We support the important work you do. Nurturing children in a safe, comfortable home setting is a vital service for your community. That’s why we recruit, assess, train and support providers of this fundamental work. Let us show you our support, too.
Nutritious meals and snacks are essential for every child to grow up healthy and strong, but if you’re a home childcare provider, providing food can get expensive. That’s where Help New Mexico can step in. We can provide payments for eligible meals served to children who meet age requirements.
Qualifying is easy. We’ve kept the process simple so you can get back to what you do best-caring for the next generation of New Mexicans. You’ve got to be at least 18 years of age, caring for at least one child who lives outside of your home, and children in your care must be 12 years old or younger. Once you’ve met those requirements, we’ll monitor your home to insure that state and national USDA regulations are being followed.
HELP New Mexico is a sponsor agency who recruits, assesses, trains and supervises individuals who provide child care in their homes. HELP New Mexico will provide payments for eligible meals served to participants who meet age requirements, and monitor the provider home, insuring that state and national USDA regulations are followed.
To qualify, a provider needs to:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Care for at least one child who lives outside their home
- Care for children who are 12 years or younger
- Operate the daycare in a private home
In addition, HELP-NM offers sponsorship and participation in CACFP for daycare centers, before- and after-school programs, at-risk teen centers, and homeless centers. Centers are reimbursed for the meals fed to the children. Reimbursement rates vary under school and USDA guidelines. The determinations are made based on parent income.
We offer initial training, monitor participation in the food program at least three times a year, check monthly meal counts, and reimburse at the set meal rates for each child monthly with a 15% administration fee off your monthly reimbursement. We also provide guidance and technical assistance if you have questions.
In order to get monthly reimbursement, centers must provide HELP-NM with the following information: Meal planning and menu preparation, meal service, record-keeping, monthly claim submittal, and assurance that 25% of children receive state childcare subsidy or free lunch.
As far as centers for at-risk teens are concerned, in addition to meals, before- and after-school programs are provided, and the following are available: a fitness center, a computer lab, tutoring, sports, arts and crafts, and cultural activities.
HELP-NM also services CACFP in Adult Day Care services.
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