds, will close no later than December 30, 2022.
Letter of Intent (LOI) is required for consideration:
- Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that meets the criteria set forth in the Notice of Funding Opportunity below.
- LOIs that demonstrate the ability to increase access to child care will receive a link from the New Mexico Finance Authority via email with access and instructions on how to complete s full application within 30 days of submitting an LOI.Qualified Applicants:
- The LOI must be submitted to ECECD.FederalProgram@state.nm.us.
Questions about the New Mexico Child Care Supply Building Grant shall be submitted via email to ECECD.FederalProgram@state.nm.us.
DOWNLOAD NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:
The Child Care Supply Building Grant is open only to (1) existing licensed or registered child care providers doing business in the State of New Mexico, including eligible head start and tribal early child care providers, who seek to expand child care programs; and (2) employers that intend to create or expand child care for their employees. To qualify, applicants must:
- propose to increase the supply of licensed, high quality, child care for infants, toddlers and young children;
- demonstrate the commitment and capacity to build that proposed child care supply;
- demonstrate the ability to open the proposed licensed child care within six months of award;
- commit to operating the proposed child care for at least ten years; and
- commit to operating the proposed child care at ECECD’s 5 Star group size and ratio requirements.