Scholarships

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Investing in early childhood professionals and their careers

The quality of New Mexico’s early childhood programs and statewide system depends upon the caring, knowledgeable people who work with children and families. This is why the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) provides scholarship opportunities to make it possible for early educators and care providers to afford coursework leading to advanced credentials and degrees.

Benefits
  • Scholarships are available to meet the needs of early childhood education and care professionals at all levels.
  • Scholarship Coaches assist scholars along their career pathway.
  • Create a personalized professional development plan.
  • Awards include one year of funding with the possibility of renewal.
Eligibility

Scholarships are based on a cost-share model and are open to New Mexico early childhood educators, administrators, and program directors who:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED/HSE).
  • Are enrolled in a qualifying New Mexico higher education institution working toward an early childhood education degree or New Mexico Child Development Certificate.
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a:
    • New Mexico licensed child care program;
    • State-funded PreK or early PreK program, such as Early Head Start and Head Start; or
    • State-funded home visiting or Family Infant Toddler (FIT) program.
How to Get Access
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CONTACT:

Rhonda L. Montoya, MSW
Early Childhood Quality Administrator

Rhonda.Montoya@state.nm.us
505-470-7029

Available Scholarships

Associate’s Degree / Certificate Scholarshsip
Supports:
  • An Associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education or New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC)
  • Home Visitors pursuing an AA in early childhood education, social work, counseling, or related courses
Covers:
  • 100% of tuition
  • 100% of books
Sponsoring Program/Employer Responsibility:
  • Weekly release time for scholar to attend class
Scholar Responsibility:
  • Travel expenses
  • Minimum of six credit hours per contract year
  • C grade or higher in all classes
Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship
Supports:
  • Child care and PreK professionals pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in early childhood education, social work, counseling, or related courses
  • Home visitors pursuing a BA in early childhood education or social work
Covers:
  • 100% of tuition
  • 50% of books
Sponsoring Program/Employer Responsibility:
  • Weekly release time for scholar to attend class
Scholar Responsibility:
  • Travel expenses
  • Minimum of six credit hours per contract year
  • C grade or higher in all classes
Family Home Professional Scholarship
Supports:

Family/home child care professionals seeking

  • New Mexico Child Development Certificate (CDC)
  • Associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education or
  • Bachelor’s Degree
Covers:
  • 100% of tuition
  • 100% of books
Scholar Responsibility:
  • Travel expenses
  • Minimum of six credit hours per contract year
  • C grade or higher in all classes
Sponsoring Program/Employer Responsibility:
  • Weekly release time for scholar to attend class

Graduate-level scholarships may become available, depending upon funding.

Additional Scholarships from External Sources

Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Program

Support for a public education teacher preparation program at a New Mexico public post-secondary educational institution or a tribal college.

Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship

Scholarship opportunities for educational assistants attending a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico to earn a bachelor’s degree in education.

LANL Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships are available for qualified Northern New Mexican’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree, or professional certificate. Students must be a resident of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, or Taos County.