Early Childhood Education
The state of childhood development in New Mexico
Since the Thornburg Foundation began funding in early childhood education in 2014, recurring public spending on home visiting, child care, and PreK has more than doubled from $152 million to $371 million. The Legislature and Governor appear eager to continue this trend, establishing a permanent funding source through a first-in-the-nation early childhood trust fund. Additionally, the state has a new early childhood department charged with oversight and accountability. Finally, the state’s system for preparing early childhood educators is stronger, including a statewide mentorship network to support aspiring educators. Given these successes, the Thornburg Foundation is shifting its focus from early childhood to a new, soon-to-be-determined policy area.
Our Focus Areas
We seek to identify the root causes of New Mexico’s most challenging problems and work to advance non-partisan, evidence-based solutions.
Measurable outcomes for high quality early childhood care and education.
A highly effective early childhood care and education workforce.
A well-managed, fully funded early childhood care and education system.