Effective May 1, 2022, ECECD expanded the eligibility for child care assistance to 400%
and the copayment waiver to include all families that are eligible for child care assistance through June
30, 2023, subject to budgetary considerations. During this time period, ECECD will pay all copayments
directly to the providers and will include those copayments in ECECD’s monthly provider payment.
Click here to learn more about the new waiver!
Please note: If your family does qualify for Child Care Assistance, you will need to let your Eligibility Coordinator know which program you have chosen so that the payment can be sent directly to that program.
Ready to find a provider? Use our Search Portal below and select “Child Care” under Type of Care or call us at 1-800-691-9067 for a customized referral with one of our Family Specialists.
To apply for ECECD Child Care Assistance you have three options:
Search for early childhood services in the state of New Mexico. Services include Home Visiting Programs, Center and Home-Based Child Care, Early Intervention Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, New Mexico PreK, and Special Education Preschool.
Advanced filters are available after you enter your search. 1
The State of New Mexico wants to ensure that families have all of the relevant information they need to make an informed decision when choosing care for their children, including access to criminal background information. Any in-home child care provider licensed or registered by the state has at minimum undergone a Child Care Health and Safety Orientation, CPR/First Aid training, a background check for every adult living in the home, and an inspection. Please use the following look-up tool to make sure that the in-home care provider you are considering is licensed or registered with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department. You can also use the state and national databases at the bottom of the page to check the criminal background of any provider you are considering. To learn about the Mandatory COVID Response Training, visit the NMELS.
Note to Families: If the in-home care provider who you are considering for your family does NOT appear in this database, please call 1-800-691-9067 for more information about child care in your area or use the Early Childhood Services Search tab on this page.
Note to Providers: If you are licensed or registered with ECECD and your name is not listed in the database, please call 1-800-691-9067 so we can make an update. If you would like to become a licensed or registered in-home provider, please click here.
Mario Archuleta was barely three years old when, on October 11, 2002, his child care
provider purposely scalded his hands with hot water after a toileting accident. Mario
spent two weeks at the UNMH burn trauma unit. Doctors removed skin from his thighs to
graft to his hands during a five-hour operation. He spent a year in rehabilitation. His
child care provider pled guilty to second degree child abuse and neglect and was
sentenced to nine years in the penitentiary.
To help other families avoid the pain and trauma that their family experienced, Mario’s parents asked that the State of New Mexico establish a database of registered child care home providers who have obtained background check eligibility, under the relevant background check regulations. They also asked that parents have access to other state and national databases to check on their provider’s background. You can access these databases below.
For more information on selecting child care providers, read the Parent’s Guide to Selecting Quality Child Care.
To search for child care for your child, please click on the Early Childhood Services tab on this page.
To apply for Child Care Assistance to help pay for child care, please visit Am I Eligible.
Search by Name and Zip Code
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) registers or licenses child care homes in accordance with the regulations found here.
*A Background Check for an in-home child care provider consists of a review of available state criminal histories. Beginning in 2001, the background check also includes a screen of New Mexico’s child/adult abuse/neglect database; these are reviewed to determine whether disqualifying information exists. Background check eligibility is determined by and in accordance with criteria set forth and promulgated at Title 8, Chapter 8, Part 3 of the New Mexico Administrative Code, Governing Background Checks and Employment History Verification.
Other Important Criminal Databases
The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) registers and licenses child care homes in accordance with the regulations found here.
Note for Families 3
Our PreK Map is undergoing an update and will be available and better than ever on Monday, March 28th. If you are looking for a PreK program in your area, please use our Early Childhood Services search, and filter by type.
Safe Sleep! Are you looking to get a Safe Sleep Baby Kit for your expecting family or infant? Please use our search to find a Home Visiting program near you to sign up for a Safe Sleep education session to get this free, no obligation resource! Once you enter your address, you can narrow your results down to only Home Visiting programs by using the quick filter. Find out more about the program.
Looking for the COVID-19 Provider List and Table? Click here
Need a customized referral with a Family Specialist?
Please call our office at 1 (800) 691-9067. The call will be personalized to your specific needs. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and referrals will be given to you via an e-mail or over the phone. Calls are returned Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Use our search feature above to find child care resources in your area.
Use the quick filter or advanced filters to find the right service for you and your family.
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Child Care in New Mexico is a broad category of care for children ages 0 up to 13, depending on the individual program. Child Care includes services like child care centers, in home child care, Head Start, and PreK programs. Child Care in New Mexico is monitored by the Early Childhood Education and Care Department, which is in charge of licensing and registration of child care providers.
New Mexico provides a coordinated continuum of high-quality, community-driven, culturally and linguistically appropriate home visiting services that promote maternal, infant, and early childhood health, safety, development, and strong parent-child relationships. Home Visiting helps families to: gain knowledge regarding child development, connect with community support services, discover ways to support learning through play and interactions, receive emotional support through challenges associated with raising a child, and access support to get out of dangerous or unhealthy situations.
IDEA / Developmental Programs are used to help families who are concerned about their child's development or for families who have identified developmental delays in their children.