We Need You for New Mexico’s Kids!

Help Shape the Statewide Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan for Early Childhood in 2019 

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) is partnering with the State of New Mexico to conduct an Early Learning Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan and we need everyone to engage so we can do the best work for kids and families. It’s simple to stay up to date with what’s going on, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newmexicoearlychildhood/ and/or sign up for email updates!

Community Conversations

NMECDP is holding Community Conversations across the state. Surrounding communities and counties, and committed people from all over, are invited to attend: 

  • Alamogordo
  • Albuquerque
  • Deming
  • Española
  • Farmington
  • Gallup
  • Hobbs
  • Las Cruces
  • Las Vegas
  • Raton
  • Roswell
  • Socorro

(locations not listed in order)

We cannot do this without your input. We want to hear from anyone and everyone about New Mexico’s early childhood programs, systems, and budget from the state. That includes families, teachers, professionals, activists, members of the business community and more. Sign up for updates about Community Conversations or to take the statewide survey when it is released.

For a more detailed summary of the funding of this work, please
see the Detailed Grant Information page.

The Process to Develop the Statewide Needs Assessment & 3-Year Strategic Plan for Early Childhood in New Mexico

Part I: The Needs Assessment 

The Needs Assessment process brings together different information and community engagement. This includes:

  • Existing Research and Data: Existing and previous developed plans for early childhood will be compiled and crosswalked in an inventory of research and current data.
  • Community Conversations: Open community engagement sessions held in 11 locations throughout New Mexico.
  • Focus Groups: Active early childhood groups, underrepresented groups, tribal governments, and other key stakeholders will be targeted for focus groups.
  • Key Informant Interviews: Leaders and experts will be interviewed individually.
  • Statewide Survey: A statewide survey will be available online.

Together, all of this information will be synthesized into the Needs Assessment which will be groups in four areas: equitable access,  workforce, governance, and funding.

Part II: The 3-Year Strategic Plan

After the Needs Assessment is completed, the Team will develop the 3-Year Strategic Plan with the State’s Grant Leadership Team. The Strategic Plan is meant to inform the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department in New Mexico.

More about the PDG B-5 grant

If you want  more in-depth information about what the grant requires and what goes into it, please read the Detailed Grant Information page.