ECED Research & Outreach

Outreach Programs

Myrna’s Children’s Village Laboratory Schools
Myrna’s Children’s Village offers early care and education programs for NMSU students, faculty, staff, and community families and children, six weeks to five years of age. The Laboratory Schools serve as an educational training and research laboratory for New Mexico State University in several different ways.  This is a site for field experience courses for College of Education and individuals from other disciplines and colleges and for student teacher candidates. The Director of Myrna’s Children’s Village is Ms. Berta Carela.
The mission of Myrna’s Children’s Village Laboratory Schools is to:

  • Provide optimal professional teaching and learning experiences at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level;
  • Provide quality care, education, and family support programs for children and families of NMSU and Dona Ana Community College students, faculty and staff;
  • Provide opportunities for faculty and graduate students for research, teaching and service.

For information on any of the programs listed below, you can start by contacting Ms. Renate Bone’ at or 575-646-1651 or contacting the programs directly.

Companeros/Head Start

Compañeros/Head Start  is a model collaborative program between the Las Cruces Public Schools K.I.D.S. Preschool Program, Doña Ana County Head Start and the College of Education at NMSU. This full-inclusion program embraces children’s home languages and cultures. Additionally, the program blends typically and a-typically developing peers, enhances learning, and assists in making the initial public school experience a positive one.  Family involvement is seen as central to empowering both the child and family.

Amistad Preschool

This preschool is a model collaborative program between the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) and the College of Education at NMSU for “advanced learners” ages four and five.

La Clinica de la Familia Early Head Start

La Clínica de Familia/Primero Los Niños (PLN)/Early Head Start is a free, federally funded, community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers through 3 years of age and pregnant women. The purpose of PLN/Early Head Start is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, to assist parents in fulfilling their parental roles, and to help parents move towards self-sufficiency.

NMSU School for Young Children (SFYC)

The NMSU SFYC is based on a philosophy of child-centered learning, inspired by the practices of the municipal pre-primary schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.  In particular, the Reggio approach has inspired us to view each child, family and teacher as strong, competent, and ready to learn.  Our practice is rooted in the belief that an effective program is possible only through partnership and collaboration between teachers, families, children and the community.  We strive to create a beautiful and comfortable environment where children, teachers and families are given the guidance and freedom to fulfill their potential.

Dona Ana Headstart/Early Headstart Program at NMSU

Head Start/Early Head Start is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The Head Start/Early Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country. Children who attend Head Start/Early Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.

Head Start/Early Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Most children in Head Start/Early Head Start are between the ages of two and five years old. Services are available to infants and toddlers in selected sites.

Currently Funded Research Programs

Dona Ana Headstart/Early Headstart Program at NMSU

The program was placed on the Office of Head Start Designation Renewal System list. The process required the program to undergo a competitive grant process, which resulted in NMSU’s selection as the best organization to continue to operate Head Start and Early Head Start grants in the community. (News release)

NM Curriculum Grant & Research

Organization and website designed to assist New Mexico educators as they plan for and enact rich curricular content in the developmental and cultural context of their group of children.

Thornburg Foundation Grant

$80,000 grant to increase the number of teachers specializing in early childhood education statewide.  The program will use the funds to pay stipends to students accepted in the NMSU Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program. (News Release)

School for Young Children PreK Grant
Received from NM Children, Youth and Families Department

ECED Doctoral Program Grant