Child Care Summit Synopsis
On Saturday, August 29, 2015, 75 educators and policy makers including the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Secretary Monique Jacobson, CYFD Director of Early Childhood Services Division Steve Hendrix, and NM Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, gathered together at the NM Child Care Policy Summit. The aim of the summit was to explore together how to strengthen and improve child care in NM. The Committee for Economic Development (CED) was present and supported this event through a small grant and through their participation and leadership with Cindy Cisneros who gave background information about CED and their support for early childhood in NM. Grace Reef, a CED consultant, shared information about the Reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Grace let us know what some other states are doing, and recognized NM for the strong work already in place for child care.
CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson
The meeting opened with the Monique Jacobson presenting the mission of CYFD – to improve the quality of life for children in NM – and then included more specifics about CYFD’s values and strategic goals, pointing out the core function and importance of child care to CYFD’s work. This was well-received by the early childhood stakeholders in the audience as demonstrated by a warm and enthusiastic standing ovation! Steve Hendrix then spoke about early learning in NM, with a focus on the substantial work already in place that is required by the Reauthorization of CCDBG. Again, his information was well-received as early childhood educators and advocates understood more about CYFD’s work in this area.
The afternoon had five significant work groups on topics vital to child care.
• Strengthening Payment Practices
• Shared Messaging
• Strengthening Community Partnerships
• How Child Care can Serve Special Populations
• Shared Services
These plans will also be reported to CYFD for ongoing exchange and work!
This event started out initiated by NMAEYC and NMCCEA and ended up in an enthusiastic and growing partnership with CYFD, among early childhood advocates and with CED. As Steve Hendrix mentioned several times, this will be the first of many Annual Child Care Policy Summits!
Child Care Summit Powerpoints
- Grace Reef - CCDBG Opportunities, Challenges, and Work Needed
- Steve Hendrix - Child Care in New Mexico
Committee for Economic Development Reports and Documents
- Child Care in State Economies - Executive Summary
- Child Care in State Economies
- New Mexico Fact Sheet and Talking Points
- New Mexico Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Overview