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ECFC Spring 2024 Member Meeting, Santa Fe, NM: Harvesting New Mexico’s Strengths, Cultivating Community

This event was held on April 30, 2024 - May 2, 2024

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ECFC’s Spring 2024 Meeting took place April 30 – May 2, 2024 in Santa Fe, NM, with a deep dive into the history and context of early childhood in New Mexico, key strategies unique to New Mexico, and lessons for other places and communities.  In partnership with the NM Early Childhood Funders Group and the NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department, we explored:

  • Early childhood legislative and policy landscape and history, including the establishment of a state level department for early care and learning, and a constitutional amendment giving young children the right to early care and education and secure funding from the state’s Land Grant Fund to support programming.
  • Grassroots and advocacy movements that fueled (and continue to drive) early childhood and child care improvements in the state;
  • Innovative community-based programs and organizations that are harnessing the resilience and uniqueness of New Mexico families and communities;
  • The substantial role that philanthropy has played in seeding and sustaining early childhood initiatives in partnership with government, Tribes, and communities.

New Mexico is also a learning lab for policy, advocacy and programs in the context of a diverse, multi-generational, multi-lingual and relationship-based culture, with substantial geographic diversity including remote, rural areas,  as well as Albuquerque, an urban center.  It ranks fourth among states with the largest Native American populations, and is home to 23 sovereign nations including 19 Pueblos, three Apache tribes, and a significant portion of the Navajo Nation.  There is a large immigrant population, as well, with almost one in ten residents born in another country, and one in nine residents with at least one immigrant parent.  Our spring meeting will continue our exploration of the role of culture and language in serving kids and families, and partnerships with Indigenous communities.

Event Takeaways

Thank you to the New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group planning team and partners for their time and guidance to help shape our time together:

  • Jovanna Archuleta, LANL Foundation
  • Curtis Chavez, Keres Children’s Learning Center
  • Claire Dudley Chavez, Office of Speaker Javier Martinez, NM House of Representatives
  • Jennifer Duran-Sallee, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Anna Marie Garcia, LANL Foundation
  • Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky, NM Office of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • RJ Martinez, LANL Foundation
  • Kawin Nunnery, JD Maddox Foundation
  • Mariana Padilla, Children’s Cabinet, Office of the Governor
  • Kelly Pope, Opportunities Exchange
  • Kevin Schwanfelder, Brindle Foundation
  • Victoria A. Tafoya, W.K. Kellogg
  • Mary Nell Wegner, Brindle Foundation

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