Thank you to everyone who participated in the engagement process around early childhood in 2019!
The Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment designed by the New Mexico Preschool Development Grant Birth through 5 (PDG B-5) Leadership Team, comprised of early childhood leadership from The NM Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, CYFD, DOH and PED, and conducted by the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP), has concluded. You can find the Executive Summary here.
We are now developing an actionable 3-year Strategic Plan for early childhood in New Mexico. This is funded by a federal grant which came along at a perfect time as our state prepares one of the biggest changes in this area in years. In July 2020, the new, cabinet-level Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) for the State of New Mexico will begin operations. Please see our overview document of the Goals and Duties of the new ECECD.
The Governor and Legislature are committed to creating greater progress and opportunities for our youngest children. We are committed to supporting this work through deep listening in communities coupled with smart suggestions to weave together a great, culturally responsive, action plan for New Mexico.
Please see our Timeline and Process Map for an overview of the elements which are going into the Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan.
Our Core Team for the Strategic Plan is made up of:
● The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership
● The Native American Budget and Policy Institute at UNM
● The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at Highlands University
● The State of New Mexico: Children, Youth and Families Division; Department of Health; Public Education Department
● Local stakeholders and community members and more!
We are truly grateful for the educators and professionals, parents and family members, business people, elected officials, and other community members who have helped to move this process forward. None of this will be easy, but we know we have an incredible opportunity to make a difference for New Mexico’s kids if we work together. So, let’s be brave, bold, and creative and let’s do great work. Thank you for all you do for our youngest children!
The Early Childhood Strategic Plan Development Team –
The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, The Native American Budget and Policy Institute, and The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations