Taos Early Childhood Alliance (TECA)

Paso a Paso Network formed the Taos Early Childhood Alliance (TECA) in 2018 and is working to grow home-care options. TECA catalyzes initiatives to improve Taos’ early childhood system. A 2016 assessment showed gaps in early care and education access and availability: only 30 slots for infants and toddlers. Taos currently has 12 registered homes; only one cares for non-family members. With COVID 19, Paso colleagues’ families with very young children are now hesitant to return to center-based care.

Taos Early Childhood Alliance (TECA) is a working group focused on increasing availability and access to high quality early childhood education by building a community-driven model that addresses the challenges and opportunities in the areas key to high quality, sustainable partnerships, workforce development and on-going professional development.

Three strategies will be implemented:

  • Collaborate with local policy makers and community partners in delivering the message that home care providers are essential workers
  • Develop an innovative Home Care Peer Mentorship Network
  • Expand online presence via the Paso website to reach potential and present homecare providers; create an easy to understand video from competing state paperwork to curriculum development for infants and toddlers.

Target population: Homecare educators and the children and families they serve, making the systems they use more accessible.