New Mexico First Blog

New Mexico First supports the College Affordability Fund bill before the N.M. State Legislature

Heather Balas, New Mexico First's executive director, testified before N.M. State Legislature, House Education Committee about the role of the College Affordability Fund bill and the importance of reinstating funding, a priority of New Mexico First's 2018 statewide town hall on higher education.  ..

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New Mexicans urged to complete education survey, informing ESSA reforms

Survey available in English and Spanish  ..

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NM PreK Las Cruces Community Meeting


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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

2015 New Mexico Progress Report .. Read More

What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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New Mexico Child Care and Early Education Task Force Report Released

In conjunction with the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, New Mexico First released the New Mexico Child Care and Early Education Task Force Report. The report is the result of recommendations made by a task force of statewide stakeholders representing child care providers, early childhood education institutions, business associations, foundations, advocacy groups, state agencies, and legislators. It details recommendations on stability for children and families, child care workforce, and child care quality and accountability.

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Early Childhood Development Forums

Essential to any conversation on childcare is the perspective of education professionals along with parents and other stakeholders. The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership wants you to be part of this conversation! On behalf of the partnership you are invited to participate in a Childcare and Early Education Regional Forum in Farmington or Las Cruces.

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Governor Martinez signs New Mexico First supported bills!

New Mexico First is thrilled to announce that Governor Susana Martinez has signed the following bills that are part of our Centennial Town Hall and the STEM Action Planning Summit legislative agenda. Please click on the individual bill links below to view the final signed version of each bill.  ..

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New Mexico First supported bills heard in committees today; others already on the senate and house floor awaiting a vote; victories to come

Economic Development
, the economic development bill on Mainstreet in frontier communities, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Affairs Committee (3/12/13) today.

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Legislative Updates

HB310 the early childhood program eligibility bill passed the Senate Education Committee and has now moved to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
HB333 the early childhood visiting bill passed in the House (62-0) and have now moved to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
SB365 the early childhood visiting bill passed in the Senate (39-0) and is now assigned to the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and scheduled for a hearing on 3-7-13.
HB67 passed in the House and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.
SB234 the New Mexico chile advertising act violations passed Senate Judiciary Committee and is now scheduled for a vote in the Senate.  ..

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