Early childhood department proposal heads to governor’s desk

Politics - Government

A new education department could soon be formed in New Mexico.

Senate Bill 22 has passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. Should the governor sign it, four early education sub-departments from different state organizations would be combined under one roof.

It’s all part of the greater push to expand and strengthen the state’s pre-k system. The new department would focus on things like early childhood special education, home visitation, and family support.

“It has been years in the making and an opportunity that we have here in the state of New Mexico to really recreate how we can address the issues we are dealing with,” said Lt. Governor Howie Morales.

Michell Lujan Grisham will need to appoint a secretary for the new body if she signs the bill into law.

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