With support from the Pritzker Children's Initiative, Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies - through the NCIT Capacity Building Hub - worked with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department and Growing Up New Mexico to conduct a cost study and develop a cost estimation model to inform subsidy rate setting. New Mexico, along with every other state, currently relies on the market-rate survey approach to set rates paid by public funding for child care subsidies under federal Child Care Development Block Grants. Under a market survey approach, child care rates paid by public funding are based on what parents can afford to pay for child care, not necessarily related to the actual cost of delivering quality care. This paper outlines the cost-estimation model that allows New Mexico’s early childhood leaders to better understand the actual cost of providing early care and education services in New Mexico.
Archived Meeting Resources August 24, 2022
This session was presented during the BUILD 2021 National Conference.
Strategies to Guide the Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Relief Funding for Early Care and Education
Report December 10, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic created a major upheaval to an already fragile early care and education system. As a result of the pandemic, families face additional challenges accessing care and child care providers are experiencing greater financial difficulties and struggling to keep their programs open. The pandemic has also exacerbated the racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequities within the child care system. As states strive to spend these funds in ways that support the child care industry and decrease these inequities, they must decide how to equitably distribute federal recovery funds to better support child care providers, as well as families that face greater barriers to accessing care due to systemic inequities. This report provides strategies to accomplish these goals.
Report December 8, 2021
The Improving Child Care Compensation Backgrounder 2021 provides tactical information to help leaders better understand the policy levers available to support early educator compensation, which is so critical right now when we can finally address this critical problem. In this update, we’ve included examples of states and counties implementing in different ways the eight strategies covered in the backgrounder, which are: compensation scales and standards, wage stipends and bonus payments, individual tax credits for child care educators, ARPA child care stabilization subgrants, child care assistance, benefits, apprenticeships, and pre-K parity for child care.