Click Verification Process tab to access Phase 1 Verification Tool.
PED FOCUS image of boys playing with blocks
PED FOCUS image of boys playing with blocks


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

PED FOCUS Consultant Contact Info

PED FOCUS Consultant Map

PED FOCUS On Young Children's Learning


Through funding from the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Early Childhood Learning Network (ECLN) supports the implementation of the FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality for all New Mexico Public School Preschool Programs. This Quality Rating and Improvement System 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:

  • Training, technical assistance, and onsite coaching 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. Breneé 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

Phase I Verification Tool 

Phase I Verification Tool Webinar Recording

Download the most current version of the Phase I Verification Tool. (Excel - 13 November 2017)