By Margaret O’Hara, Santa Fe New Mexican
July 20, 2023

The Early Childhood Education and Care Department on Thursday announced updated regulations for its child care assistance program.

The changes will go into effect Aug. 1. Eligibility for New Mexico’s child care assistance program, which helps subsidize the cost of child care for families, will remain at 400% of the federal poverty level.

That means households making as much as $78,000, $120,000 or even $200,000 per year may be eligible for state child care assistance depending on family size, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ federal poverty guidelines for 2023 show.

So what will change with the new regulations?

The updated rules increase state reimbursement rates for licensed child care providers, sometimes by $200 or more per child per month, depending on the type and capacity of facility and the age of the child.

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