Albuquerque Public Schools believes in creating a pathway to early childhood education and is in favor of an Early Childhood Education and Care Department at the state level.
The importance of early education and care of New Mexico’s youngest citizens is vital to the future success of our state and our country.
APS has a vested interest and an obligation to our community in the establishment of high-quality early education and the care of children starting before birth until children enter into the public schools. We look forward to collaborating with the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department in aligning educational and early care systems to support New Mexico’s families with young children.
We read the research, hear the statistics and understand that the first three years of a child’s life influences brain development and the pathway of a student’s academic career. In many high-poverty areas including our city and state, children are not kindergarten-ready. In addition, a parent’s poverty level and educational completion can be connected to inadequate literacy skills.