The New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (NMAEYC) is the strongest voice for Early Childhood Professionals in New Mexico. NMAEYC envisions a respected, educated professional workforce providing developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive, high-quality, early care and education.
NMAEYC promotes quality care and education for the well-being of ALL young children, birth to eight, through professional development and advocacy. We are the NM state affiliate of NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children—the largest organization representing children in the world.
NMAEYC efforts include:
NMAEYC Conference: NMAEYC provides a high quality, affordable conference annually that serves over 1,000 ECE professionals, college students and faculty, families, providers and others in the field. We continue to expand the subject matter, content, and offerings at the annual conference for the benefit of all NM early childhood educators. The NMAEYC annual conference provides New Mexico's early childhood educators with a premier opportunity to share best practices, network, and enhance their skill set via Continuing Education Units (CEUs). NMAEYC is committed to reaching rural areas of New Mexico so that ECE from these areas are provided opportunities to attend the conference by offering scholarships and travel subsidies. We plan on holding other smaller early childhood conferences throughout the state, including one in Southern NM.
NAEYC Accreditation: Our Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) serves licensed childcare centers in New Mexico by providing technical assistance in the NAEYC accreditation process (which is the equivalent of the 5 star quality rating provided by Children Youth and Families Department). Our primary goal is to make sure that accreditation is within reach of any center that is offering high quality education and care to New Mexico's youth. NMAEYC will expand our accreditation program to connect with low income and rural communities across New Mexico and help eliminate information and financial barriers to accreditation via consultation and additional grant support.
Power to the Profession (P2P): We have worked directly with NAEYC with our P2P program, to establish a unifying framework for career pathways, competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation for ECE by holding focus groups and listening sessions statewide. Building up the ways that professionals enter the early childhood education field and providing them with the most current information and best practices in the field is our goal.
Public Policy Work: Our public policy work includes advocating our P2P framework, but also involves raising awareness on the impact of high quality childcare across all delivery systems in New Mexico. New Mexioc's children have the right to equitable learning experiences and we will connect with partners in ECE to do so as we believe in maximizing our efforts in raising awareness with New Mexico's community and political leaders.
Partnerships: NMAEYC partners with insitutions throughout the state to reach into undeserved communities and provide high quality professional development, programming, and resources. Our partners include other nonprofits, faith-based organizations, community programs, corporations, family foundations, local business, universities and colleges, and committed individuals.