The website was created in 1996 as a portal for New Mexico families and early care and education personnel to find information for early childhood professional development, training and technical assistance, child care referrals and child development information. The primary goals of the website are:
  • To assist the Children, Youth and Families Department, Office of Child Development (OCD) in its statutorily authorized mission of implementing a statewide system of professional development for those working with children from birth through eight years of age and their families and those working with children and families in before and after school care programs.
  • To support New Mexico’s Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System, FOCUS.
  • To support families in their search for child development information and referrals to state registered or licensed child care providers.
  • To provide links to early childhood partner organizations and agencies that offer information and resources related to early learning.
The NewMexicoKids IT team at the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education has primary responsibility for the design and updating of the website, in close consultation with the Office of Child Development, Early Childhood Division of the Children, Youth and Families Department.