One Time Incentive Payment for Child Care Professionals

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Update Nov 17, 2021: Help Desk Response Delays
We appreciate your patience as the Early Childhood Education and Care Department is in the process of resolving technical issues due to a high volume of inquiries related to the One Time Incentive Payments for Child Care Professionals grant application. Rest assured we are processing applications and inquiries as quickly as possible. We ask that you DO NOT send more than one email regarding your request. Please make sure that you include your full name, date of birth, program name, and program address to help us move more efficiently through your request. We will take initial steps within 7 business days to respond to your concern.
If you are experiencing application difficulties we’ve created a troubleshooting guide to assist applicants:
    The application will be open from November 1 – December 1, 2021

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is pleased to announce the One Time Incentive Payment for Child Care Professionals. This incentive opportunity is made possible via the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA), which includes federal funding for New Mexico to invest in its child care system and the professionals that provide safe, high-quality services to children and families. A strategic priority of ECECD is to advance a diverse, well-compensated, and credentialed workforce. 

The services child care professionals provide New Mexican families are extremely important and ECECD appreciates the work done to provide safe and high-quality services in child care settings. Child care staff who served children and families throughout the pandemic did so day-in, day-out in person. Telecare was not an option for these workers. This one-time incentive payment is a token of recognition and appreciation for the unique circumstances that professionals working in the child care setting experienced. This grant specifically recognizes the unique hardships that workers in the child care setting have endured day-in, day-out, during the pandemic.

The following information is needed to complete the application

You will need the following on file with ECECD’s Background Check Unit:

  • SSN or ITIN
  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number

Child care professional must submit:

  • EPICS Provider ID
  • Employment Information
    • Start date, Job title, Years worked in early child care and education programs

If awarded incentive pay, some of the information submitted on this application will be used by ECECD to create a W-9 form.

Eligible Child Care Professionals:

  • Child Care professionals employed with a licensed or registered provider
  • Eligible and up-to-date ECECD background check (open to all employees, including teachers, cooks, bus drivers, and administrative staff).

NON-ELIGIBLE Professionals:

  • Home Visitors
  • Early Intervention
  • Public Education Department (PED) programs

Incentive Payment Application

The grant application will be open Monday, November 1 through December 1, 2021.  The application must be completed by the child care professional.

The application is available in English and Spanish.


If you have any questions about eligibility, how to apply, etc, you may attend virtual office hours.

Additional November dates announced! 

Contact Information:


• Main line: (505) 236-4085
• Spanish line: (505) 539-4889

Awards and Payment

Incentive payments will be issued starting in mid-November:

  • Each awarded applicant will receive a one-time payment of $1,500.
  • Awardees are responsible for paying any local, state, or federal taxes related to this incentive. Awardees should consult their accountant or tax advisor.
  • Payment will be issued via paper check and sent to the mailing address indicated on the application.
  • Home providers will receive payments via direct deposit or paper check depending on your current financial information on record in EPICS.
  • ECECD is committed to ensuring a fair and simple distribution process.

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