Early Childhood Investment Zone Community Profiles


New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD established Early Childhood Investment Zones in 2010. Since that time CYFD has prioritized funding for these communities when new funding streams have become available for early childhood services.

A taskforce from the New Mexico Department of Health, Public Education Department, and Children Youth and Families Department used epidemiological data to compare levels of risk and resiliency across New Mexico’s communities to rank these geographical areas by levels of risk. Those with the highest aggregated need were identified as Investment Zones. These Early Childhood Investment Zones touch every region and every border of New Mexico, and range from frontier to urban population centers covering 11 counties and 35 school districts.

Data were gathered and analyzed from all New Mexico’s counties and school districts. The combined county and school district data allowed a broad look at indicators associated with health, family environment, poverty levels, child development, and factors that support literacy and school readiness. Also included were indicators related to school success, including graduation rates, resource investment at the school district level, and support for pregnant and parenting teens.

The intent is that these communities “establish community-specific capacity building, infrastructure development and comprehensive integrated early childhood care, health and education services in ways that can be used as models by other communities across the state” (State of New Mexico Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Application For Phase 2 Funding, 2012).

The Early Childhood Data Profiles include many early childhood indicators that can be used in local planning efforts. Data presented here are categorized into four broad domains:

  • Birth factors
  • Family environment factors
  • Education factors
  • Economic factors

The following profiles are publications of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Early Childhood Services Division and are produced by Coop Consulting, Inc. For more information or to report an error in a publication please contact Michael Coop, coopconsulting@gmail.com or Dan Haggard, dan.haggard@state.nm.us.

All documents are in PDF format: