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About OCD

The Children, Youth and Families Department Office of Child Development (OCD) works collaboratively with the State Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Labor and higher education and community programs to establish a five-year plan for Early Care, Education and Family Support Professional Development.

The Office of Child Development was created by statute in 1989, funded July of 1990, and became operational in November 1990.  A seven member Governor-appointed Child Development Board has oversight of the Office of Child Development.  Recognizing that a good beginning has no end, the mission of the Child Development Board is that all New Mexico children, from birth through age eight, and their families have access to a quality, age, and individually appropriate child development system. 

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Program Responsibilities: [Go to Top]

  • Carry out the policies of the Child Development Board

  • Administer the licensure procedures and program criteria developed by the Child Development Board

  • Identify all sources of child development licensure preparation and training, disseminates information, and coordinates resources to meet child development licensure and training needs

  • Assure and work to foster cooperation between all state agencies dealing with early childhood care and education

  • Develop and adopt program criteria for state funded preschool programs serving children from birth to age five, provided that the criteria does not apply to programs serving children with developmental delays or at risk for developmental delay, birth through two years of age

  • Administer the state PreK program in collaboration with the Public Education Department

  • Administer the Head Start Collaboration Project

  • Coordinate the Home Visiting program to provide support to enhance the child-parent relationship within the home to parents, prenatally and/or with children birth to age three

  • Establish a five-year plan for Early Care, Education and Family Support Professional Development
    The Office of Child Development works collaboratively with the Public Education Department, Department of Health, Department of Labor, Higher Education Department, institutions of higher education, and community programs to implement the plan

  • Support the legislative mandate to articulate and implement training and licensure requirements for individuals working with children from birth to age eight in all recognized settings

  • Establish and implement a Career Lattice that is designed for all those working in home-based, center-based child care programs, Head Start, home visiting programs, public school programs for children birth through third grade as well as early intervention programs for children with or at risk for developmental delays and their families

    The Career Lattice comprises the following six levels:

    • 45-Hour Entry Level Course
    • Child Development (CDA) credential or New Mexico Child Development Certificate
    • one-year vocational certificate
    • Associate of Arts degree (two-years certificate)
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Masters degree in Early Care. 

       

    Each level of training articulates with more advanced levels. The Office of Child Development issues certificates for individuals completing the requirements for the 45-Hour Entry Level Course, New Mexico Child Development Certificate, one-year vocational certificate, Associate of Arts and Science degree two-year certificate, and 45-Hour Entry Level Course Facilitator training.

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Office and Staff Directory: [Go to Top]

Name Title Email Phone
Alejandra Rebolledo Rea Bureau Chief alejandra.rebolledo@state.nm.us 505-827-3678
Jesse Leinfelder Manager, Federal Home Visiting Program jesse.leinfelder@state.nm.us 505-827-9940
Janet Alvarado Instructional Coordinator - A janet.alvarado@state.nm.us 575-373-6603
Monica Archuleta Instructional Coordinator - B monica.archuleta@state.nm.us 505-476-0162
Judy Fifield Director of Early Childhood Professional Development Initiative judith.fifield@state.nm.us 505-827-4034
Dan Haggard Deputy Director, Early Childhood Services dan.haggard@state.nm.us 505-827-6614
Soledad Martinez Home Visiting Program Manager soledad.martinez@state.nm.us 505-827-4114
Judith A. Paiz PreK Program Manager judith.paiz@state.nm.us 505-827-7689
Shana Runck Prek Program Monitor shana.runck@state.nm.us 505-841-4891
Josie Salas PreK Program Monitor josephine.salas@state.nm.us 505-827-4491
Terri Tapia Instructional Coordinator - A terri.tapia@state.nm.us 505-827-7623
Karen Ziegler Head Start Collaboration Director karen.ziegler@state.nm.us 505-827-4033


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The New Mexico Professional Development Initiative: [Go to Top]

The New Mexico Professional Development Initiative supports OCD's legislative mandate to articulate and implement training and licensure requirements for individuals working in all recognized settings with children from birth to age eight. The career lattice is designed for all those working in home-based and center-based child care programs, Head Start, home visiting programs, public school programs for children in preschool through third grade, as well as early intervention programs for children with or at risk for special needs and their families.

The career lattice comprises six levels: a 45-hour entry-level course, a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, a New Mexico Child Development Certificate, a one-year vocational certificate, an Associate of Arts and Science Degree, a Two-Year Certificate, a Bachelor's Degree, and a Master's Degree in Early Care. Each level of training articulates with more advanced levels. OCD issues certificates for individuals completing the requirements for the 45-hour entry-level course, New Mexico Child Development Certificate, one-year vocational, Associate of Arts and science Degree, 45-hour entry-level course facilitator's training, and Developmental Specialists.

Download the brochure, " New Mexico's Early Care, Education & Family Support Professional Development System."

 

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