New grant opportunity aims to create care capacity for 800 more New Mexico children
SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced the launch of the New Mexico Child Care Supply Building Grant. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to build high-quality child care supply throughout New Mexico, especially in areas of the state considered child care deserts, where demand for care far outpaces capacity. Fifty-three percent of New Mexicans live in a child care desert, according to a report by the Center for American Progress (click here to view a map of child care deserts in New Mexico). Through the Child Care Supply Building Grant, the Lujan Grisham administration is investing $10 million to expand access and quality of these early childhood services to meet the needs of more New Mexico families, with funding made possible from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Child Care Stabilization Administration Funds.