New Mexico

QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Standards and Criteria

New Mexico's Standards on Multicultural Issues

To better meet the needs of culturally diverse children, families, and providers, New Mexico has built cultural awareness into its AIM HIGH QRIS. At the two-star level, the environment component states that “positive examples of racial and cultural diversity should be represented in materials, equipment, and classroom displays.” At the three- and four-star levels the curriculum and assessment components address the issues of linguistically appropriate assessment and daily programming. For example, an essential three-star element states “Each child’s first- and second-language development should be taken into account when determining appropriate assessment models and in interpreting the meaning of assessment results.” New Mexico’s revised QRIS, currently being piloted, retains these core concepts and builds on them: The FOCUS TQRIS includes the requirements that participating programs include multicultural practices and inclusion practices in their continuous quality improvement plan which may include activities such as staff being familiar with New Mexico’s Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Every Child, complete a cultural competency checklist, hold scheduled parent/teacher conferences in the family’s home language, demonstrate evidence of racial and cultural diversity in the environment, and ensure that curriculum components address linguistically appropriate child assessments and planning. Additional information is available at http://www.newmexicokids.orgThe Guiding Principles for the Full Participation of Young Children, Birth through Age Eight, is available at