You’re invited! Early Childhood Day 2023

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You’re invited to join the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) in Celebrating Early Childhood: The Most Critical Learning Years. ECECD will offer activities for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, including face art, crafts, photobooth, snacks and more! Tour toddler and outdoor classrooms, sit in on storytime with legislators, and visit exhibitors specializing in programs for families. Free parking available at 420 Galisteo St. Guests to the Roundhouse must complete a security screening via a metal detector.

  • View and share the English/Spanish flyer here.
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Celebrating Early Childhood: The Most Critical Learning Years
Tuesday, February 28th – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda, Santa Fe, NM

8:00 a.m. – Event opens to the public:

  • ECECD and external partners host tables with information on early childhood programs and services, children’s activities, snacks, and prizes for families and young children
  • Indoor and outdoor toddler classrooms set up for play and exploration

9:00 a.m. – Story time with Sen. Michael Padilla
11:00 a.m. – Story time with Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena
11:30 a.m. – Story time with Sen. Harold Pope
12:00 p.m. – Keynote and Press Conference in the Rotunda:

    • Welcome from ECECD Secretary Groginsky 
    • Premiere of Episode 2 of The Early Show with Alax 
    • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham 
    • Proclamation honoring Elcin Bahadirli, a NM early educator who passed away in the recent earthquake in Turkey  
    • 2023 NM Teacher of the Year Tara Hughes 

 2:00pm – Conclude, break down tables/classrooms