Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council

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About the Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council 

January 24, 2022

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) welcomed the Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council, which will further the governor’s priority to create a more cohesive, equitable, and family-centered early childhood education and care system in New Mexico.

“This Council will engage with a wide range of stakeholders to build upon our ongoing work to create the most accessible, supportive, and successful early childhood system in the country,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “We are thrilled to launch this new advisory council and look forward to many years of productive partnership with its members.”

This Council replaces the Early Learning Advisory Council. New Mexico is required by federal law to have a state advisory early childhood council – this Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council fulfills this requirement and aligns with the Department’s Five-Year Strategic Plan.

“I am excited to learn from this knowledgeable, diverse, and committed group of individuals,” said Elizabeth Groginsky, Secretary of ECECD. “I look forward to partnering with them to improve outcomes for families and young children.”

Council Members:

Public Comment Information

Individuals are invited to provide oral or written public comment at regular and special meetings of the Council. The Council will hear comments from the public pertaining to topics related to agenda items. Individuals are limited to three minutes each. 

To sign up for public comment, an individual may: 

  • Email holly.bacon@ececd.nm.gov, or
  • Type in the chat of the Zoom meeting that you would like to sign up for public comment (if you are attending virtually); 
  • or sign up in person at the meeting on the registration sheet.
The Council’s ex officio members:
  • Patrick Allen, Department of Health Cabinet Secretary
  • Alanna Dancis, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Assistance Division, Human Services Department
  • Elizabeth Groginsky, Cabinet Secretary of ECECD
  • Mariana Padilla, Director of Governor Lujan Grisham’s Children’s Cabinet
  • Stephanie Rodriguez, Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Department
  • Casey Lafferty, ECECD Deputy Division Director of Policy, Research, and Quality Initiatives, and New Mexico Head Start State Collaboration Director
  • Dr. Arsenio Romero Cabinet Secretary of Public Education Department 
  • Teresa Casados, Cabinet Secretary of Children, Youth, & Families Department
Additional Council Members:
  • Zach Ben, Parent Representative
  • Rob Black, President, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Lula Mae Brown, Director of Early Childhood Services for ENMRSH, Inc
  • Robert Chavez, CEO of Youth Development Incorporated
  • Daisy Lira, City Council Woman, District 2 of Sunland Park
  • Brian Luck, Superintendent, Roswell Independent School District
  • Dr. Cindy Martinez, Dean of Early Childhood for Western New Mexico University
  • Lakersha Martinez, Bridges to Opportunity Director, Growing Up New Mexico
Additional Council Members:
  • Dr. Corrine Sanchez, Executive Director for Tewa Women United
  • Crystal Tapia-Romero, Owner/Operator of New Mexico Early Learning Academy
  • Amber Wallin, Executive Director for New Mexico Voices for Children
  • Teresa Quintana
  • Mayra Lovas, Vice President of Grants JF Maddox Foundation
  • Allen Sanchez, President of CHI St. Joseph’s Children

Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council Subcommittee​s

Click the meeting tabs below to learn about the subcommittee’s description, members, and meeting details. 

Public-Private Partnership Purpose Statement: To advocate and promote access to equitable delivery of early childhood programs and services through strategic investments and partnerships in infrastructure (e.g. facilities, professional development, technical assistance etc.) that aligns with the needs of communities and enhances the capacity of private, non- and for-profit entities, public agencies, and Tribal nations to deliver high quality services.

  • Chair: Elizabeth Groginsky     
  • Vice Chair: Allen Sanchez           
  • ECECD Staff Support: Holly Bacon
  • Council Members: Mayra Lovas, Teresa Quintana, Rob Black, Dr. Corrine Sanchez and Lula Mae Brown
  • Non-Council Members: Katie Wylie, Natasha Gacinski, Elizabeth Wieser, Kristi McBride, Barbara Tedrow, and Jenn Donelli

 

Program Quality and Accountability Purpose Statement: The purpose of this committee is to explore and advise on processes of quality and accountability across ECECD’s programs to ensure clear, consistent, and reasonable expectations with measurable standards and targeted supports for early childhood professionals.

  • Chair: Cindy Martinez   
  • Vice Chair: Daisy Lira
  • ECECD Staff Support: Sara Mickelson
  • Council Members: Lakersha Martinez, and Shana Runck
  • Non-Council Members: Evakristel De Luna, Rosa Hammond, Sondra Carpenter, Anel Zamora, Alice Peos, Ruth Porta, Holly Gurule, and Valerie Stefani

 

Early Childhood Professionals Purpose Statement: The purpose of this committee is to actively support and promote mechanisms for recruitment, fostering inclusivity and diversity in the field of early childhood education. By engaging with the community and listening to their needs, we aim to remove barriers and create a welcoming environment for aspiring educators. Our committee will collaborate with ECECD, sharing valuable feedback and well-informed recommendations, ultimately influencing policy, and implementing effective programs that support and elevate early childhood education.

  • Chair: Crystal Tapia-Romero      
  • Vice Chair: Robert Chavez    
  •  ECECD Staff Support: Casey Lafferty
  • Council Members: Brian Luck
  • Non-Council Members: April Spaulding, Kristeena Dehne, Robin Goodnight, Carmen Estrella Trigo Martinez, Merline Gallegos, Angela Garcia, Margo Dichtelmiller, Anne Duran, Yolanda Philgreen, and Donna Fletcher

    Data, Infrastructure, and Analysis Purpose Statement: Connect, promote, share, and champion actionable data, data systems, and information in the spirit of inclusion and collaboration to understand and communicate state early childhood needs and help drive state-level policy, funding and infrastructure that supports incredible opportunities in improving outcomes for New Mexico children, families, and early childhood professionals.

    • Chair: Amber Wallin     
    • Vice Chair: Mariana Padilla      
    • ECECD Staff Support: Karen Cann
    • Council Members: Alanna Dancis
    • Non-Council Members: Erica Surova, Jennifer Marquez, Norma Ochoa, Tara Terry Voit, Jackie Shipley, Melissa Scott, Lisa Shaanan, and Helen Ortega

      2024 Upcoming Meetings 

      • Click the dates below for meeting details (in-person location and Zoom link).
      • All meetings will be hybrid (meeting dates are subject to change). Spanish interpretation is offered via Zoom. 

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      Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. in Portales, NM

      In-Person Location:

      TBD

      Zoom Details:

      Topic: Advisory Council Meeting
      Time: Mar 13, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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      Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. in Albuquerque, NM

      In-Person Location:

      CNM Workforce Training Center                    5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE
      Albuquerque, NM 87113, Room 207

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      Topic: Advisory Council Meeting
      Time: May 22, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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      Wednesday, July 24, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. in Farmington

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      Topic: Advisory Council Meeting
      Time: Jul 24, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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      Wednesday, September 18, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. in Albuquerque, NM

      In-Person Location:

      CNM Workforce Training Center                    5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE
      Albuquerque, NM 87113, Room 207

      Zoom Details:

      Topic: Advisory Council Meetings
      Time: Sep 18, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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      Wednesday, November 13, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. in Las Cruces , NM

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      TBD

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      Topic: Advisory Council Meeting
      Time: Nov 13, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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      Wednesday, December 11, 2024 from 1-4 p.m. in Albuquerque, NM

      In-Person Location:

      CNM Workforce Training Center                    5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE
      Albuquerque, NM 87113, Room 207

      Zoom Details:

      Topic: Advisory Council Meeting
      Time: Dec 11, 2024 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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      Meeting ID: 838 4365 5907

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      Executive Order 2023-59

      The amended executive order establishing the Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council.

      Advisory Council Contact Information

      Holly Bacon
      Early Childhood Council Coordinator 
      Email: holly.bacon@ececd.nm.gov

      Early Childhood Education and Care Advisory Council Materials Library