News

Award to NMECDP to help conduct the Needs Assessment & Strategic Plan

June 26, 2019

We are excited to announce that the Preschool Development Grant Birth – 5 (PDG B-5) Leadership Team has awarded a contract to the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) to help us to conduct a statewide early learning Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan. The award is the result of a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process that generated strong proposals from both New Mexico and National Organizations.

 We believe that NMECDP, with their track record of engaging New Mexico’s diverse communities around early learning issues, is well positioned to implement the State of New Mexico’s early learning Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan under a tight timeline (i.e. by December 2019).

As part of the statewide early learning needs assessment, the NMECDP will help us engage with families, early childhood providers and stakeholders through 10 community forums across the state and through a statewide early learning survey around issues of ‘equitable access’, ‘workforce’, ‘state and local governance’ and ‘financing options’. The NMECDP team will also host focused listening sessions with particular groups, including Native American communities, immigrant families, teen parents, families with children with developmental delays and disabilities, etc. as well as, sessions with particular stakeholder groups, e.g. health care providers, state and local government, the business, philanthropic and faith communities, higher education, etc. The needs assessment will gather information and data of the current early learning challenges statewide as well as ideas and recommendation for improvement strategies.

The NMECDP will analyze the information and data gathered through the needs assessment, which will result in a 3-year statewide early learning strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap for the new Early Child Education and Care Department, which will be fully operational in July 2020.

 Watch for more information in the coming weeks regarding the needs assessment and how to you can get involved to promote its success to help us a build a strong early learning system for young children and their families in NM! For more information on the PDG B-5 go to www.earlylearningnm.org/pdg-b-5