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.