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January Issue of Full Participation Resources
January 10, 2017
Full Participation is a one-way resource listserv that is distributed monthly. Each issue features resources to support the learning and development of preschool age children, with emphasis on four dimensions of full participation: 1) family engagement; 2) inclusive practices for children with developmental delays and disabilities; 3) culture and language, including support of dual language learners; and 4) promoting social relationships.
November Preschool FOCUS Newsletter
December 5, 2016
In this month’s FOCUS on Young Children’s Learning Newsletter our professional development topic is the LETRS Training and effective practices in literacy. We also feature the revised NM PreK/ FOCUS lesson plan.
Free Resources to Support Each New Mexico Preschool Child
November 9, 2016
This issue of Full Participation focuses on fine motor development which is part of the Physical Development, Health and Well-Being domain of the New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines
Stronger Together
September 8, 2016
For four days in Washington, D.C. during a humid week in June, grantees from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 territories, and 24 tribal communities convened to celebrate their successes, learn from one another and gain critical information on how to be a partner with families in improving the lives of children. The event focused on celebrating the shared experiences, inspiration, and gained knowledge of each home visiting program across the nation.
CYFD Releases Child Care and Development Fund Plans
June 30, 2016
Attached please find the approved FY 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). There are many new requirements included in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 that New Mexico is working to implement during this Plan period. The Act brought historic change to the CCDF program, and this approved plan reflects New Mexico’s intentions for implementation at this point in time.
ELNM Update Meeting Videos
June 27, 2016
Videotaped presentations from the April 25, 2016 ELNM Update Meeting are now available! The videotaped presentations include a welcome by NM Public Education Department Policy Director Matt Pahl and four panel presentations on Early Learning New Mexico projects.
May Preschool FOCUS Newsletter
May 25, 2016
The New Mexico FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality criteria states, “Preschool program personnel engage families to ensure smooth transitions for children as they move between settings, between levels or grades, or from program to program.” This article will share the rationale for this requirement. It cites research to support the importance of successful transitions, the school’s role, how we can support all children and their families in the transition from preschool to kindergarten, and a list of promising practices for successful transition to kindergarten.
ELNM Update Meeting
April 25, 2016
New Mexico’s early learning system came together at the Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque on April 25 to hear updates on projects initiated through the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT–ELC) grant.
New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines Dialogues
April 4, 2016
o ensure that our children continue their path of success in school and in life, the Early Learning Guidelines are being reviewed and updated. We want you to be part of this wonderful opportunity. Come and join us at the next ELG Dialogues with staff from CYFD Office of Child Development and PED Literacy and Early Childhood Bureau.
March Preschool FOCUS Newsletter
March 29, 2016
Wonderful things are happening for young children in Jal, New Mexico! Preschool teachers — DeAnna Ramos and Jamie Galindo with the support of Jal administrators—have built an impressive preschool program.
Investing in Communities and Our Children
March 16, 2016
With support from both the federal Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and RTT-ELC grants, work is currently underway to partner with local community members to develop sustainable early childhood coalitions and provide training for early childhood leadership, high quality early learning and social-emotional informed practices.
New RTT–ELC Fact Sheets Released
March 15, 2016
We are pleased to anounce the release of four new fact sheets regarding our work through the Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant to build a strong and alligned early learning system in New Mexico.
Pyramid Partnership Picks Up Pace!
September 1, 2015
Along with other Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant work, the NM Pyramid Partnership is rolling full steam ahead with implementation. The Pyramid Partnership addresses the social and emotional development of young children and helps early childhood personnel address challenging behaviors. This includes using CSEFEL training curricula and a tiered support approach across early learning programs. The first round of preschool trainings were a success and we’ve been receiving great feedback! The Infant/Toddler Modules of the training will soon be rolled out so keep your eyes open for Save the Dates; the first part will be held in October with the second half scheduled for November.
Race to the Top hits its stride!
August 1, 2015
The image of racing to the top has always been a difficult one for me. Developing a system of high quality early learning for children birth to 5 and their families has never seemed like a competition that pits one state against another or one community against another. It is about making sure that all young children receive the developmental support and early learning opportunities they need so that they enter kindergarten ready for success.
Working Together for New Mexico's Children
July 1, 2015
This month Early Learning New Mexico is bringing you updates on two of the Race to the Top projects from our partners at the Public Education Department (PED). We are highlighting the Kindergarten Observation Tool and FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality for PED Preschool Programs (PreK, IDEA 619 and Title I).