NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A new grant from the state hopes to help increase child care centers across New Mexico. $10 million in is available through the New Mexico Child Care Supply Building Grant.

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The funding will allow for child care providers to expand existing facilities or open new ones. According to a report by the Center for American Progress, 53% of New Mexicans live in areas with a lack of child care. The Early Childhood Education and Care Department estimate the grant will create 800 child care slots across the state.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • propose to increase the supply of licensed, high quality, child care for infants, toddlers and young children;
  • demonstrate the commitment and capacity to build that proposed child care supply;
  • demonstrate the ability to open the proposed licensed child care within six months of award;
  • commit to operating the proposed child care for at least ten years; and
  • commit to operating the proposed child care at ECECD’s 5 Star group size and ratio requirements.

Applications for the grant open on June 10. Anyone interested needs to submit a letter of intent that shows the ability to increase access to child care. For more information visit the ECECD website.