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Children, Youth and Families Department: New Mexico Early PreK Program

Deadline: April 3, 2018

New Mexico Early PreK provides voluntary, state-funded early childhood education programs for children who turn three years of age before 12:01am, September 1st and are not age-eligible for New Mexico PreK. New Mexico Early PreK aims to: 1) increase statewide access to voluntary high quality early childhood education programs; 2) provide developmentally appropriate early learning activities for New Mexico children that focus on school readiness; 3) expand early childhood community capacity; and 4) provide high quality early childhood education programs based on the comprehensive framework as described in the New Mexico Early PreK Program Standards.

Applications are being accepted to provide the following NM Early PreK Program Options:

  • New Mexico Early PreK Basic Services: 450 Instructional hours for eligible children and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year. Group size for single session is 16 children with a 1:8 ratio, and group size for double session is 14 children with a 1:7 ratio.
  • New Mexico Early PreK Extended Day Services: 900 Instructional hours for eligible children and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year. Group size for single session is 16 children with a 1:8 ratio.

Priority will be given to programs within the attendance boundaries of public elementary schools that are designated as Title 1 schools and that have at least sixty-six percent of the children served living within the attendance zone of a Title 1 elementary school. (See current list of Title I schools at www.newmexicoprek.org). New Mexico Early PreK Programs must apply to participate in the FOCUS (New Mexico Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System) within one year of award, as stated in the New Mexico Early PreK Program Standards.

Priority will also be given to New Mexico Early PreK programs located within (and serving the children living within) the boundaries of Early Childhood Investment Zones:

  • Dexter, Tatum, Lovington, Hobbs, Eunice, and Jal School Districts
  • Logan, San Jon, Tucumcari, House, Vaughn, and Santa Rosa School Districts
  • Estancia and Mountainair School Districts
  • Gallup-McKinley, Zuni, and Grants-Cibola School Districts
  • Cuba, Dulce, Jemez Mountain, Chama Valley, Mesa Vista, and Espanola School Districts
  • Mosquero, Roy, Cimarron, Raton, Maxwell, and Springer School Districts
  • Rio Grande Cluster of the Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Magdalena, Deming, Hatch, Gadsden, and Truth or Consequences School Districts

Amount: The current per-child reimbursement rate is

$8,000 – Per‐Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM Early PreK Extended‐Day Child
(Maximum Class Size – 16)
(Educator: Child Ratio – 1:8)
(900 Classroom Hours – 990 Hours Total)

$4,000 – Per‐Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM Early PreK Basic Child
(Maximum Class Size – 16)
(Educator: Child Ratio – 1:8)
(450 Classroom Hours – 540 Hours Total)

$4,000 – Per‐Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM Early PreK Basic – Double Session Child
(Maximum Class Size – 14)
(Educator: Child Ratio – 1:7)
(450 Classroom Hours – 540 Hours Total)

Eligibility:

  • Early childhood education programs that are licensed by CYFD and in good standing and do not operate under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Tribal early childhood education programs
  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, and BIE contract (and grant) schools with early childhood education programs
  • Programs currently funded or previously funded by CYFD for NM PreK must be (or must have been) in satisfactory contract compliance.

Link: https://cyfd.org/for-providers/rfp

Note: A recommended pre-application meeting will be held on February 26, 2018 in English from 9:30am-11:00am; and in Spanish from 11:00am-12:30pm at the following location:

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department
(Old) PERA Building – 2nd Floor Auditorium/Apodaca Hall
1120 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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