Afterschool in New Mexico

Facts & Research

  • In New Mexico, 21% (71,532) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all New Mexico children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 33% (90,659) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 92% of parents in New Mexico are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 21% (70,841) of New Mexico's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 8,813 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in New Mexico, refer to the Afterschool in New Mexico Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in New Mexico.

State Policy and Funding

In past years New Mexico has successfully secured state funding to support afterschool programs. However, in an effort to balance the state budget, funding was zeroed out by the Legislature in 2011. The Legislature also passed a bill to establish a fund for full service community schools that would have supported afterschool programs, however the bill was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. The governor is now leading the New Mexico Children's Cabinet, which includes afterschool as part of its agenda.

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

New Mexico received $28 million through the ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIGs) program to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools. ARRA-SIG grants are part of the $3.5 billion that were made available to states from money set aside in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the FY 2010 federal budget. Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your statewide afterschool network has a webpage with useful resources and policy updates:

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight New Mexico's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in New Mexico:

We have an obligation to our children to make sure that their learning environment is as safe and healthy as possible. I support finding resources to renovate school buildings, improving school nutrition and physical education standards and programs, supporting after-school activities and encouraging schools to be part of the fabric of a community.

Tom Udall
U.S. Senate

There are no recent afterschool news stories for New Mexico.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

From Lanny Leyba's Afterschool Story:

I never would have had the prosperous life I am enjoying today without the exposure and opportunity that afterschool programs offer.

I had the good fortune to participate in afterschool activities that provided me with positive pathways to explore.

Read more from Lanny Leyba's Afterschool Story

From Albuquerque - New Mexico's Afterschool Story:

The key ingredients for success were: the significant funding; the MOTT Foundation’s incredible professional development opportunities and networking, both needed to implement top quality programs; the Regional 21st CCLC Advisory Teams who ensured that the needs of the staff and programs were heard; and finally the staff at the schools, who made the after school programs work for the children they served.

Read more from Albuquerque - New Mexico's Afterschool Story

From Sharon Guerrero's Afterschool Story:

Kids in our programs are learning to communicate and perfect their English a lot faster. I've learned that kids can do anything. They empower my work.

Read more from Sharon Guerrero's Afterschool Story

From Melanie Leeson's Afterschool Story:

I love to see how the children in G.a.S.p. get excited about coming to the library to participate in the story-telling sessions and other activities that we offer. 

Read more from Melanie Leeson's Afterschool Story

From Savannah Lesser's Afterschool Story:

"What I like best about my program at the Boys & Girls Club is that it is a place where I can go hang out with friends."

Read more from Savannah Lesser's Afterschool Story

From Irene Lee's Afterschool Story:

Couch the science in topics students can relate to on a human scale, addressing topics students are surrounded with in everyday life...then engage the students actively as investigators and scientists.

Read more from Irene Lee's Afterschool Story

From Ashley Parker's Afterschool Story:

The Blended Zine has given me real life experience with my art.

Read more from Ashley Parker's Afterschool Story

Afterschool Champions

New Mexico has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from New Mexico participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Senate Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in New Mexico:

Americans for Indian Opportunity, Bernalillo, NM

Lieutenant Governor Diane D. Denish, New Mexico

Mayor William M. Mattiace, Las Cruces, NM

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout New Mexico. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus:
Farmington Public Library
2101 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, NM 87401

Ambassador Emeritus:
New Mexico State University
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Ambassador Emeritus:
Middle School Cluster Initiative (MSCI)
505 Marquette NE
14th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102

State Contact

Yvonne Zenga
New Mexico Afterschool Alliance
MOTT Afterschool Coordinator
New Mexico Public Education Department
120 South Federal Place, Room 206
Santa Fe, NM 87501