Education based supplemental wages

About the Program

The ECECD (Early Childhood Education and Care Department) Wage Supplement Program provides education-based supplemental wages to early childhood educators who work as teachers, teacher’s assistants, or family childcare home professionals with children from birth to age five.  The program is education-based and includes ten incremental levels; the more education one attains, the more supplement one can receive.

The program is open to teachers, teacher’s assistants, and home care professionals who work a minimum of 20 hours/week in New Mexico at a:
  • New Mexico licensed or registered childcare setting;
  • New Mexico Pre-K or Early Pre-K program in a community-based setting;
  • New Mexico Pre-K or Early Pre-K program authorized by a public school or charter including Title I or 619 Preschool Program;
  • New Mexico Head Start or Early Head Start program;
Applicants must meet these additional requirements:
  • have a minimum of five credit hours of early childhood education classes 
  • earn less than $16.oo an hour
  • work at the SAME employer for six months
  • work with ages birth – 5

If you do not currently have a minimum of 5 credit hours in Early Childhood Education, you must show proof of enrollment in ECE classes by September 15, 2021 otherwise your application will be denied.  You can reapply for Wage Supplement once you have enrolled in school.

Supplemental Pay Award Information

You can apply for the Wage Supplement Program at any time – you do not need to wait for July or January.  You will receive your supplement payment in the month following your 6-month qualification.  For example:

  • If you apply in September and continue to meet all the eligibility requirements for 6 months, you will receive a payment in March.  At the end of your six-month award cycle, you can complete a new application and start the process again. 
  • If you apply in February and continue to meet all the eligibility requirements for 6 months, you will receive a payment in August.  At the end of your six-month award cycle, you can complete a new application and start the process again. 
If you start the process and become ineligible, you can start a new application any time you become eligible.  Simply contact your coach or the ECECD Team for help.
 
Payments are made based on a flat-fee scale.  Payment amount is based on part-time (20-31 hours/ week) or full-time (32+ hours/week) status and education level.  See below for information related to education levels. 
 
Click here for information on payment amounts.
 

Education Requirements

The Wage Supplement Program is an education-based supplement.  Participants at Levels 1-4 are required to continue to earn credentials and degrees as they progress through the supplement levels.  Once an applicant has reached Level 5, they are encouraged, but not required to take additional courses and earn additional degrees.  Remember, the scholarship program can help you obtain coursework and degrees in Early Childhood related fields.  Click here to access information about the Scholarship Program.

If you do not currently have a minimum of 5 credit hours in Early Childhood Education, you must show proof of enrollment in ECE classes by September 15, 2021 otherwise your application will be denied.  You can reapply for Wage Supplement once you have enrolled in school.

Levels 1-4 have a time-limit to move to the next level.

Level 1:

  • minimum of 5 credit hours in Early Childhood Education credits
  • maximum of 2 years funded at Level 1 for Wage Supplement

Level 2:

  • 12 credits in Early Childhood Education credits or CDC or IFS Certificate
  • maximum of 2 years funded at Level 2 for Wage Supplement

Level 3:

  • 24 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education
  • maximum of 4 years funded at Level 3 for Wage Supplement

Level 4:

  • 48 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education
  • maximum of 4 years funded at Level 4 for Wage Supplement

There is no time limit to move between levels 5-10.

Level 5:

  • 60 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associates Degree

Level 6:

  • 75 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education

Level 7:

  • 90 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education

Level 8:

  • 75 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education

Level 9:

  • 120 credits towards a degree in Early Childhood Education

Level 10:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Current scholarship and/or wage supplement recipients may be eligible to receive a one-time incentive payment if they are certified bilingual.
  •  One time incentive payment is $1,500.00
  •  Upload a copy of your certification 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
  • If you need help applying for the bilingual incentive payment, please contact your Coach or the ECECD Team