Lujan Grisham’s administration opens $10 million grant to expand child care provision in New Mexico

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Governor Lujan Grisham

ECECD News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECECD) announced the launch of the New Mexico Child Care Supplies Building Grant.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to create a high-quality child care offering throughout New Mexico, particularly in areas of the state considered child care deserts, where demand for guard far exceeds capacity.

Fifty-three percent of New Mexicans live in a daycare desert, according to report by the Center for American Progress (click on here to see a map of childcare deserts in New Mexico). Through the Child Care Construction Grant, the Lujan Grisham Administration is investing $10 million to expand the access and quality of these early childhood services to meet the needs of a more large number of New Mexico families, thanks to funding made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Child Care Stabilization Administration Fund.

“The Lujan Grisham administration is committed to ensuring that every family can access high-quality early education and care, regardless of income or postcode,” said ECECD Cabinet Secretary , Elizabeth Groginsky. “This $10 million investment will help boost the provision of child care services in communities where they are needed most, providing care capacity for up to 800 additional children in our state.”

The New Mexico Child Care Construction Grant will provide funding to licensed child care providers to expand their existing programs and encourage businesses across the state to create or expand services. childcare for their employees.

The ECECD estimates that this grant will create 800 child care spaces across the state.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Propose to increase the supply of high-quality licensed childcare services;
  • Demonstrate commitment and ability to develop the proposed offer of childcare services;
  • Demonstrate ability to open proposed licensed child care centers within six months of award;
  • Commit to operating the proposed daycare for at least 10 years; and
  • Commit to operating the proposed child care center to ECECD’s 5-star size and group ratio requirements.

“In addition to providing a tuition-free college for working parents through the New Mexico Scholarship, expanding access to quality child care on college campuses and universities is critical to helping students with children succeed,” said New Mexico Department of Higher Education Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez. . “We encourage our many campus-based child care and early childhood education centers to apply for these funds to make more child care slots available in the communities they serve.”

The ECECD is accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for the Child Care Construction Grant, which will open June 10. how to complete a complete application within 30 days of submitting a letter of intent.

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Applications for the Child Care Strengthening Grant will be reviewed on a rolling basis and funds awarded will be subject to the requirements and restrictions outlined in the Child Care Stabilization Information Memorandum. children of ARPA and the 5-star ability and group ratio of ECECD, as listed in the FOCUS Essentials.

For more information on the New Mexico Child Care Supplies Building Grant, visit https://www.nmececd.org/2022/05/20/childcare-new-mexico-procurement-building-subsidy/

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