Scholarship Information and Help Sessions

      • Do you have questions about your scholarship application or the new process?
      • Don’t know what a degree plan is?
      • Wondering why your scholarship application hasn’t been approved yet?

Join the ECECD Scholarship coaches for a LIVE Information and Help session.  We will have a short presentation about some of the topics that cause an application to be delayed and we will be on hand to answer all your questions.  Join us for any of the following help sessions.  Bilingual coaches will be available at all three sessions but the primary presentation language is listed for each session.

Tuesday, 5/18 at 6:30 pm – SPANISH session: 

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or call in:  346-248-7799

Meeting ID: 968 1011 3894

Passcode: 427239

Thursday, 5/20 at 1:30 pm – ENGLISH session

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or call in:  253 215 8782

Meeting ID: 968 2968 8160

Passcode: 560102

Saturday, 5/22 at 9:00 am – ENGLISH and SPANISH

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OR call in:  669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 971 0362 8286

Passcode: 883687

Scholarship Program

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) provides scholarship opportunities that make it possible for early childhood educators and care providers to afford coursework leading to advanced credentials and degrees.  Scholarship awards include one year of funding for tuition, fees, and associated textbooks.  Scholarships have the possibility of renewal each year.  Dedicated Scholarship Coaches work directly with scholars to support their pursuit of advanced credentials and degrees.

  • Click here for a PDF flyer regarding the ECECD Scholarship Program:  English          Spanish
Bilingual Incentive Payment
  • Current scholarship and/or wage supplement recipients may be eligible to receive a one-time incentive payment of $1,500 if they are certified bilingual.
  • To receive the incentive payment, upload a copy of your certification document to your scholarship or wage supplement account:
      • passed PRAXIS-TESOL    or
      • passed La Prueba      or
      • bilingual seal on High School Diploma    or
      • Tribal/Pueblo/Nation Certification for indigenous languages
Scholarship Payment Information
  • Once you upload all required documents, your coach will send an Authorization Ticket to the college/university letting them know the ECECD Scholarship will pay your tuition, fees, and books after all Financial Aid and other scholarships have been applied.
  • You may still see a balance on your account until your Scholarship is paid.  Typically the balance is shown as “Third Party” but this may not always be the case.
  • Scholarships are not paid to the colleges/universities until at least the middle of each semester.

Wage Supplement Program

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) provides education-based supplemental wages to low-paid teachers and teacher’s assistants and family childcare home professionals working with children from birth to age five.  Applicants must earn less than $16/hour; work a minimum of 20 hours/week in a qualified program, and have at least 5 credit hours of Early Childhood education classes or 70 credit hours or well-rounded coursework from a higher education institution.

Bilingual Incentive Payment
  • Current scholarship and/or wage supplement recipients may be eligible to receive a one-time incentive payment of $1,500 if they are certified bilingual.
  • To receive the incentive payment, upload a copy of your certification document to your scholarship or wage supplement account:
      • passed PRAXIS-TESOL    or
      • passed La Prueba      or
      • bilingual seal on High School Diploma    or
      • Tribal/Pueblo/Nation Certification for indigenous languages