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News and Announcements

Major Expansions on Child Care Assistance Eligibility and Increased Rates

6-Jul-21
On Thursday, July 1, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced significant increases in child care assistance rates. New Mexico is the first state in the nation to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care to use a cost estimation model to inform its child care assistance rate setting. 
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Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Regional and Statewide Sessions

5-Mar-21
New Mexico’s Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) invites you to join us for regional and statewide sessions to provide feedback on the state’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for 2022-2024. CCDF funds provide access to child care for eligible families, growth and quality improvement opportunities for providers, and resources to help families find child care that meets their needs. All meetings will be held virtually via zoom. Interpretation services, Spanish and ASL, will be available for all sessions.
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Two New Grants Through ECECD

3-Mar-21
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) has recently opened applications for two grants: Home Visiting Grants and the New Mexico Child Care Health and Safety Grants.
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State of New Mexico expands access to child care assistance for families

2-Mar-21
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD), the state agency responsible for administering the child care assistance program for New Mexican families, published updated regulations governing child care assistance yesterday. ECECD aims to ensure that all New Mexican families and young children have access to high-quality and safe early child care opportunities, believing that early intervention, care, and monitoring are New Mexico’s best tools to address systemic issues such as juvenile justice, social and economic inequality, and generational poverty.
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CACFP COVID-19 Waiver Request - January 13, 2021

14-Jan-21
CACFP COVID-19 Waiver Request - January 13, 2021. The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. The purpose of this waiver is to request approval to readjust the ECECD’s current monitoring schedule for Sponsoring and Independent Institutions in response to the COVID 19 public health crisis. On March 11, 2020, New Mexico State Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a State of Public Health Emergency for the State of New Mexico and the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health issue a Public Health Declaration on March 12, 2020 to limit mass gatherings due to COVID-19, among other restrictions enacted since the beginning of the pandemic. This waiver will not cost any additional administrative duties outside of the normal oversight that the USDA FNS already provides. Remote Monitoring conducted during FFY20 will be similar in scope and breadth as a review conducted in-person.
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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announces new Public Health Order

15-Nov-20
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new Public Health Order to go into effect on Monday, November 16, 2020.
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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is inviting New Mexico children to ask her questions about the COVID-19 pandemic

24-Aug-20
In September, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will host a Facebook Live event to answer questions from New Mexico's children. She will be talking about our shared experiences during COVID-19 and any concerns you may have. Please submit your questions in the form linked. If you or someone you know needs immediate support, please see the numbers at the bottom of the form.
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New Mexico ECECD Releases Child Care Support Fact Sheet

11-Aug-20
New Mexico's Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Releases the Child Care Support Fact Sheet for providers, family, friends, and neighbor providers, and more.
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Guía Para Convertirse en un Proveedor Temporal de Familia, Amigo y Vecino

6-Aug-20
Durante la declaración de salud de emergencia, el estado registrará temporalmente a proveedores de familia, amigos y vecinos (FFN por sus siglas en inglés). Estos proveedores pueden ser elegibles para recibir fondos de asistencia de cuidado infantil. Los proveedores temporales de FFN deberán completar una verificación de antecedentes, al igual que todos los miembros de la familia mayores de 18 años que vivan en su hogar. Los proveedores temporales de FFN también deberán completar una capacitación en salud y seguridad en línea de tres horas y una capacitación en CPR en línea.
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Guide to Becoming a Family Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Provider

6-Aug-20
During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) providers. These providers may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding. Temporary FFN providers will be required to complete a background check, as will all family members over the age of 18 living in their home. Temporary FFN providers will also be required to complete a three-hour online health and safety training and an online CPR training.
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Temporary Child Care Facility Waiver Request Form

6-Aug-20
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department has released a waiver request form to assist 3, 4, and 5 star licensed providers to open up a temporary facility to help address the public health emergency.
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Parents Reaching Out hosts webinars and workshops for parents, children, and families.

31-Jul-20
"Parents Reaching Out" would like to invite you, your family, and any other community members who might be interested, to join us at our upcoming workshops: Re-Entry Plan Guidelines for Schools (Friday August 7th 10:00 am –12:00 pm), Special Education Clinic with Disability Rights New Mexico (Tuesday August 11th 10:00am –12:00 pm and 1:00 –3:00 pm), and Q & A Session with Deborah Dominguez-Clark (Wednesday August 19th 10:00-11:00 am).
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New supplemental SNAP increases also being issued in July

30-Jun-20
New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of July, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced.
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Free Webinar: Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) June 17 at 3 p.m.

11-Jun-20
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) in an attempt to address many concerns expressed by the small business community around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief. Join with us to discuss the changes and how they will affect you and your business.
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Economic Recovery Council’s COVID-Safe Practices Subcommittee on Early Childhood Education and Care Holds Initial Meeting

14-May-20
In recent weeks, New Mexico’s Economic Recovery Council has established a range of subcommittees designed to formulate COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) for New Mexico’s various economic sectors.
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Gov. Lujan Grisham / Mark Shriver Op-Ed on Child Care in America

14-May-20
Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver published an op-ed about the challenges facing children in America – and the professionals who care for them. The op-ed draws heavily on our experiences here in New Mexico, and we’d be keen to hear your thoughts!
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Governor Extends Child Care Facilities Essential Business Status

7-May-20
Gov. Lujan Grisham’s newly-amended health order lists child care facilities as “essential” – and removes the requirement that they serve other essential businesses.
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Application for Child Care Wage Incentive Program Launched!

6-May-20
Find information and links to the application for the Wage Incentive Program currently being offered to Child Care Professionals, including part time staff, who are playing a vital role in continuing to serve our communities throughout the health care crisis.
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Release: State insurance office establishes COVID-19 health insurance coverage call center

1-May-20
The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance launched the toll-free call center on Friday. It will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. New Mexicans may call 1-833-415-0566 for information and answers.
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ECECD Launches Incentive Pay Program to Support Child Care Professionals During the Public Health Emergency

1-May-20
The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced that it will use a portion of its federal CARES Act stimulus funding to offer incentive pay to early childhood professionals who are working in centers that remain open during the public health emergency.
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Be Well New Mexico Insurance Coverage Flyer (English)

28-Apr-20
During the Pandemic, EVERYONE QUALIFIES for coverage. We will help you get covered for free or at a low-cost to you.
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Proposed Regulation Changes to 8.8.3 NMAC - Background Checks

28-Apr-20
Proposed regulation changes to 8.8.3 NMAC – CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND EMPLOYMENT HISTORY VERIFICATION: Notice of Rulemaking and Continued Public Rule Hearing
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Governor Extends Emergency Order to April 30th

7-Apr-20
With COVID-19 cases still rising in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday extended her public health emergency order and announced the extension of related public health orders to encourage social distancing and preserve safety equipment for health care workers. Per the order, all guidance and advisories issued by the governor and secretary of health are in effect through at least April 30.
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Plans to Protect, Feed, and Educate Children - and to Support Families - During Public Health Emergency

2-Apr-20
On Tuesday, New Mexico state agencies announced expanded plans for coordination during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The goal of these collaborative efforts is to ensure that children in New Mexico are protected, fed, and educated, and that families are supported, during this crisis.
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Governor: K-12 school closings must continue to prevent potential spread of COVID-19

27-Mar-20
New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced Friday.
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Governor Orders Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations

23-Mar-20
On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Enabling family, friends, and neighbors (FFN) to deliver paid child care services

18-Mar-20
During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers who may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding; interested parties can call 1-833-551-0518. Temporary FFN providers will be required to complete a background check, as will all family members over the age of 18 living in their home. Temporary FFN providers will also be required to complete a three-hour online health and safety training and an online CPR training.
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New Mexico to Order Additional Closures to limit spread of COVID-19

18-Mar-20
New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel will strengthen her previously issued public health order to include additional mandatory closures and guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico.
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#AllTogetherNM Here is How You Can Help Prevent During COVID-19

17-Mar-20
Many New Mexicans are asking how they can help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some suggestions from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state agency leaders involved in minimizing spread of the virus
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New Mexico Expands Child Care Eligibility, Guarantees Payment For Child Care Providers

15-Mar-20
In response to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s March 11 declaration of a public health emergency, the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) have made a series of temporary changes to New Mexico’s early childhood policies.
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New Mexico Equips Child Care Providers with Powerful Free Business Platform


The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) today announced it is partnering with Wonderschool, an innovative online platform that connects families to a diverse set of child care options and supports the providers, to launch a program to expand and streamline child care services across the state.
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