New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department: Child Care Supply Building Grant
The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) prioritizes increasing access and quality to early childhood services to meet the needs of children, families and communities. The Child Care Supply Building Grant will build critically needed high quality childcare supply throughout New Mexico, especially in areas of high poverty that are designated as childcare deserts.
ECECD will prioritize applications that propose to:
• Increase childcare supply in New Mexico’s designated child care deserts
• Increase the supply of childcare in communities with high poverty
• Increase the supply of Infant and Toddler childcare
• Increase the supply of non-traditional hour childcare
• Increase the supply before and after school childcare
Funds awarded will be subject to the requirements and restrictions outlined in the Information Memorandum related to the ARPA Child Care Stabilization (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/occ/CCDF-ACF-IM-2021-02.pdf) and ECECD’s 5 Star capacity and group ratio as detailed in the FOCUS Essential Elements (https://www.nmececd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FOCUS-CenterBasedCare.pdf).
Award: A total of $10,000,000 is available. Award ranges are not specified.
Eligibility: (1) existing licensed or registered childcare providers doing business in the State of New Mexico, including eligible head start and tribal early child care providers, who seek to expand child care programs (see note below*); (2) employers that intend to create or expand child care for their employees; and (3) individuals, corporations, non-profits, governmental or other entities eligible and capable of opening licensed childcare in the State of New Mexico. To qualify, applicants must:
• Propose to increase the supply of licensed, high quality, childcare for infants, toddlers and young children;
• Demonstrate the commitment and capacity to build that proposed childcare supply;
• Demonstrate the ability to open the proposed licensed childcare within six months of award;
• Commit to operating the proposed childcare for at least ten years; and
• Commit to operating the proposed childcare at ECECD’s 5 Star group size and ratio requirements.
*Note: To be eligible to apply for the Child Care Supply Building Grant, a Head Start or tribal early childcare program must be able to match the funding request from their federal funds (e.g., Head Start or childcare and development block grant).
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