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Early Education Superhero's Unveiled!


Early Education Superhero’s Unveiled

ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico Early Educators United released their first ever political endorsements and unveiled their Early Education Superhero’s for the 2012 General Election. Superhero’s include candidates for both the New Mexico State House and State Senate and were made by Early Educators United’s Political Action Committee.

Superhero’s were selected by bipartisan statewide membership based on the candidates knowledge and views of early childhood education, including their support for the Early Learning Constitutional Amendment and their willingness to fight for adequate funding for quality, accessible, and affordable early childhood education for all children in New Mexico.

Early Educators United supports and represents privately owned and non-profit early childhood education centers throughout New Mexico whose priority is education and development of children ages 0 – 5.

 “These candidates are dedicated and committed to fighting for quality, affordability, and accessibility for early childhood education in New Mexico, that’s why we named them our Early Education Superhero’s” reports Joan Baker, co-chair of the Political Action Committee and owner of My Happy Place.

His Kidz lobbies for early childhood ed.


'Get on the bus'
Terry Meyers, For the Headlight
Posted: 01/31/2012 03:53:24 PM MST


When Brenda Villegas began her career as an early childhood educator she did not think she would see the day that she would have to fight so hard for early education funding.

"The state of New Mexico is failing our children and they are not getting their fair opportunity for early education," said Villegas, owner of His Kidz Learning Center in Deming.

Community members, parents, educators and owners of early childhood education centers from across the state will head to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe on Thursday to lobby for permanent school funding.

It will be a day of action to restore funding for all children and to expand access for parents and children for quality early childhood education.

In the next few weeks New Mexico legislators will have an opportunity to support school children with two joint resolutions; SJR 9 and HJR 15 are now working their way through legislative committees. These resolutions will allow New Mexico voters to invest a small percentage of the state's school permanent fund in early childhood education programs.

Last year 62 early childhood education centers closed throughout the state and over 6,000 students of pre-school age were displaced.


Take 5 for Kids!

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The Early Learning Constitutional Amendment is on its way in Santa Fe and it’s now up to Early Educators to continue to spread the word through our communities.  That’s why Early Educators across the state have been engaging their communities with legislative meetings, advocacy trainings and now getting yard signs out to center parents and teachers.

How many signs will you take to hold our legislators accountable and remind them to vote yes for kids?


Our Kids, Our Funding, Our Voice

Check out the newest report, Early Education on the Brink, about Early Learning right here in New Mexico and the real solution to properly funding it.

Today, on the first day of the legislative session, our report was delivered to our Senators and Representatives to begin the conversation. It will continue over the next 30 days as legislators stand in the crossroads, deciding to either support Early Learning or ignore the foundation of education for our children, once again. 


Latest News Highlights Revenue for New Mexico – But Cuts Remain for Early childhood education.


After a 4% cut to state subsidy rates and the slashing of over 6K parents and children from early childhood education eligibility, you’d think the state would be rushing to restore access and support to early childhood education. Think again. Here’s the latest numbers on available, but withheld, funds for quality education.

New Mexico Permanent Funds achieve record returns

Biz Journal Article

New Mexico’s permanent funds recorded 22.5 percent in returns in fiscal year 2011, which ended on June 30.”  


New Mexico expects revenue growth 

$360M extra on hand next budget year

Santa Fe New Mexican Article

Early Educators and Community Members in a packed meeting in Deming, NM
Early Educators and Community Members in a packed meeting in Deming, NM

Community Meeting in Deming

Brenda Villegas of His Kidz Learning Center in Deming partnered with centers throughout her region to have one of the largest community meetings to date. There were 57 people who turned out to the community center and took action. They called senators and representatives to expres their concern over the cuts being placed on early education centers throughout the state. Members also talked about real solutions by investing in Early Education through use to the Permanent School Fund. Workshops were held on writing Letters to the Editor and how to lobby, in preparation for an upcoming trip to Santa Fe.

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