NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Early childhood educators in New Mexico could be up for a pay raise. The state announced childcare providers can apply for a new grant allowing them to increase wages by $3.

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Officials say that would raise the wage floor to $15 an hour for entry-level staff and $20 for lead teachers. The Early Childhood Education and Care Department projects at least 1,600 staffers would benefit from the raise. The application process begins on November 1.