DefinitionThe percentage of the total capacity of licensed providers that is high quality (3-5 STAR rated).
NumeratorThe June 2017 capacity of all licensed childcare providers with 3, 4, and 5 STAR ratings.
DenominatorThe June 2017 total capacity of all licensed child care facilities.
Data Interpretation IssuesNew Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has, and continues to use a STAR rating system for child care providers, which indicates each individual provider's quality rating. Receipt of federal "Race to the Top" grant funding has allowed CYFD to implement a new Tiered Quality Rating (TQRIS) and Improvement system called "FOCUS on Young Children's Learning." CYFD is currently in the process of transitioning from the previous TQRIS "Aim High" quality program to the new "FOCUS" quality program and as that transition takes place the childcare ratings by star level will be updated to indicate the provider's quality rating within the new FOCUS system.
Why Is This Important?Access to high quality child care directly impacts children's development and behavior. High quality child care prepares children for success in school. These positive impacts extend beyond early childhood into adolescence and include high academic achievement and fewer risk taking behaviors. Beyond behavioral health, access to quality care influences physical health through education influencing choices, access to healthful foods, and physical activity.
Healthy People Objective: EMC-1, (Developmental) Increase the proportion of children who are ready for school in all five domains of healthy development: physical development, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, language, and cognitive developmentU.S. Target: Developmental
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Early Learning Indicator