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Arra Carbajal appointed to Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – August 7, 2018 – Arra Carbajal, NAPPR’s Early Head Start Program Director, has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Governor’s Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC), a 13-member advisory council to the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Department of Health and Children, Youth and Families (CYFD).

The ELAC, which was established by the Governor to begin July 1, 2018, replaces an earlier council created by the Early Childhood Care and Education Act of 2011 that only included CYFD. The new ELAC is tasked with developing a strategic plan and providing recommendations to improve the state’s Early Learning System, including alignment and coordination, assessment of the higher education system, identifying improvements in the Early Learning Guidelines, and identifying ways to support state departments with participation and outreach of under-represented populations. The council will also provide advisement on eight categories of the New Mexico Head Start Act.

Arra, who began working with NAPPR in 2009, served eight years as the Early Head Start Director before being promoted to Early Childhood Services Director. She has more than 22 years in early childhood care and education as a classroom teacher, administrator, technical assistance provider, home visitor, childcare provider and grant reviewer throughout New Mexico.

Lorraine Edmo, NAPPR Executive Director, congratulated Arra on her appointment.

“Arra is a dedicated professional who advocates for the best interests of all children and their parents,” Edmo said. “Arra will represent the organization and its constituents well.”

In addition to her appointment to the state advisory council, Arra was recently asked to apply as a Head Start director mentor for Region 6 of the Head Start Training and Technical Assistance program. This is a one-year commitment that assists in the growth and development of highly-skilled directors for federal Head Starts in Region 6, which includes New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

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