Scholarship Program

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) provides scholarship opportunities to make it possible for early educators and care providers to afford coursework leading to advanced credentials and degrees.  Scholarship awards include one year of funding for tuition and reimbursement for 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.

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 5 credit hours of Early Childhood education classes or 70 credit hours or well-rounded coursework from a higher education institution.