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Child Care Services

Mission:

To ensure equal access to high-quality, healthy, safe, and supportive child care environments.

Why it’s important:

The Child Care Services Bureau (CCSB) administers the Child Care Assistance and the Child Care Regulatory Oversight programs. The child care assistance program helps parents/legal guardians who are working, going to school or in a job training program with child care expenses.

The Regulatory Oversight Unit ensures that licensed child care centers and homes and registered homes provide a quality, safe, and healthy environment for children. In collaboration with other ECECD offices, the Child Care Services Bureau plans and coordinates quality child care services (including training, technical assistance, health and safety, and monitoring) and works to build child care capacity statewide.

Who / what age groups it’s for:

Children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years, or up to 18 years if special supervision is required.

How people can access the service:

For Child Care Assistance families are encouraged to apply online through Am I Eligible. You may also call or visit a Child Care Services Bureau field office. You will need to provide the following information when you apply for services:

  • Current proof of earned and unearned income (including child support income) for applicant and biological parent, step-parent, and/or legal guardian living in the household (if applicable).
  • School schedule, if applicable, for applicant and biological parent, step-parent, and/or legal guardian living in the household (if applicable)
  • Verification of birth for all applicant children.
  • Proof of residency
  • Name, address and phone number of the child care provider selected (for new registered home providers, the provider’s social security card and picture ID are needed).

If you need help selecting a child care provider, please call Child Care Resource and Referral at 1-800-691-9067.

To learn more about becoming a Licensed / Registered home or center to provide child care please, click here.

What (if anything) it costs:

The Child Care Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of child care for families. In order to receive Child Care Assistance, you may be required to pay a portion of your child care bill. This is called a copay, and it is based on your income and family size.

To qualify, your family must be:

  • At or below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and
  • Working and/or in school and have a need for child care.

Once your family is determined eligible for Child Care Assistance, you remain eligible until your income exceeds 250% of FPL. This means that if your income increases modestly, you won’t automatically lose your Child Care Assistance eligibility.
The amount of assistance your family receives—called a subsidy—will vary depending upon the age of the child, the type of child care setting, and the rating of the child care program (as determined by the Look for the STARS Quality Rating System).
To become a Licensed or Registered provider, there are fees that must be paid prior to being approved as a provider such as the Background Check processing fee and application fee.

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Background Check Process: Licensed/Registered Child Care Homes

Licensed/Registered Child Care Homes

ECECD Background Check Unit

PO Drawer 5619

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502

Fax: (505) 827-7422

En español: ECECD Licensed Home Application and the ECECD Registered Home Application.

Child Care Request for Transfer of Background Clearance

MISSION:

Families FIRST is a program within the Public Health Division which provides case management services. Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people of New Mexico.

Why it’s important:

The program assists clients in gaining access to medical, social and educational services that are necessary to foster positive pregnancy outcomes and promote healthy infants and children in New Mexico.

Who / what age groups it’s for:

Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and children 0–3 years.

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 including Women Infants & Children Program (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Text4baby.

Contact Families FIRST representatives at 1-877-842-4152.

What (if anything) it costs:

No cost.

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Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program Early Childhood Intervention

Mission

To provide families of infants and toddlers with or at-risk of developmental delays with high-quality early intervention supports and services that are:

  • Accessible — to all groups and communities in New Mexico;
  • Respectful — of individual and family choices, priorities, and cultural diversity; and
  • Family-centered — by working in partnership with families within their everyday routines, activities, and locations

Why it’s important

All children grow and develop at their own pace. However, sometimes children have special developmental needs or health concerns that may put them at risk for or cause a developmental delay. Early Intervention promotes child development and supports families whose child has or is at risk for a developmental disability or delay.

Who / what age groups it’s for:

New Mexico’s Early Intervention program for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, and their families.

How people can access the service:

If you or your child’s doctor, child care professional, or other provider are concerned about your child’s development, you can make a referral to the Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program. Contact the local FIT Provider agency in your county; they will set up a time to meet with you and then complete a developmental evaluation for your child. Please see the FIT Providers list for a current index of provider agencies.

What (if anything) it costs:

No cost

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Family Nutrition Bureau

MISSION:

To contribute to the healthy growth, development, and wellness of young children and adults through nutrition support services in the State of New Mexico.

Why it’s important:

The Family Nutrition Bureau administers two USDA Child Nutrition Programs which provide federal funds to participating institutions to initiate and maintain non-profit food service programs for eligible children and adults.


WHO / WHAT AGE GROUPS IT’S FOR:

The Summer Food Service Program serves children ages 1–18.

CACFP serves all ages, though some CACFP programs serve specific age groups.

How people can access the service:

Summer Food Service Program: Any eligible (age) child can access benefits and services by visiting a designated meal site listed by location during the hours of distribution.

CACFP benefits are available to all enrolled participants. Enrollment takes place through your child’s early childhood program, which include Head Start programs, child care centers, before- and after-school care programs, family child care home providers, PreK programs, emergency housing shelters, hospitals and clinics, schools, preschools, and adult day care facilities.

What (if anything) it costs:

Participation in the Summer Food Program is free unless the child is enrolled in a “closed enrolled site,” such as a summer camp. In this case, rates could be charged based on your family’s Income Eligibility Application.

Participation in CACFP is free unless your early childhood program has opted to use the pricing program provision. In programs that do charge for meals, parents must complete an Income Eligibility Application in order to qualify for free meals. Otherwise, parents are required to pay a fee—either a reduced rate or a full rate, depending on family income.

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Home Visiting

Mission:

Supporting New Mexico families to raise healthy, happy, successful children.

Why it’s important:

New Mexico provides a coordinated continuum of high-quality, community-driven, culturally and linguistically appropriate home visiting services that promote maternal, infant, and early childhood health, safety, development, and strong parent-child relationships. Home Visiting helps families to:

  • Gain knowledge regarding child development
  • Connect with community support services
  • Discover ways to support learning through play and interactions
  • Receive emotional support through challenges associated with raising a child
  • Access support to get out of dangerous or unhealthy situations

Who / what age groups it’s for:

Families with children prenatal through the first 5 years

How people can access the service:

Families interested in services can reach out directly to their local home visiting program to enroll. Contact information for local home visiting programs can be found on the New Mexico Kids website.

What (if anything) it costs:

No cost

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