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Even Start

The William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program is the only federal education program that focuses specifically on parents and their children working together to combat illiteracy. This program offers grants to support local family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy (adult basic and secondary-level education and instruction for English language learners), parenting education, and interactive parent and child literacy activities for low-income families with parents who are eligible for services under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Actand their children from birth through age 7.


Full Day Kindergarten

The Full-Day Kindergarten Literacy Readiness Program promotes early literacy based upon the New Mexico Language Arts Content Standards Benchmarks, and Performance Standards. The Full-Day Kindergarten Literacy Readiness Program [23-13-3.2 NMSA 1978] was phased in over a five year period. Priority was given to those schools with the highest proportion of students most in need based upon at-risk indicators, or grade-level schools that serve an entire school district. Full-day kindergarten in New Mexico reached a milestone in 2005 as it celebrated the fifth and final year of phase-in. All school districts now offer Full-Day Kindergarten programs.



In 2007, Representative Mimi Stewart sponsored House Bill 198 to establish a fund to allow New Mexico public schools and districts to develop a six year pilot project that extends to the school year for kindergarten through third grade by up to two months for participating students to measure the effect of additional time on literacy, numeric and social skills development.



The Public Education Department now has 22 programs and CYFD a total of 36 programs. Research shows that children who have the foundations for learning before entering Kindergarten are better prepared for school success. The most significant brain development occurs before age five.
PreK Program Final Report (November 2009)