Who We Are

Dona Ana ECE meeting
From Left to Right:
DAC Headstart/Early Headstart Director, Amanda Gibson-Smith,
Senator Bill Soules, DAC Education Coalition Coordinator, Cesia Otero Ngage NM Executive Director, Frank R. Lopez.

About the Coalition

In the past, programs in Doña Ana County (DAC) have individually tackled complex issues affecting the early education and health of our children and families. In order to develop seamless early learning systems, to maximize education and healthcare opportunities and remain at full enrollment capacity, programs must work together. We can build a stronger organization network by promoting our current available resources, educating Early Childhood Education (ECE) staff on a multitude of regional ECE programs and discovering the need for services in our community to provide equal access and quality care and education for children and families. Our collaboration is positively shifting our ECE culture and the way we educate our parents on the value of early childhood education.