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About the Early Childhood Office

Learn about the vision, mission, work, and essential functions of the Early Childhood Office.

Early Childhood provides professional development to enhance learning outcomes for young children in the areas of transition to kindergarten, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership to develop a collaborative partnership between the home, school, and community. The department plays a key role in how public schools serve and support the needs of children birth to age eight. The focus has been to coordinate efforts with leaders across APS departments, the City, County, and State along with national experts to play a noteworthy role in developing a delivery system that is responsive to family needs and that is child-centered.

The relationships, programs, and networks that have evolved to date through Early Childhood require a systems alignment and direction from the District that will continue to build on the strengths of these partnerships and lay a foundation for the future growth of early childhood programs and initiatives.

Vision

Our Vision is to provide a continuum of instructional programs along with related services supporting the full participation of all preschool children, their families, and educators, based on developmentally appropriate practices that address the diverse needs of the community.

Mission

Our Mission is to intentionally plan and develop FOCUS-based, high-quality preschool programs implemented in APS classrooms, that lead to positive outcomes for children.  We value diversity, equity, and appreciation for each individual participant of our programs.

Work

Our work is to be a gateway to the community and a support system to schools in providing relevant and timely information related to child development and learning issues specific to the young child.

Essential Functions

  • Convene and facilitate monthly APS early childhood collaborative meetings and action planning
  • Coordinate district-wide early childhood professional development and provide technical support for district initiatives
  • Communicate across district departments to ensure alignment with state and district initiatives
  • Manage NM PreK budget and compliance requirements by braiding NM Pre-K and Title I Preschool Funds. 
  • Provide technical support to schools to comply with NM PED FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality for All New Mexico Public School Preschool Programs.
  • Communicate and report to APS leadership, NMPED, and NMECD regarding FOCUS compliance issues.
  • Represent District at state level on taskforces related to NM PreK and birth to age 8 issues
  • Respectfully engage families by recognizing and promoting the concept that the parent is the child's first teacher.
  • Support the District's efforts to communicate early childhood best practices, which address the needs of the whole child. 
  • Transitioning Children from home to school and from preschool to kindergarten.