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Health Indicator Report of Child Care, Working Families and Availability of Licensed Providers, June 2017

Parents and families are characteristically the earliest educators of young children, and the level of parental interaction during formative years is linked to a variety of academic outcomes. However, the degree of parental involvement may be influenced by the labor-force participation of the parents, particularly in single-parent households. An increased need for quality child care is found in family settings where all parents are employed full-time.
Low ratios indicate that there are few licensed child-care seats per child. Higher ratios indicate that there are more seats available (and when the ratio is greater than 1, there are actually more seats than children). Areas with a high ratio of child care capacity to young children are more likely to offer convenient child care alternatives.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, PO Drawer 5160 Santa Fe, NM 87502-5160. Phone: (505)827-8400. Website:
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,
  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Data Interpretation Issues

The number of young children with working parents was calculated from 2011-2015 ACS 5-Year Estimates. The ACS percentages were applied to 2013 UNM GPS population estimates (2013 being the midpoint of the ACS estimates). Estimates include fractions, hence the sum of population subgroup estimates may not exactly equal the overall state population estimates due to rounding error. New 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.


The ratio of the total capacity of licensed child care facilities to the number of children under age 6 for whom all parents are in the labor force.


The June 2017 total capacity of all licensed child care facilities.


The estimated population of children under age 6 with all parents in the labor force (calculated from 2011-2015 ACS percentages and 2013 UNM GPS population estimates).

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 development

U.S. Target: Developmental

Other Objectives

New Mexico Early Learning Indicator

Available Services

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Page Content Updated On 08/09/2017, Published on 08/28/2017
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Content updated: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:19:06 MDT