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.
- NM Department of Health COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 in the U.S.
- Coronavirus: What Child Care Providers Need to Know
- American Academy of Pediatrics – Protecting Your Family From Coronavirus (Covid-19)
- PBS – How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- When is Too Sick for School (video)
- ¿Cuando Está Demasiado Enfermo Su Hijo(a) para Ir a la Escuela? (video)
- Coronavirus Updates and Resources for Child Care Providers and CCR&Rs
- How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus
- Office of Head Start: Coronavirus Prevention and Response
Cooking / Crafts / Outdoors
Sensory recipes you can make using common household ingredients
The Kennedy Center
Doodling lessons with Mo Willems. Video and printable activity sheets.
Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
English and Spanish
Recipes and crafts to do at home with your children, jokes to lighten the mood, and other games.
Walking Trails in the Las Cruces area.
Walking Trails in your area. Available as an app as well.
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.
23 Fun Activities for toddlers and preschool kids
Math / Literacy / STEM
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.
MATH focus, offering education activities, games, and quizzes for a wide range of children in multiple languages. Offering a free trial.
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.
Offering a starter science list of activities to do at Home. Teacher and Parent Sign-Up
Age of Learning
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)
Free journaling prompts for teens
Free online magazine subscription. Science and Nature activities for children to do while home during school closures.
77 Simple Science Activities
We Are Teachers
Math games using regular playing cards
Free program that teaches children to read. Connected with Common Core Standards
K-5 based math programs online. Free for families and programs.
Children’s books read aloud on video
Cool Math 4 Kids
Math games, manipulatives, brain teasers, printable flash cards, quizzes, lessons, etc.
Math Game Time
Math games and homework help online.
Unite for Literacy
Narrated books, mostly nonfiction
Guided reading and downloadable activities
Science for Kids
Math and science games, experiments, and more.
Animal games and teacher resources
What Do We Do All Day
Books, resources, games, and activities
Ideas prácticas para la enseñanza del niño preescolar
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
Articles with ideas of math games and activities that range in level of skills.
Audiobooks and stories for all ages. Free trial.
A variety of activities for preschool to school age children.
24 At Home Learning Activities to Share with Parents
The San Diego Zoo
Free pages for children filled with educational activities related to animals and the environment; includes games, videos, and virtual stories.
Access to National Geographic resources for kids.
A starter list of K-5 science lessons videos with explanation and activities that follow.
Raising reading skills, support ELL students through games designed to support their specific needs.
English and Spanish
Family Time Machine by Toyota
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.
Management tools for virtual classrooms.
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 Teams: How to set up a virtual classroom using a shared page
Virtual Meeting: Teacher and programs can use this to conduct meetings
125 Ideas de actividades para hacer en casa
Keeping Your Baby Safe
Health and Wellness
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.
Developmental Tools and Apps
Developmental Milestones – Physical and Cognitive
Developmental Milestones – Social Emotional
Developmental Intervention and Support
Quality Child Care for Your Child
Criminal Background Checks
(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.)
New Mexico Agencies
Resources for Caregivers and Educators
Quality Child Care
National Accrediting Bodies