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Temporary Changes Affecting Children and Families:

Enabling family, friends, and neighbors (FFN) to deliver paid child care services

During the emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily register family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers who may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding; interested parties can call 1-833-551-0518. Temporary FFN providers will be required to complete a background check, as will all family members over the age of 18 living in their home. Temporary FFN providers will also be required to complete a three-hour online health and safety training and an online CPR training.

Expanding child care access for families

The state has a Child Care Resource and Referral line to help families find child care (1-800-691-9067; www.NewMexicoKids.Org). Families can also contact their ECECD eligibility specialist via phone or email to let them know they now need full-time care; our team across the state will amend the contracts.

Ensuring children have access to meals

The state applied for and received a waiver from the USDA which will allow school and non-school sites to provide meals (breakfast and lunch) to all children under age 18 needing food. Meals are provided “to-go” and must be consumed off-site, following guidelines for social distancing. New Mexicans with questions can call 1-833-551-0518 or email

CYFD COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The following information, resources, and updates are listed to direct you to child welfare, juvenile justice, childcare, and behavioral health needs for children and youth related needs you may experience during the COVID-19 public health crisis.