Resources for Caregivers and Educators

A listing of New Mexico State Regulations regarding child care, facilities, and education standards among others.

Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), also known as the Federal Wage and Hour Law, regulates minimum wage, overtime, equal pay, recordkeeping, and child labor for employees of enterprises engaged in interstate or foreign commerce and employees of state and local governments. The FLSA applies in all states, but states are permitted to develop their own laws and regulations to provide even greater protection for their workers than is provided under federal law. In cases in which the two laws conflict, the law most beneficial to the employee prevails. Therefore, it is essential that employers understand both the state and federal laws. For more information on the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to daycare centers and preschools, read the documents listed to the right.

New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines: Birth thru Kindergarten

Early learning guidelines serve as a framework to capture some of the important aspects of development in the early years. They describe what young children know and can do during the early years of development. The guidelines are designed to give reasonable expectations for children at different ages so that teachers and others can have criteria to refer to as they observe children in action, determine their levels of performance and plan curricular interventions to help them grow, develop, and learn to their fullest potential.

Family Engagement Materials

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New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC)

The New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council will lead the development of a high quality, comprehensive system of early childhood education and care that ensures statewide coordination and collaboration among the wide array of early childhood programs and services in New Mexico, including Head Start, child care and pre-kindergarten programs and services.

New Mexico Child Care and Development Fund State Plan

This plan outlines how New Mexico will administer CCDF subsidies. CCDF subsidies are funded through a combination of state and federal sources. Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) subsidies assist low-income families with the cost of child care so that they may work or prepare for employment. Assistance is provided to access care by any provider that meets state requirements. Families typically pay a monthly co-payment, based on factors such as income, family size, and the number of children in care. The subsidy paid directly to the provider-covers the difference between the co-payment and the full cost of care, up to a maximum state payment rate. CCDF subsidies are not a federal entitlement, meaning that eligible applicants do not necessarily receive subsidies.