Child Care and Early Education

FOCUS for Child Care

What is FOCUS On Young Children’s Learning?

FOCUS program logo

FOCUS On Young Children’s Learning, New Mexico’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS), provides early childhood program personnel with the criteria, tools, and resources they need to improve the quality of their programs. These quality improvements focus on children’s growth, development, and learning – so that each child has an equitable opportunity to be successful when entering school.

FOCUS Criteria Essential Elements of Quality – Center-Based Care
FOCUS Criteria Essential Elements of Quality – Home-Based Care
FOCUS Elementos Esenciales de Calidad – Programas de Cuidados Infantiles Familiares
FOCUS Materials Library

FOCUS Eligibility and Application (for Child Care Programs)

FOCUS is voluntary. Licensed family child care homes, child care centers, and school-age programs may apply. Programs must meet 2-STAR criteria to participate. 

For VERIFICATION apply here.

To JOIN the FOCUS program, apply here.

For information about the updated FOCUS Time Planning Grant initiative, click here.


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