The New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, signed a bill to establish a State Department that focuses on early childhood education.
Senate Bill 22 passed both Chambers with bipartisan support.
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will expand program eligibility, provide New Mexico families with high-quality care and education services.
“This new department is the vehicle,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said, “to arguably the most important turnaround we must and will make as a state in the coming years. Even while we occasionally disagree on the funding mechanisms, New Mexicans across the political spectrum agree on the importance of early childhood education. This department is an investment in our children, and thus in our shared future. It is an important step forward. We have many more steps to take, and I will continue to lead the push, and, on behalf of families across New Mexico, I’m grateful to legislators who put our shared principles into practice with this bill.”
That care will include early intervention, family support and early childhood special education.