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ECECD awards $7 million in endowments to support early childhood programs at NM colleges and universities

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New grants will create early childhood faculty positions at higher education institutions and build New Mexico’s pipeline for a multilingual and multicultural early childhood workforce   

SANTA FE, NM – Today, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) announced that it has awarded $7 million in endowment grants to seven colleges and universities to strengthen the pipeline for a diverse and credentialed early childhood workforce. The grants will support early childhood degree programs across New Mexico and aid in the recruitment of students from Indigenous and bilingual communities into early childhood degree programs. The funds will be used to set up endowments, hire additional faculty and staff, add courses focused on multicultural early childhood education, and implement teacher recruitment strategies to increase diversity.

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