The state is introducing a new program to boost pay for early childhood educators to ensure pre-k teachers and directors are paid the same as their k-12 counterparts with equal qualifications.

One longtime pre-k teacher in Silver City said she believes the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department’s Pay Parity Program could help retain staff and attract new educators needed in the state. Mikila Crespin, from Laguna Pueblo, has always had a passion for teaching and being a mentor.

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