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.
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.
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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: http://www.afterschoolalliancenm.com/
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.
February 6, 2013
Thanks to a new federal grant, thousands of afterschool students in southern New Mexico will be able to participate in STEM-focused afterschool programs. “The STEM-focused 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Program is a continuation of the Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy, a NASA program; and the Digital Media Academy, which focuses on cultivating critical thinking skills through the use of technology for 21st century learning,” the Las Cruces Sun-News reports. The new grant will fund STEM afterschool programs at 20 elementary and middle schools in Gadsden and Las Cruces for four years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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:
Farmington Public Library
2101 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, NM 87401
CINDY SCHLENKER DAVIES
New Mexico State University
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Middle School Cluster Initiative (MSCI)
505 Marquette NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102