February Preschool FOCUS Newsletter
February 22, 2017
This month’s FOCUS On Young Children’s Newsletter is a bit different from our typical format. In this issue, a wide array of resources—as they relate to supporting the culture and language of dual language learners as enumerated in FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality—is provided for administrators and teachers. These digital resources are shared in the section What’s in it for me?, even including a fun, educational app for your phone. Our Bright Spots column features a partnership of four state education institutions that support professional development for educational assistants in Clovis Municipal Schools. The Consultant Spotlight introduces Sally Green.
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.