May 2023 Regional Childcare News

May 2023 Regional Childcare News
Posted on 05/01/2023
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May Regional Early Childhood News
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Search for New Mexico Early Childhood Services!

Services include Home Visiting Programs, Registered Home Child Care, Early Intervention Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, New Mexico PreK, and Special Education Preschool. Enter an address to search, or click on a card to see specific programs! Click HERE.


The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Home Visiting program provides New Mexico families a Safe Sleep Baby Kit containing materials to foster a Safe Sleep environment in a variety of spaces. Our purpose is to provide all families in New Mexico access to and awareness of a Safe Sleep environment in a way that is respectful, culturally responsive, equitable, and informed.

The Safe Sleep Baby Kit is free to expectant parents and caregivers of new babies regardless of income, citizenship status, or family structure.

To find a local Home Visiting program and arrange for your FREE kit, visit our Early Childhood Education and Family Supports Portal by entering an address, or call 1-800-691-9067.


Tips by Text is a text-messaging program designed to help parents and caregivers get their child ready for kindergarten.

How does Tips by Text work?

Caregivers who sign up for Tips by Text will receive text messages for about 11 months (around October through August). The text messages will provide caregivers with information on how to support their child’s development and kindergarten readiness. Parents do not need to buy anything to participate in Tips by Text. The texts are informative and fun, and they take advantage of existing family routines, items around the house, and events in the community.
Receive three text messages a week and respond to three longer surveys and periodic short surveys.  Families will receive a $25 Walmart merchandise card in recognition of the time required to complete the three longer surveys, and a smaller Walmart gift card for completing the short surveys.

Sign up HERE.



Bubble, Bubble Virtual Teacher Workshop, Thursday May 4, 2-4 pm.

Explore the power of surface tension as you try out a variety of wands, build bubble sculptures, create bubble art, and observe colors in bubbles in this STEAM-rich workshop. FREE with registration; 2 CEU credits.  More info HERE.


Our communities now have Early Childhood Coalitions with new strategic plans.  They are mentored by the Family Development Program through UNM.  One of their resources is the Early Childhood Leadership Tool Kit that comes from more than 3 decades of work in New Mexico to promote community health councils, community-based leadership and collaborative skills for effectively working together for early childhood systems change.  This comprehensive FREE resource can be accessed  HERE.



Grants and $$ Opportunities

Early Childhood  Scholarships, Payment Incentives, and Mentor Network Programs are all accepting applications.  Find out more HERE.


Are you writing for grants?  NMAEYC has gathered links to New Mexico fact sheets created by national organizations in one, easy-to-find and easy-to-access location that ca help you in this endeavor.  Access them HERE.

On Thursday, May 4h from 3:30pm-4:30pm, Anna Marie Garcia will be presenting Uplifting You: Self-Care Training. This training will give you a basic understanding of the importance of self-care and how self-care is linked to mental health. Here is the  registration link : Uplifting You: Self-Care Training Registration Link
 Kathy Price - Regional Childcare Coordinator
Serving parents, providers, schools, businesses and communities in the following school districts:

Central, Farmington, Bloomfield, Aztec, Gallup, Grants, Zuni, Dulce, Chama Valley, Mesa Vista, Questa, Taos, Jemez Mountain, Jemez Valley, Española, Peñasco, Cuba, Los Alamos, Pojoaque,  Bernalillo, and  Rio Rancho.

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