New Mexico

New Mexico AfterSchool Alliance

The New Mexico AfterSchool Alliance (NMASA) brings together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers and other stakeholders interested in ensuring positive youth development opportunities and outcomes through afterschool programs. The mission of the Alliance is to create, strengthen and sustain a statewide system of support for quality afterschool programs and the vision is for there to be quality afterschool programs for all children, youth and families in New Mexico.

Accomplishments: 
  • The NMASA successfully advocated for state funding for afterschool programs, resulted in two bills for consideration at the 2014 NM Legislature: one bill added $2 million to the funding bill for public education and the second was a stand-alone bill for $2 million for afterschool programs in New Mexico.

  • NMASA secured support from the NM Department of Health – Office of School Health and the NM Public Education Department – Student Nutrition Bureau.

  • A final draft of NM Afterschool Alliance standards have been developed with 21st CCLC, NMASA membership and community input.  
  • NMASA's annual afterschool conference, Fall Into Place, was held on November 7-8, 2015.
     
Current Projects and Initiatives: 
  • The NMASA Quality Subcommittee has developed Draft Quality Afterschool Standards that are intended to be used by entities and sites to build capacity, plan for sustainability and to guide decisions regarding best practices. During spring of 2014, 10 diverse entities representing 22 sites agreed to join the NMASA Quality Afterschool Standards Pilot Project. There were programs large and small, as well as several C.Y.F.D. licensed sites. There was statewide representation of schools and community based organizations.

  • NMASA is implementing the statewide strategic plan for quality afterschool program and the marketing/communications plan to expand membership and facilitate collaboration, technical assistance, policy development and other critical activities needed to inform program planning and implementation. There are currently more than 140 members.