April 12, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393

The PED and CYFD Announce Request for Applications for Statewide PreK Initiative

(Santa Fe, NM)— The State of New Mexico’s Public Education Department (PED), and the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) released the PreK request for proposals today via their websites (www.ped.state.nm.us and www.cyfd.org) today at 5:00 pm. Notification letters have also been sent to CYFD licensed providers, Local Education Agencies, Regional Educational Cooperatives, Charter Schools and Tribes.

All proposals must be received by no later than 4:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The contract shall begin on July 1, 2005 or as soon as possible thereafter and end on June 30, 2006. The Request for Proposals will provide complete instructions about what is needed to submit a PreK proposal.

Secretary Veronica C. García said, “I am looking forward to working with school districts across the state to implement the statewide Pre-kindergarten initiative. During the legislative session, we worked hard with legislators and the Governor to get the bill passed, but now, for me, the real excitement begins as many new four-year-olds will be entering high quality pre-k programs in August.”

"New Mexico children are truly on the path to a brighter future," said Mary-Dale Bolson, Cabinet Secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department. "New Mexico's PreK program is about choice. It gives parents the option of keeping their four-year olds at home. It also allows private providers to begin or continue high quality PreK programs."

In a collaborative effort by the Public Education Department and the Children Youth and Families Department, generic grant writing workshops will be offered during April and May. The schedule for the grant writing workshops is as follows:

Monday, April 25 Farmington
Tuesday, April 26 Gallup
Monday, April 29 Albuquerque
Tuesday, May 3 Las Cruces
Wednesday, May 4 Carlsbad
Monday, May 9 Taos
Thursday, May 12 Las Vegas

P.2 PreK RFP Release

For further information about the PreK RFP, the public is asked to contact Richard LaPan at 827-6561 rlapan@ped.state.nm.us or Dan Haggard at 827-6614 dhaggard@cyfd.state.nm.us.