Child Care and Early Education

About Us

The website is a portal for New Mexico families, early childhood professionals and the general public to find information on early childhood professional development, training and technical assistance, consumer education resources on child development, and child care and home visiting referrals. The primary goals of the website are:

  • To assist the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) in its statutorily authorized mission of implementing a statewide system of professional development for those working with children from birth through eight years of age and their families and those working with children and families in before and after school care programs.
  • To support New Mexico’s Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System, FOCUS.
  • To support families in their search referrals to community resources including referrals to child care and home visiting programs.
  • To provide links to early childhood partner organizations and agencies that offer information and resources related to child development, early developmental screening, and early learning.

The University of New Mexico Early Childhood Services Center has primary responsibility for the design and updating of the website, in close consultation with New Mexico ECECD.


Hotline & Crisis Resources
NM SCI Line (Report Child Abuse and Neglect)

24 hrs/day, 7 days/week; English and Spanish

1-855-333-SAFE or #SAFE from a cell phone

Fussy Baby Network (Never Shake a Baby)

English and Spanish

1-877-6-CRYCARE (1-877-627-9227)

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line

24 hrs/day, 7 days/week; English and Spanish

1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474)

Postpartum Support International Helpline

Calls returned within 48 hours

1-800-944-4773 or Text 800-944-4773

National Domestic Violence Hotline

24 hrs/day, 7 days/week; English and Spanish, 200+ through interpretation service

1-800-799-7233 / 1-800-787-3224 TTY

UNM Poison/Drug Info Center

24 hrs/day, 7 days/week