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Our Mission

Investing in New Mexico's children by strengthening licensed early care and education programs through advocacy and professional development.

Our Vision

A prosperous future for NM children by creating strong academic foundations and ensuring access to quality child care to all families.

Our History

NMCCEA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 1995 in response to Human Services Department reimbursement rates remaining stagnant for nine years.


The state began giving families more subsidies to afford child care, however, when the cost of living rose, program reimbursement rates did not. Providers weren’t being paid at market prices, so centers began closing their doors.


NMCCEA was created to serve as the unified voice of child care centers in state legislation across New Mexico. 


Today, NMCCEA still advocates for child care and early education programs, however, efforts now include professional development, ensuring all families have access to high-quality child care.

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