Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in New Mexico.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: 1(800) 832-1321

Website Find Your Local Office

Provider Complaint Line: 1(855) 333-7233

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

New Mexico Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in New Mexico

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: (505) 827-9961

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – FOCUS

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(855) 333-7233

Website

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: 1(800) 288-7207 (in-state only) or 1(800) 585-7631

Website

Medicaid Eligibility Centennial Care

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(855) 637-6574 (to apply), 1(888) 997-2583 (for general questions)

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

*New Mexico’s Children’s Health Insurance Program is included in the Medicaid program. Please contact your Medicaid office for more information.*

Phone: 1(855) 637-6574 (to apply), 1(888) 997-2583 (for general questions)

Website

New Mexico Human Services Department

State government programs and services for children and families

Website

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)

State government programs and services for children and families

Website

Behavioral Health Services Division

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: (505) 476-9266 (behavioral health services for adults)

Website

NM Crisis and Access Hotline: 1(855) 662-7474

CYFD Behavioral Health

State government mental health resources that may offer behavioral health services for infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transition age youth

Phone: (505) 827-8008 (behavioral health services for children)

Website

NM Crisis and Access Hotline: 1(855) 662-7474

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Phone: (505) 856-6143

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: 1(800) 832-1321 (in-state only) or (505) 827-7499

Website

Find Your Local Office

New Mexico Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: Contact your local clinic

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: 1(800) 432-6217

Website

Find Your Local Office

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 1(800) 432-6217

Website

Find Your Local Office

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: 1(800) 283-4465

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

*There is no state chapter of Easter Seals in New Mexico.*

Website

The Arc New Mexico

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: 1(800) 358-6493 or (505) 883-4630

Website

Early Intervention – Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(877) 696-1472 (in-state only)

Website

Home Visiting

In-home support services for parents of children from prenatal to age three 

Phone: (505) 827-4284

Website

New Mexico Summer Food Service Program

Provides free nutritious meals to children during the summer months

Phone: 1(800) 328-2665 or (505) 841-4856

Website

New Mexico Department of Veterans Services

Assistance, resources and information provided to support veterans and their families in New Mexico

Website

Kinship/Relative Caregivers Programs

Resources for children in the care of a relative, member of their tribe or clan, godparent, stepparent, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child

Website

 

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:1(800) 832-1321

    Website Find Your Local Office

    Phone:1(855) 333-7233

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – FOCUS

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: 1(855) 333-7233

    Website

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: 1(800) 288-7207 (in-state only) or 1(800) 585-7631

    Website

    Medicaid Eligibility Centennial Care

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(855) 637-6574 (to apply), 1(888) 997-2583 (for general questions)

    Website

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    *New Mexico’s Children’s Health Insurance Program is included in the Medicaid program. Please contact your Medicaid office for more information.*

    Phone: 1(855) 637-6574 (to apply), 1(888) 997-2583 (for general questions)

    Website

    New Mexico Human Services Department

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Website

    New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Website

    Behavioral Health Services Division

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: (505) 476-9266 (behavioral health services for adults)

    Website

    NM Crisis and Access Hotline: 1(855) 662-7474

    CYFD Behavioral Health

    State government mental health resources that may offer behavioral health services for infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transition age youth

    Phone: (505) 827-8008 (behavioral health services for children)

    Website

    NM Crisis and Access Hotline: 1(855) 662-7474

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Phone: (505) 856-6143

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance

    Child care financial assistance programs

    Phone: 1(800) 832-1321 (in-state only) or (505) 827-7499

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    New Mexico Head Start

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: Contact your local clinic

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: 1(800) 432-6217

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 1(800) 432-6217

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: 1(800) 283-4465

    Website

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    *There is no state chapter of Easter Seals in New Mexico.*

    Website

    The Arc New Mexico

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Phone: 1(800) 358-6493 or (505) 883-4630

    Website

    Early Intervention – Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(877) 696-1472 (in-state only)

    Website

  • Home Visiting

    In-home support services for parents of children from prenatal to age three 

    Phone: (505) 827-4284

    Website

    New Mexico Summer Food Service Program

    Provides free nutritious meals to children during the summer months

    Phone: 1(800) 328-2665 or (505) 841-4856

    Website

    New Mexico Department of Veterans Services

    Assistance, resources and information provided to support veterans and their families in New Mexico

    Website

    Kinship/Relative Caregivers Programs

    Resources for children in the care of a relative, member of their tribe or clan, godparent, stepparent, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child

    Website

     

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.