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New Mexico Kids Child Care Resource & Referral

Today’s families face many challenges and finding child care is one of those challenges. For many families, care outside the home is both a necessity and a reality. New Mexico Kids Child Care Resource & Referral is a statewide service dedicated to:

  • Helping families find child care.
  • Supporting families as decision makers.
  • Offering technical support and resources to families and child care providers.
Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care
  1. Start Early: Finding the right child care option takes time so families must start their child care search as far in advance as possible.
  2. Make Contact: Families can SEARCH HERE or they can call (505) 277-7900 in the Albuquerque area or statewide at 1-800-691-9067.
  3. Visit, Ask Questions & Make a Choice: Families should visit the child care options they are considering and ask questions pertaining to issues that are important to them. Make more than one visit to the program before making a final decision. Review CYFD inspection reports on licensed programs to help you make the best decision for your family.
New Mexico Kids – Programa de Recursos y Referencias de Cuidado Infantil

Las familias de hoy se enfrentan a muchos retos y uno de ellos es el encontrar cuidado infantil adecuado. Para muchas familias, este proceso es una necesidad y una realidad. New Mexico Kids Programa de Recursos y Referencias es un servicio dedicado a:

  • Ayudar a las familias en encontrar cuidado infantil.
  • Apoyar a las familias a tomer decisiones.
  • Ofrecer asistencia técnica y proveer recursos a familias y a proveedores (as) de cuidado infantil.
Como Seleccionar Cuidado Infantil de Calidad
  1. Comience Temprano: Encontrar un programa adecuado toma tiempo y las familias deberian empezar a buscar entre las opciones lo antes possible.
  2. Haga Contacto: Las familias pueden BUSCAR AQUI, pueden llamar al (505) 277-7900 en el área de Albuquerque, o pueden llamar al número estatal al 1-800-691-9067.
  3. Visite, haga preguntas, y seleccione un programa: Las familias deberían visitar las opciones de cuidado infantil que están considerando y hacer preguntas relativas a temas que son importantes para ellas. Visite más de una vez antes de tomar una decision final. Repase los reportes de las inspecciones del estado de Nuevo México sobre programas con licencia para ayudarle tomar la mejor decision para su familia.

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Need a customized referral with a referral specialist? Please call our office at 1 (800) 691-9067 or (505) 277-7900 in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Please leave a message and allow 24 hours for a return call. The call will be personalized to your specific needs. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and the referrals will be given to you via an e-mail or over the phone. Calls are returned Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.


What are the NM Child Care Regulations pertaining to child care centers, early care and education programs, licensed homes, registered homes, before/after school care? Once you have narrowed your search to a few programs, we recommend checking CYFD Child Care Licensing violation and inspection reports online before making a choice.

Do you qualify for child care assistance through CYFD Child Care Services Bureau? Read our Parent’s Guide to Selecting Quality Child Care to determine what to consider while searching for child care. Remember to Look for the STARS and consider programs currently participating in New Mexico’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System-FOCUS. These programs are on their way to providing higher quality care for your child. 5-STAR is the highest recognized quality of care. Please read our Parent Letter for additional information and utilize our Parent Checklist to help with decisions.

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New Mexico Kids Child Care Resource and Referral

New Mexico Kids Child Care Resource and Referral can assist you in finding child care in New Mexico. New Mexico Kids CCR&R maintains a statewide database of child care providers that includes CYFD licensed centers, CYFD licensed homes and registered homes. All programs under NMKids CCR&R are monitored by regulatory agencies in the State of New Mexico and the providers must maintain their regulatory status in order to continue to be listed.