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New Mexico State Child Care Regulations

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

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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.

 
Training & Technical Assistance Programs


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Professional Development

Educators, researchers, policymakers, and families all agree that high quality teachers are the most important factor in a child’s education. Research shows that measures of teacher preparation and certification are by far the strongest indicators of student achievements – particularly in reading and mathematics. In addition, there are many new standards in the early care and education field which require a comprehensive career development system. View the documents listed below for information on 18-Hour and 45-Hour Training for early childhood cargeivers and educators.

 
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.

 
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.

 
The Child Care Facility Revolving Loan Fund

The Child Care Facility Revolving Loan Fund provides low interest loans to licensed child care providers in New Mexico for the purpose of upgrading child care facilities.

  • A provider must have been licensed for three or more years to access the loan.
  • The loan can be used for health and safety improvements to the licensed facility, including space expansion.
  • The interest rate of the loan is 3%.
  • No more than $50,000 can be loaned to a single provider.

For more information, please visit here or contact John Brooks at 505-992-9638 / jbrooks@nmfa.net.