Healthy People 2020 states, during early childhood, the human brain grows to 90 percent of its adult size by age 3. Early childhood represents the period when young children reach developmental milestones that include:

  • Emotional regulation and attachment
  • Language development
  • Cognitive development
  • Motor skills

All of these milestones can be significantly delayed when young children experience inadequate caregiving, environmental stressors, and other negative risk factors. These stressors and factors can affect the brain and may seriously compromise a child’s physical, social-emotional and cognitive growth and development.

New Mexico Kids

The New Mexico Kids website offers a variety of services and resources for both educators and families in the State of New Mexico. Whether searching for quality child care or looking for professional development for early childhood educators, you will find information on this site that links you to the information or services you may need. 

Early Learning New Mexico

The Early Learning New Mexico website promotes quality early learning experiences for children prenatal to age five, so that kids are ready to thrive when they get to Kindergarten. Early Learning New Mexico also has resources for parents to support their child’s early development.

Child Care Aware New Mexico

This page offers information about childcare licensing in New Mexico. There are also resources for child support, health care, and income support.

Moments Together

This page offers easy tips and free resources for early learning.

Three Early Childhood Development Principles to Improve Child-Family Outcomes

The science of child development and the core capabilities of adults point to a set of “design principles” that policymakers and practitioners in many different sectors can use to improve outcomes for children and families. 

CDC Promising Practices

This link provides suggestions for professionals on ways to share these materials with families.  

Virtual Lab School

The Virtual Lab School offers seven professional development tracks, providing both comprehensive foundational training, and more advanced, or specialized training with in-depth content and resources. 

Epigenetics and How it Relates to Child Development

Each of these websites offer a list of useful resources about Early Childhood Development. They are great for providers, educators, caregivers, parents, and families!

American Academy of Pediatrics

California Department of Education

US Department of Health and Human Services

Kids Health

New Mexico Resources

Resource Guide for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

New Mexico specific resources that target health care needs, financial support, legal aid, parental support, school plans, and recreational opportunities for families and children and youth with special healthcare needs.

New Mexico Autism Society

The New Mexico Autism Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives affected by autism.

Parents Reaching Out

Parents Reaching Out serves families of infants, children and youth with all types of disabilities as well as related professionals as New Mexico’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). They inform and educate parents about special education law and the rights and responsibilities they and their child have under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

New Mexico: Understanding and Finding Child Care

This is a resource space to find information about child care and early learning programs in New Mexico.

Resources to Share with Parents

Services for Children with Disabilities

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Our Special Story- Autism Infographics

“Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Working together, we can help create neighborhoods, communities, and a world in which every child can thrive,” (CDC, 2019).

CDC – Facts, Articles and Resources on ACEs

Zero Abuse Project- ACE Training

ACEs Quiz

CDC- ACE Training Modules