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PED FOCUS image of boys playing with blocks
PED FOCUS image of boys playing with blocks


Terri Tapia
Education and Development Manager
(505) 249-1133

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PED FOCUS On Young Children's Learning



Through funding from the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Early Childhood Learning Network (ECLN) supports the development and implementation of FOCUS-a tiered quality rating and improvement system. FOCUS will be utilized by all public school preschools (PreK, Special Education 619, and Title I) to evaluate the quality of educational services provided to young children ages 3-5 and their families.

ECLN’s support of the PED’s FOCUS include:

  • The development of criteria at three tiered levels-quality, high quality, and exemplary.
  • Training, technical assistance, and onsite consultation to public school preschools, assisting in the implementation of the FOCUS criteria.
  • The development of verification and monitoring tools and processes.

Inspirational Quotes - Tips & Tidbits

"Stand aside, observe carefully what children can do and then if you have understood well, perhaps, teaching will be different from before."
- Loris Malaguizzi

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
- Frederick Douglass

"If we let them, children can reintroduce us to the world. When we truly allow a child to share his discoveries with us, we experience the joys of rediscovery — and in doing so, learn ourselves.
- Dr. Bruce Perry

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

Verification Process

In order to organize the documents and artifacts that will be used to verify the level of quality for your classroom, two collection systems have been designed. Template forms are being produced for a variety of criteria. The use of the templates is optional — they are intended to reduce the administrative time for documentation. If you already have forms that document the criteria is being met — please use those.

Specifications for specific artifacts, documentation, observation records are in development. Please share your insights and innovations with the FOCUS Consultants.

Contact a consultant for more information.


To determine base-line data, assist with the development of your continuous quality improvement plan, and determine next steps in your work with your FOCUS consultant, please complete the self-assessment. The survey is designed to help you reflect on your current practices and the FOCUS criteria. You will be able to complete part of the survey and then return at a later time to finish.

Self Assessment Support Webinar: This is a short webinar with support for the completion of the self-assessment.

Once you are notified that you have been selected to participate in FOCUS, you will receive a link to the self-assessment via e-mail.

If you are not currently in FOCUS, but would like to assess your readiness to participate, please contact one of the individuals below and they will be happy to send you the link to the self-assessment.

Questions? Please contact:

Deborah Jackson
Training and Development Consultant
UNM Center for Development and Disability