BY ELIZABETH GROGINSKY
Early Childhood Training & Care Division
It has been simply over a month for the reason that official launch of the New Mexico Early Childhood Training & Care Division (ECECD). As I replicate on our latest work and the place we’re headed within the coming months, I’m excited concerning the alternative we now have to remodel our early childhood system and make the adjustments New Mexico wants.
Earlier this 12 months we accomplished a complete, statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment, (Spanish version here) which incorporates county-specific knowledge for kids prenatal to age 5. The Early Childhood Wants Evaluation was utilized by group companions to assist efforts similar to the event of their New Mexico Prek purposes; at the moment, it’s getting used to tell the work of the SB22 Advisory Council and the state’s Pritzker Children’s Initiative. Moreover, the Early Childhood Wants Evaluation will inform ECECD’s utility to the Workplace of Head Begin for a statewide Early Head Begin-Youngster Care Partnership Grant. If awarded, this grant will assist elevate the Division’s effort to combine and develop Early Head Begin providers by means of high-quality baby care applications all through New Mexico. We hope that you simply, too, will discover methods to make use of this significant useful resource.
The statewide Early Childhood Wants Evaluation weaves collectively the wealthy enter we’ve got heard from households, early childhood professionals, companies, elected leaders, and different group companions – and it’s now getting used to develop a three-year statewide Early Childhood Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will incorporate the insights and perspectives of our Native American communities and supply further element on efforts to strengthen New Mexico’s cradle-to-career pipeline.
In collaboration with the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP), we’ve engaged lots of of New Mexicans within the improvement of the New Mexico Early Childhood Strategic Plan, together with targets and targets. Now, we’re finalizing these targets and targets and figuring out the actions we’ll take to enhance outcomes for kids prenatal to age 5. I’m so energized on the probability to work with a dedicated, educated workforce – coordinated by means of the Governor’s Youngsters’s Cupboard – to finalize and publish the plan later this fall. By coordinating and aligning our work on the group and state stage, we’ll be certain that households and younger kids in New Mexico have each probability at success.
Lots of you could have spent years – and even many years – advocating for New Mexico households and younger kids. You recognize what we all know: that investments in high-quality early childhood experiences make an enormous distinction within the total well being and wellbeing of communities. We want all of you – so please, keep wholesome and engaged. We sit up for a fruitful journey forward.