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

Deadline: March 5, 2019

The Children, Youth and Families Department refers to pre-kindergarten services to three-year olds as Early PreK. The NM PreK Program will provide funding for three-year old children. The Program seeks 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. The program will provide funding to applicants to provide the following NM Early PreK Program Options:

  • New Mexico Early PreK Basic Services: Services shall be provided Monday through Friday. 450 Instructional hours for children who turn three years of age before 12:01 a.m., September 1st and are not age-eligible for Pre-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, and group size for double session is 14 children with a 1:7 ratio.
  • New Mexico Early PreK Extended Day 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 and are not age-eligible for Pre-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.

New Mexico PreK applications will be evaluated and priority 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.

Although all eligible early childhood education programs statewide are encouraged to apply, CYFD will prioritize the funding of New Mexico Early PreK programs located within (and serving the children living within) the boundaries of Early Childhood Investment Zones, which include:

  • 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 New Mexico Early PreK (3 year-olds) rate schedule is below:

  • $8,000 Per-Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM Early PreK Extended-Day Child
  • $4,000 Per-Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM Early PreK Basic Child
  • $4,000 Per-Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM Early PreK Basic – Double Session Child

Eligibility: Currently funded NM PreK programs whose contract and/or purchase order is expected to terminate on June 30, 2019, as well as new programs are encouraged to respond to this application. Eligible applicants are:

  • 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
  • Programs must provide 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
  • Programs currently funded or previously funded by CYFD for NM PreK services must be (or must have been) in satisfactory contract compliance

Note: Under this solicitation, CYFD will not allow currently funded 4 year old PreK programs to convert composition to Early PreK.

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. A pre-application meeting for will be held on February 12, 2019 in English from 9:30am to 10:45am; and in Spanish from 11:00am to 12:15pm 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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