Baji Rankin, Executive Director of NMAEYC (left) with Claire Dudley Chavez from United Way of Santa Fe County
The Senate Public Affairs Committee endorsed a bill to set up standards for child care accountability on Tuesday, March 3. The original bill was re-drafted to reflect changes made since the original filing. Therefore, the substitute for... Read Article
Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, left, with Dan Ritchey, T.E.A.C.H., INCENTIVE$ Project Director
Amendments have been introduced to the state budget to provide additional money for INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplements and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships.
Please urge members of the Senate Finance Committee to support the amendments,... Read Article
Image from Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth
The state is offering child care assistance to more than 1,000 additional children according to an article in New Mexico In Depth by Heath Haussamen. New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) indicates that it now has the funds to clear a waiting list of 1,119 children... Read Article
Sahara Butler (left), NMAEYC's INCENTIVE$ Outreach Director, with Sen. Nancy Rodriguez at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, NM.
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 11, tabled a bill to allocate $400,000 more for the INCENTIVE$ pay supplement program, though comments by legislators appeared favorable and questions were mostly for clarification.... Read Article
The House Appropriations and Finance Committee welcomed the new Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) secretary Monday with praise for her previous work in the Tourism Department and was in agreement with her about the critical need to recruit and retain child protective services staff, partly by reducing caseloads.
Secretary-designate Monique Jacobson promised to... Read Article
Kelly Klundt of Legislative Finance Committee (LFC), left, looks over budget figures with Secretary Monique Jacobson
A Senate committee welcomed the new secretary-designate of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) on Jan. 27, with several members expressing great confidence in her. They had been pleased with Monique Jacobson’s... Read Article
Janeth Alvidrez shown above works at The Children’s Center on Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, NM and is an INCENTIVE$ participant.
The House Education Committee passed legislation Wednesday calling for adding $400,000 to the INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplement program. The vote was 12 to 1, with Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, a Republican of... Read Article
Legislation to allocate an additional $400,000 for INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplements will be considered by the Senate Education Committee tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 11) at 8:30 a.m. in Room 311 of the Roundhouse.
Please call or email members of the committee today if you have a chance and leave a simple message at their Roundhouse office – to support Senate Bill 86 and... Read Article
A legislative report highlighted progress that has been made in early childhood services in recent years and called for steady increases in funding for home visiting, NM PreK, and K-3rd Grade Plus in coming years, while cautioning that accountability must be strengthened and gaps in service or duplication of efforts addressed.
With child care assistance, the report said... Read Article
Authored by Dan Ritchey
The Rotunda of the Roundhouse was packed Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — all seats taken and hardly any standing room — as a chant was raised: “Who counts?” the speaker shouted. “Kids count,” was the audience’s loud response... Read Article