FAQs

Access (1)

Site Access issues; ID and Password

Provide user information from the organization to ticketing system (http://nmecsc.org/support/), ECSC will create a username and password to the system.

CCRnR (3)

Child Care Resource & Referral

NewMexicoKids Child Care Resource & Referral maintains a statewide database of child care providers that are licensed or registered by recognized regulatory agencies in the state of New Mexico and continue to maintain their status with their respective regulatory agency. This database is used to provide courtesy referrals to anyone who requests at no cost to either child care providers or referral clients. Child care providers share the information that is included in the database and that information is used to help refer families to providers that might meet the needs of their children. Child care providers and their information appears on this list on a voluntary basis.


Inclusion in the referral database maintained by NewMexicoKids Child Care Resource & Referral is not a recommendation or an endorsement of any child care provider. A listing in the database is not a guarantee that the provider is appropriate for a certain child or meets any quality standards. The CCR&R staff do not monitor and cannot guarantee that information provided by a listed child care provider is correct and factual. Parents and guardians are encouraged to educate themselves about quality child care and to determine the appropriateness of child care providers through on-site visits, interviews, and other means.

Parents/guardians are also provided with links to Child Care Licensing and Registration regulations and other information in quality including the “Parents Guide to Selecting Quality Child Care”.


  1. Start Early
    Finding the right child care option takes time so families must start their child care search as far in advance as possible.
  2. Make Contact
    Families can visit this site to search for child care online or they can call 505-277-7900 in the Albuquerque area or statewide at 1-800-691-9067.
  3. Visit, Ask Questions & Make a Choice
    Families should visit the child care options they are considering and ask questions pertaining to issues that are important to them. Make more than one visit to the program before making a final decision.
  4. Stay Involved
    Stay involved at every level of your child’s care and educational experiences regardless of the type of setting (center, in-home, pre-school, etc.)

Contents (1)

Contents update request

Please post the updates to ECSC ticketing system (http://nmecsc.org/support/) or use the Help Center, ECSC will update that to the website.

FOCUS (3)

New Mexico’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS), provides early childhood program personnel with the criteria, tools, and resources they need to improve the quality of their programs. These quality improvements focus on children’s growth, development, and learning – so that each child has an equitable opportunity to be successful when entering school.
To be eligible for FOCUS, programs must meet and maintain the following: Licensing 1. Child care programs must be licensed by the State of New Mexico and show evidence of substantial compliance with state licensing regulations. 2. Head Start and other early care and education programs operated by the military, tribal programs, and others must show substantial compliance with their regulatory agency. Program 1. Program must agree to implement the New Mexico Authentic Observation Documentation Curriculum Development Process as defined using the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines: Birth through Kindergarten. 2. Program must agree to implement the Guiding Principles for the Full Participation of Young Children, Birth through Age Eight, in New Mexico’s Early Learning System. 3. Program must engage in the ongoing Leadership and Continuous Quality Improvement process. Site Director and Educators 1. Site Director must meet director qualifications in the Child Care Licensing Regulations without licensing waivers, variances, or exemptions. 2. All educators working directly with children employed after the FOCUS letter of agreement has been signed must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Data Reporting 1. Program must meet all FOCUS reporting requirements and ensure that the required data is current. This includes, but is not limited to, program data, classroom data, educator data, and child data using the FOCUS database system. Fair Labor Standards Act 1. Director/Owner must provide signed acknowledgment stating that they are knowledgeable of all applicable regulations in the federal Fair Labor Standards
New Mexico is committed to creating and sustaining an early learning system that focuses on building high-quality, comprehensive, community programs that form a continuum of integrated services. This commitment reflects the goal adopted by the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council that, “every child in New Mexico will have an equal opportunity for success in school, based on equitable access to an aligned and high-quality early learning system.”

Look for the Stars (3)

child care quality rating improvement system (QRIS) with five levels.

Look for the STARS is a child care quality rating improvement system (QRIS) with five levels. The higher the STAR level, the higher the level of quality.

Star programs must meet minimum licensing regulations and each progressive Star Level requires a provider to continue to meet higher quality standards in the areas of staff training and education, environment, daily learning activities, family involvement, assessment, ratios and group size.

A license with five stars indicates that the child care program is nationally accredited and has met the higest level of quality.


The number of stars on a child care program’s license tells you the level of quality criteria that program has met. a license will have two, three, four, or five filled-in stars on it. Star ratings are posted at your local program’s facilities.


To help parents identify quality child care programs, to encourage programs to continue to improve their quality of care and to recognize programs that provide quality child care.


Process (3)

Here at NewMexicoKids Network, we approve trainers. We do not approve the trainings they provide. Licensing approves them. Please contact the office:

Child Care Licensing Offices

Child Care Licensing – Northern Region
  • Melissa Romero, Supervisor
  • 1920 5th Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
  • Phone (505) 476‐5510
  • Fax (505) 827‐4250
  • Includes Cibola, McKinley, San Juan, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax, Harding, Union, Santa Fe, Taos, Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos Counties
Child Care Licensing – Central Region
  • Peggy Martin, Supervisor
  • 3401 Pan American Freeway NE Albuquerque, NM 87107
  • Phone (505) 841‐4827
  • Fax (505) 841‐4826
  • Includes Bernalillo, Torrance, Sandoval, Valencia and Socorro Counties
Child Care Licensing – Southeast Region
  • James Goehring, Supervisor
  • #4 Grande Avenue Plaza, Suite A Roswell, NM 88202
  • Phone (575) 625‐1078
  • Fax (575) 625‐6748
  • Includes Quay, Guadalupe, Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt, Chaves, Lea, and Eddy Counties
Child Care Licensing – Southwest Region
  • Mary Arrey , Supervisor
  • 760 Motel Boulevard, Suite B Las Cruces, NM 88005
  • Phone (575) 373‐6609
  • Fax (575) 373‐6648
  • Includes Dona Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Catron, Luna, Sierra, Otero and Lincoln Counties

Criteria for Trainer Approval The purpose of the Trainer Registry is to: • Ensure that early care professionals receive instruction by qualified individuals based on the seven competency areas (refer to page 2 & page 3). • Establish policies and procedures for the current regulations. See more…
  1. Start Early: Finding the right child care option takes time so families must start their child care search as far in advance as possible.
  2. Make Contact: Families can SEARCH HERE or they can call (505) 277-7900 in the Albuquerque area or statewide at 1-800-691-9067.
  3. Visit, Ask Questions & Make a Choice: Families should visit the child care options they are considering and ask questions pertaining to issues that are important to them. Make more than one visit to the program before making a final decision. Review CYFD inspection reports on licensed programs to help you make the best decision for your family.

 
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