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Child Care and Pre-K Providers

Temporary Changes Affecting Child Care and Pre-K Providers:

Partnering with the Public Education Department to provide child care

Programs that need assistance working with local school districts can call 1-833-551-0518.

Expediting background checks to help providers cover staffing shortages

The Department of Public Safety is partnering with CYFD to provide expedited background checks so that child care centers can hire new, temporary employees at child care centers during the emergency health declaration. New temporary staff will have to complete the online health and safety training at www.newmexicokids.org and the state will accept an online CPR certification.

Coordinating food and cleaning supply delivery

The Governor’s office, along with a range of public and private partners, is coordinating food and supply deliveries across the state. Beginning Monday, March 16, child care programs will be able to complete a webform at newmexicokids.org detailing the food and cleaning supplies they need to serve their children and families. Programs can also email child.care@state.nm.us to inform the Early Childhood Education and Care Department about their supply needs. In addition, centers can call 1-833-551-0518 if they need professional cleaning support.

Providing regular technical assistance and support

Beginning on Monday, March 16, Early Childhood Education and Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky will host weekly calls with child care providers. (Providers who are not already receiving the invitation can email matt.bieber@state.nm.us to be added.) Providers may also call the New Mexico Child Care Resource and Referral line at 1-800-691-9067 or e-mail questions or concerns to child.care@state.nm.us. Frequent updates will be provided on  www.newmexicokids.org.