Professional Support

Click below to see our list of Professional Resources.

ECECD Scholarships

The quality of New Mexico’s early childhood programs and statewide system depends upon the caring, knowledgeable ECECD provides scholarship opportunities that make it possible for early childhood professionals to afford coursework leading to advanced credentials and degrees. The scholarship program supports professionals who work in child care settings (licensed or registered), state-funded NM PreK or Early PreK programs, Head Start/Early Head Start, Home Visiting Programs, FIT-Early Intervention Programs, or NM PreK, Title I, or 619 Preschool Programs in public schools. Scholarship awards include one year of funding for tuition, fees, and associated textbooks and have the possibility of renewal each year. Dedicated Scholarship Coaches work directly with scholars to support their pursuit of advanced credentials and degrees.

ECECD Wage Supplemental Pay Program

The ECECD (Early Childhood Education and Care Department) Wage Supplement Program provides education-based supplemental wages to early childhood educators who work as teachers, teacher’s assistants, or family childcare home professionals with children from birth to age five.  The program is education-based and includes ten incremental levels; the more education one attains, the more supplement one can receive. The program is open to teachers, teacher’s assistants, and home care professionals who work a minimum of 20 hours/week in New Mexico.

Bilingual Incentive Payment

ECECD (Early Childhood Education and Care Department) is supporting certified bilingual/multilingual early childhood educators with a one-time payment of $1,500.  This one-time payment is available to all early childhood professionals who meet the requirements. The bilingual incentive payment is open to all early childhood educators who provide direct support to children ages 0-5 and who are currently working at an approved early childhood program.

Training for Early Childhood Professionals

Free training for Early Childhood Professionals, when you need them. Training Topics include:

Health and Safety
Social Emotional Support
Continuous Quality Improvement
School-Age Care
Play-Based Learning
Authentic Observation and Documentation
Infant Toddler Development
Full Participation of Each Child
Classroom Management
Dual Language Learners
FOCUS Required Trainings

Project ECHO

Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico is offering 4 free professional development opportunities for early childhood professionals:

Early Childhood Inclusion Supports ECHO Program
A virtual professional development opportunity for early childhood educators and specialized support service providers presenting evidence-based inclusion practices and supports. This group will meet every Wednesday from May 11 to June 29. Join us for our first session on May 11 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Participants who attend all 8 sessions will be eligible to receive a $100 stipend (Available for 30 people). Register at:

ECHO for Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Introduction for Providers (IECMHC)
A professional learning opportunity for early childhood providers that addresses the benefits of infant child mental health consultation. Join us as we engage in dialogue with professionals from the field to discuss how consultants work with educators, administrators, and families. We will explore how to make the most of infant child mental health consultation and strategies from the field. Register for session 3 on Tuesday, April 19 at:

ECHO For Early Head Start and Head Start Mental Health Consultants
A virtual community of practice to explore roles, approaches, and programmatic needs of mental health consultants supporting Early Head Start and Head Start programs. As we explore the central themes that arise when working in EHS/HS settings, the discussion of each session will change to fit the needs and topics that participants bring to the table. Register for the upcoming session on Thursday, April 21 at:


Quorum has been extended in New Mexico for another year…offering over 200 hours of high quality online courses in English and Spanish!  You can use Quorum courses to meet child care licensing requirements, support the completion of the 45-hour required course, and satisfy other federal and state training requirements. New courses are added in Quorum each month! Quorum is available at NO COST to all early educators in New Mexico through ECECD. Join Quorum today at  

Infant Mental Health Endorsement

Become recognized for your specialty in infant mental health.

NAEYC Professional Membership

The New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), founded in 1965 and 1926 respectively, have both led the way toward excellence in high-quality early care and education for decades. When you become a member of NMAEYC, you also become a member of NAEYC. Membership offers you two affiliations in one, allowing you to tap into national resources and networks, and NMAEYC’s state networks and policy matters.

In New Mexico, NMAEYC has more than 1,000 members. The chapters formally recognized under NAEYC are now optional to join and are independent of NAEYC membership. The NMAEYC state affiliate can aid in connecting individuals to specific chapters that help promote NMAEYC/NAEYC initiatives. The NMAEYC state affiliate is dedicated to supporting high-quality early care and education programs that lay the foundation for school readiness, academic success, and adult achievement.

Early Childhood Mentor Network (ECMN)

You can support the professional growth of those in early childhood careers by becoming a member of the The ECMN is a collaborative group of experienced early childhood teachers serving as mentors to those new in their career. 

 Being part of the ECMN has many benefits: 

  • Helping to shape the next generation of Early Childhood professionals in a growing community support system. 
  • Stipend of up to $700 the first year and up to $1000 per year in subsequent years for hosting an early childhood student and being a network member. 
  • Free professional development and learning opportunities. 


Quick Links and Useful Information

Early Childhood Education and Family Services Portal

Moments Together NM

Am I Eligible Application for Child Care Assistance

YES NM Portal Application for Services