Governor Martinez Expands Investment in Early PreK Pilot Program
SANTA FE -- Governor Susana Martinez today announced an additional $3.5 million investment in New Mexico’s Early PreK pilot program, bringing the total investment to more than $10.5 million over the last two years.
“In New Mexico, we’re committed to giving our kids a head start in their education because no matter their background, every child can learn,” Governor Martinez said. “Expanding our investment in this important program helps us ensure that more of our kids start school prepared to learn.”
Through this expansion, access to Early PreK will now be available at seven child care centers in Eddy, Lea, Luna, Santa Fe, and Torrance Counties. The additional funding also allows Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, San Juan, and Valencia counties to expand access to 22 additional sites from last year. Together, the expansion will serve more than 530 more New Mexico children with access to Early PreK.
The Early PreK pilot program, which began in July 2015, provides voluntary early childhood education opportunities to 3-year-olds who are not yet eligible for New Mexico PreK. Governor Martinez’s administration has invested more than $10.5 million in Early PreK over the last two years. Due to the Governor’s continued expansion of the program, 51 childcare centers in 16 counties are now offering Early PreK to nearly 1,000 New Mexico children.
“Through Governor Martinez’s leadership, we’re more than doubling the number of 3-year-olds who have access to Early PreK in New Mexico,” said Children, Youth, and Families Department Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson. “Targeted investments like this will help us continue to improve the quality of life of our children.”
In May, the National Institute for Early Education Research released a State of PreK report showing New Mexico improved 10 spots in rankings for funding for early childhood education, moving to 18th in the nation.