The year’s legislative session was full of promise and excitement thanks to the great surplus of state funding available.

One of the most exciting bills for early childhood passed on March 14, when Governor Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 22 (SB22) into law with her granddaughter on her lap. The bill created the new Early Childhood Education & Care Department effectively consolidating all early childhood services into one department.

The next year is dedicated to planning and organizing, which means bringing into alignment early childhood programing from the Children Youth and Families Department, Public Education Department and the Department of Health. The new department is also tasked with coordinating Medicaid-financed home visiting services with the Human Services Department.

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