May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as much as we talk about keeping our mental health in mind as adults, it’s equally important for the little ones. Elizabeth Groginsky, secretary of the cabinet of the Department of Child Care and Education, discusses more about the department and how they are supporting the mental health of both parents and children.
Under the direction of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her children’s cabinet, the Early Childhood Education and Care Act, which created the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECECD), was signed into law. in 2019. The Act created a Deputy Secretary for Native American Education and Care focused on strengthening early childhood services in the 23 peoples, tribes and nations of New Mexico. As a new state agency that focuses on our little new prenatal Mexican up to the age of five, we know the importance of the safe and positive interactions children need to support their development and lifelong learning.
Her agency, in its infancy, has established many supports that elevate the professional development of teachers and parents to continue to promote the mental, physical and spiritual health of infants, toddlers and young children, but they also know that teachers and parents they also need that support. .