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New Mexico K–3 Plus

New Mexico K–3 Plus 2018-04-16T18:02:49+00:00


The purpose of K–3 plus is to demonstrate that increased time in kindergarten and the early grades narrows the achievement gap between at-risk students and other students, increases cognitive skills and leads to higher test scores for all participants.

The program extends the school year for K–3 by 25 instructional days beginning before school starts. The K–3 plus program provides funding for additional educational time for students in kindergarten through third grade in eligible schools. K–3 plus eligibility includes public schools in which eighty percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-fee lunch at the time the public school applies for the program or an elementary school with a D or F grade the previous year.

Pending final legislative decisions for FY 19, and pursuant to Section 22-13-28.2, is a companion application that serves to capture information from Districts and Charter Schools of their interest in participating in a Pilot called “K-3 Plus 4 & 5.” The Pilot criteria includes: new or expansion K-3 Plus programs at School Districts and Charter Schools that keep students who participate in K-3 Plus with the same teacher and cohort of students during the regular school year. Only for those programs beginning in July 2018 are eligible.

Guidance is provided on how to complete the K-3 Plus 4 & 5 application. The same eligibility requirements as indicated in Statute for K-3 Plus must be met.

K-3 Plus Logo

PowerPoint Presentation from Regional Planning Meetings in February 2018

View a video about K-3 Plus!

(The password for the video is “nmped”)

Important Dates:

Application forms sent to districts and charters – February 1, 2018
Completed applications due back to the PED on or before – March 15, 2018
Districts notified of awards – No later than April 15, 2018

List of Districts/Charters

Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Room G-5
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone (505) 827-6526
Fax (505) 827-6563

Birgit Maurer
K-3 Plus Coordinator

Gina Timms
K-3 Plus Coordinator


Page last updated April 16, 2018