Child Care and Early Education

Complete Resources

In the following dropdowns, you will find a variety of resources and links to various organizations and agencies that support early childhood care and education in New Mexico. Please click on the section title to expand that section and access the resources. Note that these links will take you to external websites. On the right side bar, there are various hotlines and crisis numbers listed for easy access.

Resources for COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The NMDOH continues to ask all persons who test positive with Covid or have Covid-like symptoms call our 24/7/365 “Epidemiology Hotline” at 1-855-600-3453 (toll free) or 505-827-0006 for guidance on how to protect yourself and your community from the novel Coronavirus, even if you are not sick.

Cooking / Crafts / Outdoors

Mother Cloud

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Sensory recipes you can make using common household ingredients


The Kennedy Center

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Doodling lessons with Mo Willems. Video and printable activity sheets.



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Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

English and Spanish

Highlight Kids

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Recipes and crafts to do at home with your children, jokes to lighten the mood, and other games.


Prescription Trails

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Walking Trails in the Las Cruces area.


All Trails

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Walking Trails in your area. Available as an app as well.


Raddish Kids

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Raddish Kids is a culinary subscription and cooking club for children. Free recipes that can be made with pantry staples, at home cooking camp curriculum, and daily cook activities.


Seattle Time

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23 Fun Activities for toddlers and preschool kids


Math / Literacy / STEM


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Parents’ Hub contains hundreds of educational activities designed for use at home.

Offering the teachers and parents of children in schools which are closed, or facing closure, free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month in the first instance.

Manga High

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MATH focus, offering education activities, games, and quizzes for a wide range of children in multiple languages. Offering a free trial.

Education Perfect

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A rich library of curriculum-aligned lessons and assessments across the subject areas.  Content is carefully scaffolded to allow all students to experience success, while providing rich opportunities for higher order thinking.

EP is actively supporting schools from over 30 countries around the world disrupted by COVID-19.  Due to the on-going changing landscape, EP is providing free and unlimited access to all schools until 1st May.


Mystery Science

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Offering a starter science list of activities to do at Home. Teacher and Parent Sign-Up


Age of Learning

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Age of Learning provides schools closed due to the coronavirus with free home access for all affected families to leading digital education programs (ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, ReadingIQ)


Geez Ween

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Free journaling prompts for teens


Ranger Rick

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Free online magazine subscription. Science and Nature activities for children to do while home during school closures.


77 Simple Science Activities

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We Are Teachers

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Math games using regular playing cards


Star Fall

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Free program that teaches children to read. Connected with Common Core Standards

Splash Brain

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K-5 based math programs online. Free for families and programs.


Storyline Online

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Children’s books read aloud on video

English only

Cool Math 4 Kids

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Math games, manipulatives, brain teasers, printable flash cards, quizzes, lessons, etc.


Math Game Time

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Math games and homework help online.


Unite for Literacy

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Narrated books, mostly nonfiction

15 languages


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Guided reading and downloadable activities


Science for Kids

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Math and science games, experiments, and more.


Switch Zoo

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Animal games and teacher resources


What Do We Do All Day

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Books, resources, games, and activities


Ideas prácticas para la enseñanza del niño preescolar

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Articulos en espanol sobre diferentes areas de interes de la edad temprana Ciencias, Matematicas, arte, Musica, ideas para participacion familiar.


Find Opportunities to Play with Math! Ages 0-8

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Articles with ideas of math games and activities that range in level of skills.


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Audiobooks and stories for all ages. Free trial.


123 Homeschool

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A variety of activities for preschool to school age children.


24 At Home Learning Activities to Share with Parents

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The San Diego Zoo

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Free pages for children filled with educational activities related to animals and the environment; includes games, videos, and virtual stories.


National Geographic

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Access to National Geographic resources for kids.


Mystery Doug

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A starter list of K-5 science lessons videos with explanation and activities that follow.


Squiggle Park

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Raising reading skills, support ELL students through games designed to support their specific needs.

English and Spanish


Family Time Machine by Toyota

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A collection of fun activities to do with families. Categorized by time of the day such as: bed time, dinner time, bath time, etc. Helping families make the most out of their days.



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Management tools for virtual classrooms.


Khan Academy

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Free online platform that offers daily learning schedules, links to other online sources, and activities. Provides families with a daily learning schedule for their children to use while at home.


Microsoft Education

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Microsoft Teams: How to set up a virtual classroom using a shared page



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Virtual Meeting: Teacher and programs can use this to conduct meetings


125 Ideas de actividades para hacer en casa

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Keeping Your Baby Safe

Keep my Children Safe

The Baby Safe Project

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Handle with Care: Help Prevent Non-accidental Trauma

Crying! Just doing what comes naturally

UNM Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention and Awareness Program

Tips and Resources For Parents on How to Calm a Crying Baby

Safe to Sleep – National Institute of Health

UNM Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention and Awareness Program

Charlie’s Kids – Educating Families About SIDS and Safe Sleep

Health and Wellness

New Mexico Department of Health

New Mexico Immunization Exemption Statute (24-5-3)

Healthy Children – American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

Infectious Disease Prevention

New Mexico Environment Department Resources

UNM New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center

New Mexico Department of Health: Healthy Kids New Mexico

Children’s Medical Services

The National Program for Playground Safety

Healthy Child Care America

A School Nurse’s Guide to Kids’ Health and Safety


ECECD’s Family Nutrition Bureau

Summer Food Service Program

USDA Choose MyPlate

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children

Team Nutrition – Child Nutrition for Families and Caregivers

Lifecycle Nutrition – Information for Nutrition During Pregnancy through Teen Years

Food Safety Guidelines

Product Safety

Keep my Children Safe

US Consumer Product Safety Commission Safety Guides

Good Toys for Young Children by Age and Stage

Choosing Safe Baby Products

Toy and Product Recall Finder

SafeKids Product Recalls

Safe to Sleep – Crib Information Center

Child Ready Home Safety Tool

Food Allergy

Food Allergy Research & Education

Ingredient Labels

Food Allergy Emergency Plan

Allergy Ready Course

Transportation Safety

Look Before You Lock

Car Seat and Booster Seat Info – U.S. Department of Transportation

How to Install a Car Seat

Finding the Right Car Seat

NM Car Seat Fitting Stations and Clinics

New Mexico Child Safety Seat Distribution Program

Safer NM Now!

Find Support

Support for Parents

Tips for Parents

Child Care Assistance – Am I Eligible Tool

Universal Application to Public Assistance – YES NM

Health Care Support – Community Health Workers

Find a Home Visiting Program to support you and your baby or toddler

Fathers New Mexico

Parents Reaching Out – Family Advocacy and Support

When a Child Bites

Maternal Child Health Postpartum Support NM

New Mexico Crisis and Access

Child Development

As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves talk to your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait. Acting early can make a real difference!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern.

If you or the doctor thinks there might be a delay, ask the doctor for a referral to a specialist who can do a more in-depth evaluation of your child.

Please look below for tools related to milestones, screenings, and organizations and tools that can help if you have concerns about your child’s development.

Act Early, CDC – Concerned About Your Child’s Development

Developmental Tools and Apps

Milestone Tracker

Text for Baby (personalized health information for you and baby)

Vroom App

Bright by Text

Developmental Screenings

Birth To 5: Watch Me Thrive! A Compendium Of Screening Measures For Young Children

Screening Passport

Developmental Screening Tools

Developmental Milestones – Physical and Cognitive

CDC – Act Early Developmental Milestones

New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines

Making Moments Matter Parent Guide

Public Education Department Family Guide

DOH First Year book and video series

DOH Toddler Years book and video series

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

Reading Milestones, Birth to Third Grade,

Developmental Milestones – Social Emotional

New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines

Social and Emotional Health

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning – Family Resources

Developmental Intervention and Support

Early Intervention for Early Childhood Developmental Concerns (FIT Program)

Child Find List by School District – Preschool Screenings

Public Education Department Special Education

Children’s Medical Services

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Early Childhood

UNM Center for Development and Disability (CDD)

Zero to Three – Early Learning

New Mexico School for the Deaf

New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Quality Child Care for Your Child

Child Care Search

Choosing Quality Child Care for your Children

The National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for Families Resources for New Mexico

New Mexico PreK (3 and 4 year olds)

ECECD New Mexico PreK Program

PED New Mexico PreK Program

Child Care Aware of America

A High Quality Program for Your Preschooler

Criminal Background Checks

NM Court Case Lookup

NM Sex Offender Registry

US Department of Justice National Sex Offender Search

New Mexico Department of Public Safety-Criminal History Records

(Note: There is a fee associated with this search. The provider must agree to and sign the form for a search to be conducted. You should be concerned if the provider refuses to sign the form, or, questions the reason why.)

Federal Bureau of Investigation Identity History Summary Checks

New Mexico Agencies

NM State Government Agencies

NM State Legislature

NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD)

Am I Eligible – Application for Child Care Assistance

New Mexico Public Education Department

New Mexico Department of Health – Maternal and Child Health Program

NM DOH Family Infant Toddler Program

Early Learning New Mexico

New Mexico Voices for Children.

New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health

New Mexico Child Care and Early Education Association

New Mexico Head Start Association

NM County Vital Records

Parents Reaching Out – Family Advocacy and Support

New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children

Center for Development and Disability

Family Development Program

New Mexico Immunization Coalition

New Mexico Out of School Time Network

Cooperative Extension Services – County Extension Map

National Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Child Care

Office of Head Start

US Department of Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

ChildCare Aware of America


National Association for Family Child Care

NCCA (National Child Care Association)

Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Division for Early Childhood

Harvard Center for the Developing Child

Children’s Defense Fund

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

Office of Special Education Programs

Mother Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting

PromotePrevent – Safe Schools and Healthy Communities Technical Assistance

Resources for Caregivers and Educators

Am I Eligible Tool (application for Child Care Assistance)

Child Care Search

Public Education Department Family Guide

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

Reading Milestones, Birth to Third Grade,

New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines

New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

NM Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force

Guiding Principles for the Full Participation of Young Children, Birth through Age Eight, in New Mexico’s Early Learning System

UNM Family Development Program

NM State Child Care Regulations

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

17a Exemption for Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Daycare Centers and Preschools Under FLSA

Quality Child Care

Child Care Resource Materials

Choosing Quality Child Care

New Mexico PreK

NM FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality for Center-Based Child Care Programs

NM FOCUS: Elementos Esenciales de Calidad Para Programas de Cuidados Infantiles Familiares (BORRADOR)

NM FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality for Family Child Care Programs (DRAFT)

Indicators of Quality Child Care

Parents’ Guide to Quality Care

Choosing Quality Child Care for your Children

National Accrediting Bodies

ACSI (Association of Christian Schools Int’l)

ICAA (International Christian Accrediting Association)

NAC (National Accreditation Commission)


NMAEYC Accreditation Standards



COA (Council of Accreditation)


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