ECECD Begins Distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Early Childhood Professionals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

04.22.2020

SANTA FE — Today, the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) began distributing “starter packs” of personal protective equipment (PPE) to early childhood personnel serving other essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These packets include face shields (for taking children's temperatures), surgical masks, and gloves; the size of the packets depends on the size and type of child care setting (e.g. home or center). The equipment will reach over 1,100 facilities, staffed by over 3,000 early childhood professionals, serving more than 7,500 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. 

Fifteen volunteer team leaders from across the state are helping distribute PPE to child care centers and homes throughout their regions - a true team effort. 
 
Distribution
 
Today, with the help of more than a dozen volunteers, including members of the Kiwanis Club, ECECD staff distributed packets at the Maloof facility in Albuquerque. Tomorrow, (April 23) the team will do the same: 
 
Location: 3401 Pan American Freeway NE 87107
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.
 
Providers may drive up to the front of the building and staff will be available; the ECECD team will be wearing masks and gloves and can either load materials in providers’ trunks or leave car-side.
 
On April 21, ECECD also mailed packets to Gallup, Farmington, and Socorro. The Department has assigned regional leads who will be in touch with local providers regarding distribution. 
 
In Las Cruces, the UNM Hub will assist with distribution and pickup.
 
Location: UNM Early Childhood Services Center HUB
301 S. Church Street
Las Cruces, NM
 
Time: Thursday, April 23 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 24 - 9 a.m. to noon
 
Curbside pickup will be available on the north side of the building; providers can look for signage with a number to call upon arrival.
 
UNM is also delivering PPE to the other 5 counties (Otero, Lincoln, Luna, Grant, and Hidalgo) in the south - and is contacting providers directly in those areas for pickup and/or delivery.  
 
Thermometers 
 
ECECD and DOH have located a vendor who can supply large quantities of no-touch thermometers for child care centers that remain open to serve essential personnel. ECECD is working through the purchase process as quickly as possible. 
 
Child Face Coverings
 
Many centers have already made child-sized face coverings. In addition, ECECD is in the process of acquiring 5000 more - and will distribute them as soon as possible.
 
Providers Interested in Helping with PPE Distribution
 
If providers would like to help lead PPE distribution in their areas, they may email child.care@state.nm.us.

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Contact: Matt Bieber
Director of Communications
Early Childhood Education and Care Department
matt.bieber@state.nm.us
505-629-9675

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