Eligibility Requirements for FOCUS Participation

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


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