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Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort and Dan Ritchey

Support Budget Requests for T.E.A.C.H. and INCENTIVE$!

Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, left, with Dan Ritchey, T.E.A.C.H., INCENTIVE$ Project Director

Amendments have been introduced to the state budget to provide additional money for INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplements and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships.

Please urge members of the Senate Finance Committee to support the amendments,... Read Article

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1,000 additional NM children can get child care assistance

Image from Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

 

The state is offering child care assistance to more than 1,000 additional children according to an article in New Mexico In Depth by Heath Haussamen. New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) indicates that it now has the funds to clear a waiting list of 1,119 children... Read Article

Sahara Butler w/Sen. Nancy Rodriguez

Senate Education Committee to Further Consider INCENTIVE$

Sahara Butler (left), NMAEYC's INCENTIVE$ Outreach Director, with Sen. Nancy Rodriguez at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, NM.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 11, tabled a bill to allocate $400,000 more for the INCENTIVE$ pay supplement program, though comments by legislators appeared favorable and questions were mostly for clarification.... Read Article

House Appropriations Hears CYFD

 

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee welcomed the new Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) secretary Monday with praise for her previous work in the Tourism Department and was in agreement with her about the critical need to recruit and retain child protective services staff, partly by reducing caseloads.

Secretary-designate Monique Jacobson promised to... Read Article

Kelly Klundt of Legislative Finance Committee (LFC), left, looks over budget figures with Secretary Monique Jacobson

Senate Committee quizzes new CYFD secretary

Kelly Klundt of Legislative Finance Committee (LFC), left, looks over budget figures with Secretary Monique Jacobson 

A Senate committee welcomed the new secretary-designate of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) on Jan. 27, with several members expressing great confidence in her. They had been pleased with Monique Jacobson’s... Read Article

Janeth Alvidrez shown above works at The Children’s Center on Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, NM and is an INCENTIVE$ participant.

INCENTIVE$ bill passes in House Education Committee

Janeth Alvidrez shown above works at The Children’s Center on Montgomery Blvd., Albuquerque, NM and is an INCENTIVE$ participant.

 

The House Education Committee passed legislation Wednesday calling for adding $400,000 to the INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplement program. The vote was 12 to 1, with Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, a Republican of... Read Article

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Senate Education Committee to consider INCENTIVE$ bill!

Legislation to allocate an additional $400,000 for INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplements will be considered by the Senate Education Committee tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 11) at 8:30 a.m. in Room 311 of the Roundhouse.

Please call or email members of the committee today if you have a chance and leave a simple message at their Roundhouse office – to support Senate Bill 86 and... Read Article

Legislative Report Evaluates Early Childhood Services

A legislative report highlighted progress that has been made in early childhood services in recent years and called for steady increases in funding for home visiting, NM PreK, and K-3rd Grade Plus in coming years, while cautioning that accountability must be strengthened and gaps in service or duplication of efforts addressed.   

With child care assistance, the report said... Read Article

"Who Counts? Kids Count!" Refrain Heard Loudly in Roundhouse

Authored by Dan Ritchey

 

Hello everyone,

The Rotunda of the Roundhouse was packed Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 — all seats taken and hardly any standing room — as a chant was raised: “Who counts?”  the speaker shouted.  “Kids count,” was the audience’s loud response... Read Article

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Highlights Magazine Arrives at Albuquerque Public Schools

Authored by Alberto Mares.

I recently observed the most interesting literacy interaction at, of all places, the mechanic shop. A mother entered the waiting area with her adorable 3 and 4-year-olds, glanced at the reading rack and exclaimed, “Oh, look, Highlights!” (as if the kids somehow knew the magazine as well as their mom did).

They... Read Article

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