Early Childhood Mentor Network

The Early Childhood Mentor Network (ECMN) supports experienced early childhood teachers interested in mentoring and joining a professional teacher's network in New Mexico.

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ECMN is a professional network of early childhood education teachers interested in mentoring the next generation of teachers. We provide opportunities to engage in reflective practice and professional development with colleagues in the field of early childhood, as well as high-quality learning experiences for students on the path to be educators.

We also strive to encourage teacher and director leadership in New Mexico, and create relationships between early childhood higher education and early childhood teachers in the field.

Mentor Benefits

  • Help shape the next generation of Early Childhood professionals
  • Networking opportunities with professional educators
  • Ongoing support from Early Childhood higher education faculty
  • Free professional development and learning opportunities
  • State Mentorship Certificate 
  • Stipends of up to $400 per term
  • Free STEM Curriculum Kit for your classroom

Mentor Eligibility

  • Associate's degree or higher in early childhood education or related field
  • At least three years early childhood classroom experience
  • Recommendation from your current director/supervisor
  • Interest in mentoring early childhood teachers

What to Expect

  • New mentors attend a welcome workshop and orientation and are paired with a cohort that is overseen by a Lead Mentor for training and advisement.
  • Required coursework offered by CNM includes two, three-credit classes on mentorship in Fall and Spring with textbooks and college credit at no cost.
  • Once training is complete, mentors become part of the ECMN network and are paired with early childhood practicum students.
  • Mentors meet with the network each month to share experiences and knowledge.

Application

Applications are now open.

All early childhood teachers with an associate's degree or higher are encouraged to apply. 

ECMN Application

This opportunity has expanded my knowledge and expertise and helped me develop meaningful relationships with fellow educators.  – ECMN Mentor