SB-22, The Early Childcare and Education Department, and New Mexico’s Early Childhood Services
In early 2019, the New Mexico Legislature passed the bill SB-22, which was then signed into law by Governor Lujan Grisham. The Early Childhood Education and Care Department Act transfers responsibility for most early childhood programs in New Mexico to the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department.
The Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan under the Pre-School Development Grant - Birth to 5
As part of the Preschool Development Grant, Birth-to-Five, the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) is partnering with the State of New Mexico to develop an Early Learning Needs Assessment, and a 3-Year Strategic Plan, which will plot the course of Early Childcare and Education Department’s work. The funding for this began with a federal Pre-school Development grant to New Mexico for $5.4 million. The state conducted a competitive proposal process and selected NMECDP as the partner for the Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan because of our relationships and local engagement experience in communities throughout New Mexico.
There are many activities under the grant beyond the Early Learning Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan they are detailed at https://www.earlylearningnm.org/pdg-b-5.