The New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group consists of private and public charitable foundations dedicated to improving the lives of babies, young children and their families in the state. Funders participating in the NM ECFG work together to advocate for quality, comprehensive early childhood systems that meet the developmental and cultural needs of families in NM, leading to strong decision-making regarding program expansion and fund allocation. The group collaborates by combining and exchanging ideas, knowledge, resources and commitment to enhance the well-being of NM’s young children and their families.
Santa Fe, NM
The NM EC Funders group is lead by a Steering Committee that directs operations, and a chair and vice chair that provide leadership for the group. Housed at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
In 2018, the New Mexico Early Childhood Funders’ Group commissioned “A Business Plan for Early Childhood.” The Business Plan provides a vision for responsibly expanding early childhood and a systems-based approach to achieving it. In other words, this is a framework for efficient and effective ways to reach more children with evidence-based early childhood programs, maximize the impact of any investment, and ultimately, transform New Mexico from the foundation up.
Following the plan’s release, the Funders Group engaged the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership to conduct a community and stakeholder engagement process. The goal of this phase of the project was to gather authentic community input and information from across the state with an emphasis on tribal communities. Over the course of five months, the Partnership heard from more than 300 people and 160 organizations in 39 communities across New Mexico. The results of those conversations, the “Community Outreach Report,” was compiled in partnership with the Native American Budget and Policy Institute, and can be found at: New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. Learn more: