Child Care Closures Plague New Mexico

Child Care Closures Plague New Mexico

State Policies Bad for Business of Educating New Mexico’s Young Kids

A statewide study¹ shows that New Mexico’s child development centers have continued to close at an alarming rate across the state. Over 173 centers have closed since 2010, when the state first cut eligibility for child care contracts and reimbursement rates for providers.

The study notes that CYFD’s reimbursement rates to providers, which fall well-below the market rate for child care, is one cause for the center closures that continue to plague the state.

“The Martinez Administration has a double-standard for how they pay state contractors: early-learning centers get paid at a loss, but every other kind of business makes a profit,” said Raquel Roybal, a PEOPLE for the Kids board member. “If you pave a road for the state, you make money, but if you educate a young child, under the Martinez Administration, you lose money.”

map of earlyed center closureYELLOW: Closures in 2011
GREEN: Closures in 2012
BLUE: Closures in 2013
RED: Closures in 2014

The study notes that only 69% of centers across the state accept CYFD contracts, down 14% since 2011. “CYFD’s reimbursement rates simply don’t cover the cost of the education we provide,” said Roxanne Rosa, Director of Our Montessori School in Albuquerque and also a board member of PEOPLE for the Kids, the coalition that released the study.

The study also notes that CYFD provides contracts to over 5,000 fewer children than it did in 2009, accounting for a significant loss in revenue that centers across the state used to rely on.

PEOPLE for the Kids is a coalition of parents, early educators, and early learning center owners and directors. Early Educators United, the OLÉ Working Parents Association, and the Quality Early Learning Association are its founding organizational members.

¹Center Closure Study 2014

CYFD Comic

After the OLÉ Working Parents Association and the preschool teachers and owners from Early Educators United and QELA joined forces to make a stink about CYFD, the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee invited us to come testify on August 5. Below is a comic illustrating what happened next.


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CYFD Commits Fraud!

CYFD Commits Fraud! 
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CYFD refused to give Cynthia the study time that she needs to keep up with her schoolwork. Cynthia is working hard as a substitute teacher to provide for her family while she works toward her degree at CNM. CYFD regulations say that college students should have child care for the hours that they need to study, but CYFD tells Cynthia that she can’t have them. CYFD is violating its own regs, defrauding Cynthia of the child care hours she’s entitled to.

CYFD Commits Fraud! Help us stop them by donating HERE.

If you’d like to fill out a survey of questions that will help us start to find a solution for your child care contract, click HERE.


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After a Constitutional Amendment that would put $150 million into early education programs passed the New Mexico House this year, Senator John Arthur Smith dragged the bill into his committee and refused to give it a hearing. He killed it.

A study, which was released summer of 2013, showed that New Mexico has dropped to last place in the nation for child welfare, bumping Mississippi up to 49th.

That’s when members of our Working Parents Association decided it was time for someone to call out Senator Smith for abusing his power and driving New Mexico’s child welfare down to 50th in the nation.



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NM LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2017 #NMLEG (60-day session)

Descriptions of Legislative bills OLÉ is supporting or not supporting, which committees they are headed to, and links to the Legislators you can contact.(NOTE–there is a high chance that there will be some bills that go quickly through committee so we will try our best to keep this updated as possible.)

Under each issue, there will be bill information, names of the committees each bill will be heading towards and the times they are scheduled for. If you click on the committee links, it will send you to the list of committee members and contact information. Contact each Lawmaker and tell them how you support each bill.



● ● SPONSORS: Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Rep. Javier Martinez, and Rep. Miguel P. Garcia
● ● ● HJR1 went to Education House Committee Monday, January 30.

● ● ● HJR1 went to House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants, and Cultural Affairs CommitteeTuesday, February 14.

● ● ● HJR1 is scheduled to go to House Judiciary next.
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● ● SPONSORS: Rep. Javier Martinez and Rep. Liz Thomson
● ● ● HJR4 is scheduled to go to House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants, and Cultural Affairs Committee. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
● ● ● HJR4 is scheduled to go to House Judiciary after that.
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● ● SPONSOR: Rep. Miguel P. Garcia
● ● ● HB67 went to House Labor and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, January 25.

● ● ● HB67 is headed to House Business and Industry Committee next.
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The OLÉ Working Parents Association won an important victory in December to stop CYFD from endangering survivors of domestic violence.

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CYFD has routinely forced survivors to sue their abusers for child support, even when women have explained how this could enrage their children’s father and lead to violent retaliation.

Those who refused to seek child support were denied access to child care assistance to educate their young children.

Secretary of CYFD & Parent Organizer with OLÉ
When we started complaining about CYFD’s practices, CYFD said we were lying. Press and legislators couldn’t believe it.

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Only when dozens of our brave members shared their most personal stories of violent abuse did legislators demand that CYFD end its dangerous practices.

Tuesday, CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson agreed to add a check box to the agency’s application for child care assistance that allows survivors of domestic violence to notify case workers that seeking child support from a former abuser would endanger their family.

Tiffany, one of our members who shared her personal story with legislators, said, “The check box is a victory for women like me who’ve experienced violence in our homes, but it doesn’t guarantee that CYFD won’t endanger women in the future.  We’re going to keep working with our legislators–particularly Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Howie Morales, and Representative Deborah Armstrong, who helped us hold CYFD’s feet to the fire–to put additional protections in statute that will hold CYFD accountable.”

Congratulations to all of our OLÉ members who fought for this first, important victory.



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Youth (14-24) Employment Summer Institute (YES!) at OLÉ APPLICATION 2015

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The Youth Employment Summer Institute (YES!) provides an employment opportunity for young people to become engaged in community while also being challenged to think critically about the world around them. Through this program they will not only develop valuable job skills but also meaningful relationships rooted in local community organizations that will provide them a home for continued community involvement.


Dear Friends,

Sign OLÉ’s petition today to keep preschool affordable to families making up to 200% of poverty. CYFD has said it won’t accept applications past March 31 from families who make 200% FPL.

CYFD is sitting on $20 million of unused federal and state funds for child care, so we can afford to keep preschool affordable to many more New Mexicans. If CYFD stops approving child care for families making twice the poverty rate, the state will likely send millions of dollars of federal funds back to Washington, and thousands of kids who might otherwise have a preschool education will go without.

Since members of the House Business & Employment Committee killed our Preschool Fair Share legislation, the best way to expand preschool education to thousands of children, so they enter Kindergarten ready to learn, is by making sure New Mexico doesn’t return the $20 million in child care funds.

Thanks to all of our members and friends who supported our Preschool Fair Share bill, which would have made low-wage, billion-dollar corporations pay their fair share for early education. And thanks to our champions, Representatives Patricia Roybal Caballero and Miguel Garcia, along with Senator Jacob Candelaria, for leading the fight!

Now please sign our petition to CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson today!



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LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2015 IS NIGH (Starts January 20, 2015)
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CYFDcommitsFraudflyergraphicCYFD refused to give Cynthia the study time that she needs to keep up with her schoolwork. Cynthia is working hard as a substitute teacher to provide for her family while she works toward her degree at CNM. CYFD regulations say that college students should have child care for the hours that they need to study, but CYFD tells Cynthia that she can’t have them. CYFD is violating its own regs, defrauding Cynthia of the child care hours she’s entitled to.




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Thanks & Spanks NMleg 2014

Early Childhood Education
Since the Early Education Constitutional Amendment was first proposed 3 years ago, hundreds of child development centers have closed, CYFD now serves 8,000 fewer children, hundreds of early educators have left their profession, unable to survive on minimum wage. New Mexico fell to 50th in child welfare, yet no legislator has proposed an alternative to the Constitutional Amendment that would address these growing problems. The following Senators, who voted to table the Constitutional Amendment, SJR 12, deserve a special phone call or email, so they understand how disappointed we are in their lack of concern about New Mexico’s child welfare crisis.

John Arthur Smith, (575) 546-8546,
Carlos Cisneros, (505) 670-5610,
George Munoz, (505) 722-0191,
Pete Campos, (505) 425-0508,
Sue Wilson Beffort, (505) 292-7116,
William Burt, (575) 434-6140,
Carroll Leavell, (575) 395-3154,
Steven Neville, (505) 327-5460,

The two Senators on the Senate Finance Committee who voted in support of early education programs deserve a call or message, thanking them for championing the Early Ed Constitutional Amendment.

Nancy Rodriguez: (505) 983-8913,
Howie Morales: (575) 574-0043,

Minimum Wage
The minimum wage constitutional amendment passed the Senate but failed yesterday in the House. Our list of shame for those who voted against the increase or walked away without voting include:

Representative Sandra Jeff, (505) 786-4994,
Representative Dona Irwin, (575) 546-9376,
Senator John Arthur Smith, (575) 546-8546,

Please call them or drop them a line to tell them they should be ashamed of depriving 91,000 of New Mexico’s hardest-working families a fair wage.

And please call Senator Clamente Sanchez, who in spite of his commitment to vote against the minimum wage, listened to his constituents and voted for it:
(505) 287-2515,


These are the bills we fought for with this past Legislative Session



  • Senate Joint Resolution 13(SJR 13) – Constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage throughout the state of New Mexico.




  • Senate Joint Resolution 12(SJR 12) – Constitutional amendment to draw funds from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to help fund early childhood education programs throughout the state of New Mexico.





  • House Bill 127(HB 127) – This bill would create a two-tiered driver’s license system



Here are a few videos of the days of actions that took place during the second week of the session. In these videos you will witness OLÉ members speak to different Legislators on the listed above issues.

Minimum wage ^^^            Early Education ^^^          Driver’s Licenses ^^^




OUR Walmart Halloween Parade
October 31, 2013


Million Dollar Bake Sale – Governor Martinez returns $6.7 Million While Kids Struggle
October 3, 2013


New Mexico Now Named 50 in Child Welfare
July 18, 2013

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Parents to Governor: You Broke Your Promise to Protect Education Funding, but It’s Not Too Late to Fix It

PARENTS TO GOVERNOR: You Broke your Promise to Protect Education Funding

68 Working Parent Association members traveled to Santa Fe Tuesday to tell Department of Education officials how education cuts have hurt their kids. Parents are asking Governor Susana Martinez to put proposals to fill the hole in school funding on her call for the special legislative session this fall. Watch them in action HERE.