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
The NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is seeking $10 million in additional funding for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2015. That increase includes no added money for early childhood services.
The increases largely are meant to bolster services that might help prevent another incident like the death of 9-year-old Omaree... Read Article
Authored by Dan Ritchey
The governor-appointed Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) last Thursday heard a progress report on how the FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System is progressing, including plans to include home visiting, early intervention and public school preschool programs, as well as child care and education programs in its... Read Article
On November 30, 2014, we celebrated the last day of the exhibit's amazing run. The "Wonder of Learning - The Hundred Languages of Children" Exhibit, showcased from June to the end of November, was held in Albuquerque, NM at the New Mexico... Read Article
The 2015 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey will provide valuable information about the current state of New Mexico’s nonprofit sector. This survey effort is being led by The Building Movement Project (BMP), in partnership with many New Mexico nonprofits including Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Encuentro, Center for Nonprofit... Read Article
On Nov. 3 2014, the To'Hajiilee Preschool Program of the To'Hajiilee Indian Reservation officially opened its doors to the community. The reservation is located about 30 miles west of Albuquerque, NM. Last week, NMAEYC was invited to attend the To'Hajiilee Preschool opening ceremony alongside community members, councilmen, and donors. Accepting the invitation, Baji... Read Article
Early educators have waited many years for this time. It is finally here.
INCENTIVE$ Early Childhood pay supplements are now available to child care teachers, assistant teachers, and director-employees throughout New Mexico. The program is no longer simply a pilot project serving one or two counties in the state.
The initial grant of $296,950 from the state... Read Article
Message from Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)"Go Big or Go Home"
That became our mantra this year as thousands of NAEYC members, leaders, staff, volunteers and key constituents weighed in on our new strategic direction.
Our... Read Article
On October 1st, 2014, NMAEYC asked their Facebook and Twitter community to respond to the following sentence:"You Know You're a New Mexican Early Childhood Educator When...?"
You all spoke, and now we're showcasing your awesome responses!Enjoy!
"You have to clear the tumbleweeds off the playground before... Read Article
Authored by Alberto Mares.
If you had to choose just one toy from the new Lakeshore store in Albuquerque, what would it be?
The science kit that helps turn potato chips into projectiles? Perhaps the vest with Velcro that allows you to rearrange plush human organs? Maybe you enjoy art, so the black paper that... Read Article