Financial Support and Meal Program

Did you Know?

The New Mexico Early Childhood, Education & Care Department (ECECD) is now offering the most expansive childcare assistance program in the nation, making most NM families eligible for free childcare.

The application process is simple and fast. You can submit your application online at in person at 4801 Indian School NE Albuquerque, NM 87110.

Once you submit your application and all required documents, you will receive notice of eligibility within 15 days. If approved, you will receive FREE childcare as ECECD is currently waiving all co-pays.

Childcare assistance can make a big difference in your family’s well-being and future. It can help you access RGEC’s high-quality before and after school programs that promote your child’s learning and development as you pursue your work or education goals without worrying about the cost of childcare. By applying for childcare assistance, you are investing in your child’s success and your own.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the support you need and deserve. If you have questions or need help with your application, please contact us at 505-873-6035 and ask to speak to a childcare services coordinator.

Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD)

RGEC also works together with the State funded program CACFP. The Child Adult Care Food Program helps RGEC provide nutritional light suppers for at-risk children and youth 18 years and younger. Specified sites that participate in the CACFP program provide nutritional activities as well as promotes the benefits of healthy eating. RGEC and CACFP have worked together to provide meals since 2014.

Albuquerque Sites

  • Armijo
  • Atrisco
  • Barcelona
  • Chaparral
  • Collet Park ES
  • Dolores Gonzales
  • George I. Sanchez
  • Governor Bent
  • Hawthorne
  • Janet Kahn
  • Kit Carson
  • Marie Hughes
  • International School at Mesa del Sol
  • Mission
  • Mitchell (NEW)
  • Moriarty ES – Moriarty (NEW)
  • Mountain Mahagony
  • Mountain View
  • Petroglyph (NEW)
  • School of Dreams Academy
  • Sierra Vista
  • Tres Volcanes
  • Zia

Belen Sites

  • Central Elementary
  • Dennis Chavez
  • Gil Sanchez
  • La Promesa
  • Rio Grande
  • La Merced

CACFP Sites (Meal Program)

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Parents, please click on the video above to view our before/after school program in action!

RGEC is Hiring, APPLY NOW!

RGEC is currently looking for Instructors and Site Supervisors for our 2023-2024 Before and After School Sites. Applicants must have a high school diploma and a minimum of two years’ experience working with children, bi-lingual encouraged to apply. CLICK HERE to download application.

These following documents to move forward with the interview or hiring process.

  • 1. Completed Application
  • 2. Updated Resume
  • 3. High School Diploma / College Diploma
  • 4. Original Driver’s license and Social Security card (If they don’t have one or the other a passport, birth certificate or Military ID).

If you can’t submit an application online, please bring completed applications into our office at 6260 Riverside Plaza Lane NW, Suite A or email to

Frequently Asked Questions.

Ask Yourself..

Is your child RGEC smart?

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When exploring different options for your child’s before- and after-school care, it’s common to have a list of questions, from how lessons are structured to what the fees are. One of our goals at Rio Grande Educational Collaborative (RGEC) is to be as accessible as possible, so today we’d like to share with you a list of the most common questions we get from parents like you:

Parents Q & A

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Online Registration is now available through EZ Child Track for all RGEC Fee schools! Kinder through 5th!

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