Proposed Expansion of New Mexico PreK

Proposed Expansion of New Mexico PreK


Date(s): 28-SEPT-2016

Time(s): 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location(s): Home Builder’s Association
2825 North Main Street
Las Cruces 88001

Directions  

Overview

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership proposes that the state expand the PreK program to make it available, free of charge, for all three- and four-year-olds in New Mexico whose parents are interested. As is true now, the program would remain state-funded and voluntary. The Partnership contracted with New Mexico First, a nonpartisan public policy organization, to serve as neutral facilitator for the community and stakeholder gathering.

The meeting will:

  • Educate stakeholders and community members about the current New Mexico PreK program, including how many children are served and what it has accomplished since its inception in 2005.
  • Engage community members in discussion of the pros and cons of the proposal.

There doesn’t seem to be much debate – on the state or national level – about the importance of quality early learning experiences. These programs help close educational achievement gaps, prepare children for success in school, increase high school and college graduation rates, and ultimately build stronger statewide economic development.

However, there are financial or programmatic questions and challenges regarding significantly expanding New Mexico PreK at this time. What is the best way to ensure that all children have access to quality pre-school? How might we prepare a workforce equipped to fulfill such a goal? How might we pay for it? How do we maintain the quality levels necessary to have positive outcomes during an expansion?

Who Should Attend?

  • Early childhood educators
  • Childcare providers
  • Parents of children not yet in kindergarten
  • Business professionals
  • Nonprofit professionals
  • Government professionals
  • Public school employees
  • Policymakers

What Happens at the Meeting?
After a brief overview of the proposed expansion, professionals will facilitate informed discussions. All feedback will be recorded, as professionals work with each group to brainstorm and refine ideas that both support and raise concerns about the potential expansion. Lunch will be served during the meeting.

What Happens after the Meeting?
Following the meeting, the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership will consider advocacy options.

Agenda

Time


Description


11:30 AM

Welcome
Katherine Freeman, NMECDP
Local co-hosts
Local legislators

Overview

Claire Dudley, NMECDP
New Mexico Pre-K Expansion Proposal

12:10 PM

Small Group Discussions
Topic: Pros and cons of proposed expansion

2:00 PM

Small Group Report Out

2:30 PM

Adjourn

Reports

Background Report
Participants are asked to review the policy brief on the New Mexico PreK expansion.

  • Proposed Expansion of New Mexico PreK Background Report Proposed Expansion of New Mexico PreK Background Report
      27-Sep-2016

  • Final Report

  • Proposed Expansion of NM PreK Community Meeting: Recommendations Proposed Expansion of NM PreK Community Meeting: Recommendations
      02-Nov-2016

  • Sponsors

    The community meeting is sponsored by the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, with funding from the Thornburg Foundation and the Alliance for Early Success.




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