The New Mexico Public Education Department announced the launch of the New Mexico Cares portal, giving parents, students and educators free access to a tool that helps better understand, teach and support social-emotional learning (SEL).
“The goal is to teach students how to manage their emotions, express empathy for others and develop meaningful relationships as they navigate their school years,” said Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus. “We all—families and educators—have a responsibility to help kids master those skills. This portal is a great place to find the resources needed to start.”
The site’s official kickoff will be Sept. 28, with a webinar aimed at introducing the site to schools and districts across New Mexico.
The website has videos, posters and activities on topics such as SEL, bullying, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, self-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
The New Mexico Care portal is part of a nationwide effort to improve mental health and address student’s social and emotion needs.
In 2020 the CARES Act provided schools with $13.2 billion to address the impacts of COVID-19. These schools are required to use at least 20% of funds on student’s social, emotional, and academic needs.
New Mexico schools allocated $1.48 million of the first round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to mental health services.