NMECDP to Spend Day in Las Vegas Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK


Date: September 14, 2017
Contact: Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Policy Analyst
Cell: 505-435-3184
Email: danilaz@uwsfc.org

NMECDP to Spend Day in Las Vegas Discussing the Importance of Expanding NM PreK

Statewide early learning policy organization will meet with providers, educators and policy makers to discuss the benefits and challenges of expansion efforts.

 Who: New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) is a statewide policy initiative of United Way of Santa Fe County.  NMECDP is dedicated to creating the public awareness and political will for investment in early learning in New Mexico.

What: NMECDP will highlight the importance of NM PreKindergarten and the positive impact high-quality early learning programs for working families.

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 7:30-9:00 a.m.                                    Media Availability
NMECDP staff will be available for in studio interviews or to answer questions from the media.


9:30-10:30 a.m.                                  NM PreK Site Visit
A visit to a local NM PreK site to see firsthand the positive impact of early childhood education.

Luis E. Armijo Elementary School
600 Porter Ave.
Las Vegas, NM

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                         Lunch and Community Conversation
Join us for a lunch and conversation about expanding NM PreK. All are welcome.                                                    

Charlie’s Bakery and Cafe
715 Douglas Ave.
Las Vegas, NM

 Las Vegas, NM – NMECDP will spend the day highlighting the importance of the New Mexico Prekindergarten program (NM PreK) in Las Vegas on September 20. Press is invited to a NM PreK site visit at Luis E. Armijo Elementary School, 600 Porter Ave. and a Lunch and Community Conversation at Charlie’s Bakery and Café, 715 Douglas Ave., Las Vegas, NM.

NMECDP is focusing on a multi-year initiative to expand NM PreK to every 3-and 4-year-old who wants it.

The event will also highlight the positive impact of high quality early childhood education and care programs for working families and how it can empower mothers to stay in the workforce and advance their education.

“We are excited to tour New Mexico to talk about expanding NM PreK,” said Claire Dudley Chavez, Executive VP for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, NMECDP. “Our children are counting on us to figure out how to expand high-quality PreK programming that ensures they are ready for success the day they start kindergarten.”

Early childhood education and care is the sole mission of United Way of Santa Fe County, with a commitment to ensuring that every child receives an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. UWSFC is committed to engaging the entire community, bringing together people and resources to create opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations.