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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Mixed Age PreK Program

Deadline: April 9, 2019

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has allocated some funding to implement a mixed-age PreK Program for both three and four year olds where a PreK or Early PreK standalone program is not feasible. CYFD is referring to the implementation for PreK and Early PreK mixed age services for three and four year olds as the CYFD Mixed Age PreK Program.

The purpose of the Mixed Age PreK Program is to: 1) increase statewide access to voluntary high quality early childhood education programs where a PreK or Early PreK standalone program is not feasible; 2) provide developmentally appropriate early learning activities for New Mexico children that focus on school readiness; 3) expand early childhood community capacity; 4) provide high quality early childhood education programs based on the comprehensive framework as described in the New Mexico PreK and Early PreK Program Standards.

CYFD is seeking applicants to provide CYFD Mixed Age PreK Program Extended Day PreK Services: Services shall be provided Monday through Friday. 900 Instructional hours for children who turn three years of age before 12:01 a.m., September 1st of the current year and are not age-eligible for kindergarten, and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year. Group size for single session is 16 children with a 1:8 ratio.

Amount: The Mixed Age PreK Program rate schedule per-child funding formula is below:

  • $8,000: Per-child reimbursement rate for a NM CYFD Mixed Age PreK Extended-Day (Maximum class size – 16; Educator:Child ratio – 1:8; 900 classroom hours – 990 hours total)
  • $4,000: Per-child reimbursement Rate for a NM CYFD Mixed Age PreK Basic (Maximum class size – 16; Educator:Child ratio – 1:8; 450 Classroom hours – 540 hours total)
  • $4,000: Per-child reimbursement rate for a NM CYFD Mixed Age PreK Basic – Double Session (Maximum class size – 14; Educator:Child ratio – 1:7; 450 Classroom hours – 540 hours total)

Eligibility:

  • Early childhood education programs, including Head Start, preschools, and early care and learning programs that are licensed by CYFD and in good standing and do not operate under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Programs shall provide Extended Day Services Monday through Friday
    Tribal early childhood education programs
  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and BIE contract (and grant) schools with early childhood education programs
  • Applicants that provide services in rural, underserved areas where a PreK or Early PreK Standalone option is not feasible
  • Must be currently enrolled in FOCUS and hold a child care license with a rate of 2+ (two plus) STAR program or above

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).

Although all eligible early childhood education programs statewide are encouraged to apply, CYFD will prioritize the funding of CYFD Mixed Age 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

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

Note: Applicants may attend the pre-application meeting so that they understand the application process and requirements for funding. The pre-application meeting will be held on March 7, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:45pm in English and from 3:00pm to 4:15pm in Spanish 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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