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News and Announcements

Early Childhood Scholarship - CNM Ingenuity!

19-Jan-21
The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) provides scholarship opportunities to make it possible for early educators and care providers to afford coursework leading to advanced credentials and degrees.  Awards include one year of funding with the possibility of renewal. CONTACT INFORMATION •Phone: 505-224-ECEC (3232) •Email: info@ececdscholarship.org •WEB: https://ececdscholarship.org/
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CACFP COVID-19 Waiver Request - January 13, 2021

14-Jan-21
CACFP COVID-19 Waiver Request - January 13, 2021. The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. The purpose of this waiver is to request approval to readjust the ECECD’s current monitoring schedule for Sponsoring and Independent Institutions in response to the COVID 19 public health crisis. On March 11, 2020, New Mexico State Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a State of Public Health Emergency for the State of New Mexico and the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health issue a Public Health Declaration on March 12, 2020 to limit mass gatherings due to COVID-19, among other restrictions enacted since the beginning of the pandemic. This waiver will not cost any additional administrative duties outside of the normal oversight that the USDA FNS already provides. Remote Monitoring conducted during FFY20 will be similar in scope and breadth as a review conducted in-person.
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Free Virtual Professional Development Opportunity: Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, March 25 - 27

14-Jan-21
The Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference The event usually hosts over 2,000 early childhood professionals in Denver, CO each spring and costs $250-$350 for each attendee, but this year in light of COVID and all of the strain put on child care providers it's being hosted virtually, and sponsors have covered the cost so it's free for providers. 
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ECECD extends the waiver of parent copayments and the $200 Differential for every child served through March 31, 2021.

1-Jan-21
Programs will be required to report on the spending of the $200 differential. The first report (September to December 2020) is due on Friday, February 26, 2021.  The second report (January to March 2021) is due on Friday, April 30, 2021.  Programs will receive by e-mail or mail, a unique link that includes instructions and reporting protocols.
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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announces new Public Health Order

15-Nov-20
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new Public Health Order to go into effect on Monday, November 16, 2020.
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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is inviting New Mexico children to ask her questions about the COVID-19 pandemic

24-Aug-20
In September, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will host a Facebook Live event to answer questions from New Mexico's children. She will be talking about our shared experiences during COVID-19 and any concerns you may have. Please submit your questions in the form linked. If you or someone you know needs immediate support, please see the numbers at the bottom of the form.
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New Mexico ECECD Releases Child Care Support Fact Sheet

11-Aug-20
New Mexico's Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Releases the Child Care Support Fact Sheet for providers, family, friends, and neighbor providers, and more.
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Temporary Child Care Facility Waiver Request Form

6-Aug-20
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department has released a waiver request form to assist 3, 4, and 5 star licensed providers to open up a temporary facility to help address the public health emergency.
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Guide to Becoming a Family Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Provider

6-Aug-20
During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) providers. These providers may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding. 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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Gui?a Para Convertirse en un Proveedor Temporal de Familia, Amigo y Vecino

6-Aug-20
Durante la declaracio?n de salud de emergencia, el estado registrara? temporalmente a proveedores de familia, amigos y vecinos (FFN por sus siglas en ingle?s). Estos proveedores pueden ser elegibles para recibir fondos de asistencia de cuidado infantil. Los proveedores temporales de FFN debera?n completar una verificacio?n de antecedentes, al igual que todos los miembros de la familia mayores de 18 an?os que vivan en su hogar. Los proveedores temporales de FFN tambie?n debera?n completar una capacitacio?n en salud y seguridad en li?nea de tres horas y una capacitacio?n en CPR en li?nea.
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Parents Reaching Out hosts webinars and workshops for parents, children, and families.

31-Jul-20
"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

30-Jun-20
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.

11-Jun-20
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

14-May-20
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

14-May-20
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

7-May-20
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!

6-May-20
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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Release: State insurance office establishes COVID-19 health insurance coverage call center

1-May-20
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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ECECD Launches Incentive Pay Program to Support Child Care Professionals During the Public Health Emergency

1-May-20
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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Be Well New Mexico Insurance Coverage Flyer (English)

28-Apr-20
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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Proposed Regulation Changes to 8.8.3 NMAC - Background Checks

28-Apr-20
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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Governor Extends Emergency Order to April 30th

7-Apr-20
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

2-Apr-20
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

27-Mar-20
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

23-Mar-20
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

18-Mar-20
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

18-Mar-20
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

17-Mar-20
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

15-Mar-20
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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