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ECECD Invests $157 Million to Stabilize New Mexico Child Care Industry

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Grants funded by American Rescue Plan to help NM child care businesses recruit and retain staff, recover from pandemic

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced that it has awarded more than $157 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to 1,004 qualifying child care businesses across the state, constituting one of the largest investments in early care and education in New Mexico state history. This funding will help stabilize child care businesses still reeling from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, improve recruitment and retention of child care professionals, grow child care capacity, and increase access to quality child care for New Mexico families.

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