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.

Children in classroom

Some approaches to family support/home visiting, child care and prekindergarten are more successful than others. New Mexico needs to establish a framework that ensures these services are delivered according to research-based best practices to the short- and long-term benefit of all children. Grants include improving child care quality through shared services (NonProfit Back Office Resources and the Grant County Early Learning Network), supporting home-based child care providers (Partnership for Community Action) and increasing home visiting capacity (Santa Fe Community College).

A highly effective early childhood care and education workforce.

Teacher in preschool classroom

Across numerous fields, evidence shows practice improves by apprenticing to master teachers. Our grant making includes teacher training at multiple higher education institutions, creation of high school-to-career pathways and research to improve the teaching of social emotional skills.

A well-managed, fully funded early childhood care and education system.

Teacher in middle school classroom

Reform is needed to better coordinate early childhood programs and braid federal and state funding sources. Our areas of grant making have included estimating the economic benefits of investing in high quality early childhood programs, exploring various financing options and determining best practices in early childhood governance.