Deadline extended to January 11, 2023: Advancing a Bilingual and Indigenous Early Childhood Workforce Application

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Updated:  Nov. 21, 2022

Advancing a Bilingual and Indigenous Early Childhood Workforce Application

Application deadline extended to January 11, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.


The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) strives to advance a diverse, well-compensated, and credentialed workforce that is prepared to meet the unique needs of families and children across New Mexico. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded ECECD $1 million over five years (2021-2026) to increase the number of bilingual and indigenous early childhood educators in New Mexico. ECECD will use these funds to invest in fifty (50) individuals who are pursuing an associate degree in the early childhood field.  Funds from the grant will also be used to develop a bilingual certification in early childhood studies.  

Eligible Students:

A student must apply and be enrolled in an associate degree program in early childhood at one of the IHEs listed below and meet the specific criteria below: 

  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester/trimester of early childhood courses and/or other early childhood degree or certificate coursework (e.g., prerequisite courses) in the Fall or Spring semesters/trimesters starting in 2022 to 2026; 
  • Remain in good academic standing with a 2.5 GPA or higher; and 
  • Be bilingual and/or biliterate or from a Tribe, Pueblo or Nation in New Mexico
  • Be enrolled in one of the following associate’s degree program, which includes:
      • Early Childhood Education Birth to Age 3
      • Early Childhood Education Age 3 to Grade 3
      • Program Administration
      • Infant Family Studies
      • Social Work (Home Visiting/FIT Program)

          Process for participating in this initiative:

          1. Complete the Bilingual and Indigenous Early Childhood Application no later than December 20, 2022 by 11:59p.m.; 
          2. Apply to the IHE chosen in the application, gain acceptance from that IHE, enroll in an eligible program/classes at that IHE; and 
          3. If applicable, apply to ECECD’s Scholarship (this will not impact your eligibility) 

          ECECD’s comprehensive early childhood scholarship program makes it possible for early childhood professionals to afford the time and expense of taking coursework that leads to credentials and degrees. 


          Casey L. Lafferty MS. ECEd.
          FOCUS – TQRIS Manager
          Quality Initiatives Bureau

          Mobile: 505-629-9483

          Participating Higher Education Institutions

          Please note: Eligible applicants must also apply to their chosen university or college after completing the application. Students who do not gain acceptance, or are disenrolled for any reason, from their chosen university or college are not eligible for this grant opportunity. 

          • Central New Mexico Community College
          • Dine College
          • Dona Ana Community College
          • Eastern New Mexico University
          • Luna Community College
          • Navajo Technical University
          • New Mexico Junior College
          • New Mexico Highlands University
          • Northern New Mexico College
          • San Juan Community College
          • Santa Fe Community College
          • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
          • University of New Mexico Taos
          • Western New Mexico University