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News and Announcements

Parents Reaching Out hosts webinars and workshops for parents, children, and families.

July 31, 2020
"Parents Reaching Out" would like to invite you, your family, and any other community members who might be interested, to join us at our upcoming workshops: Re-Entry Plan Guidelines for Schools (Friday August 7th 10:00 am –12:00 pm), Special Education Clinic with Disability Rights New Mexico (Tuesday August 11th 10:00am –12:00 pm and 1:00 –3:00 pm), and Q & A Session with Deborah Dominguez-Clark (Wednesday August 19th 10:00-11:00 am).
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New supplemental SNAP increases also being issued in July

June 30, 2020
New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of July, the New Mexico Human Services Department announced.
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Free Webinar: Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) June 17 at 3 p.m.

June 11, 2020
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) in an attempt to address many concerns expressed by the small business community around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief. Join with us to discuss the changes and how they will affect you and your business.
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Economic Recovery Council’s COVID-Safe Practices Subcommittee on Early Childhood Education and Care Holds Initial Meeting

May 14, 2020
In recent weeks, New Mexico’s Economic Recovery Council has established a range of subcommittees designed to formulate COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) for New Mexico’s various economic sectors.
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Gov. Lujan Grisham / Mark Shriver Op-Ed on Child Care in America

May 14, 2020
Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver published an op-ed about the challenges facing children in America – and the professionals who care for them. The op-ed draws heavily on our experiences here in New Mexico, and we’d be keen to hear your thoughts!
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Governor Extends Child Care Facilities Essential Business Status

May 7, 2020
Gov. Lujan Grisham’s newly-amended health order lists child care facilities as “essential” – and removes the requirement that they serve other essential businesses.
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Application for Child Care Wage Incentive Program Launched!

May 6, 2020
Find information and links to the application for the Wage Incentive Program currently being offered to Child Care Professionals, including part time staff, who are playing a vital role in continuing to serve our communities throughout the health care crisis.
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ECECD Launches Incentive Pay Program to Support Child Care Professionals During the Public Health Emergency

May 1, 2020
The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced that it will use a portion of its federal CARES Act stimulus funding to offer incentive pay to early childhood professionals who are working in centers that remain open during the public health emergency.
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Release: State insurance office establishes COVID-19 health insurance coverage call center

May 1, 2020
The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance launched the toll-free call center on Friday. It will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. New Mexicans may call 1-833-415-0566 for information and answers.
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Proposed Regulation Changes to 8.8.3 NMAC - Background Checks

April 28, 2020
Proposed regulation changes to 8.8.3 NMAC – CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND EMPLOYMENT HISTORY VERIFICATION: Notice of Rulemaking and Continued Public Rule Hearing
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Be Well New Mexico Insurance Coverage Flyer (English)

April 28, 2020
During the Pandemic, EVERYONE QUALIFIES for coverage. We will help you get covered for free or at a low-cost to you.
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Governor Extends Emergency Order to April 30th

April 7, 2020
With COVID-19 cases still rising in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday extended her public health emergency order and announced the extension of related public health orders to encourage social distancing and preserve safety equipment for health care workers. Per the order, all guidance and advisories issued by the governor and secretary of health are in effect through at least April 30.
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Plans to Protect, Feed, and Educate Children - and to Support Families - During Public Health Emergency

April 2, 2020
On Tuesday, New Mexico state agencies announced expanded plans for coordination during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The goal of these collaborative efforts is to ensure that children in New Mexico are protected, fed, and educated, and that families are supported, during this crisis.
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Governor: K-12 school closings must continue to prevent potential spread of COVID-19

March 27, 2020
New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced Friday.
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Governor Orders Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations

March 23, 2020
On March 23, 2020, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Enabling family, friends, and neighbors (FFN) to deliver paid child care services

March 18, 2020
During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers who may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding; interested parties can call 1-833-551-0518. Temporary FFN providers will be required to complete a background check, as will all family members over the age of 18 living in their home. Temporary FFN providers will also be required to complete a three-hour online health and safety training and an online CPR training.
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New Mexico to Order Additional Closures to limit spread of COVID-19

March 18, 2020
New Mexico Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel will strengthen her previously issued public health order to include additional mandatory closures and guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico.
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#AllTogetherNM Here is How You Can Help Prevent During COVID-19

March 17, 2020
Many New Mexicans are asking how they can help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some suggestions from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state agency leaders involved in minimizing spread of the virus
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New Mexico Expands Child Care Eligibility, Guarantees Payment For Child Care Providers

March 15, 2020
In response to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s March 11 declaration of a public health emergency, the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) have made a series of temporary changes to New Mexico’s early childhood policies.
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