Information for Early Childhood Professionals

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Child Care Services

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Early Childhood Special Education

Early Head Start/Head Start


Head Start provides financial opportunities for educators to gain additional training in a variety of areas while working. These opportunities include child development, health, nutrition, disabilities, mental health, community resources, and more.
Parents and former students also have the opportunity to volunteer and become educators with Head Start.

Families FIRST Program

How to Access the Service:

Providers are welcome to refer any family that they feel would benefit from Families FIRST services; Families FIRST partners with programs like WIC, SNAP, and Text4baby. Contact Families FIRST representatives at 1-877-842-4152.

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Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

The Family Infant Toddler (FIT) program provides a statewide early intervention system in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C. FIT provides early intervention services to over 14,000 children from birth to age three who have or are at risk of developmental delay—as well as their families.


Please see the FIT Providers list (uploaded Nov. 9, 2021) for current providers and their contact information. These agencies are funded through a combination of state and federal funds, including Medicaid, IDEA Part C, and private health insurance.

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Program Specific COVID-19 Guidance

Family Infant Family Toddler (FIT) COVID-19 Guidance: In-Person Guidance for Early Intervention Sessions. 

  • Click to download: English 
  • Uploaded January 12, 2022

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      Home Visiting

      Program Specific COVID-19 Guidance

      Home Visiting COVID-19 Guidance: COVID-Safe Practices for New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) In-Person Service Delivery Guidance for Home Visiting Agencies.

      • Click to download: English
      • Uploaded January 20, 2022