This state-wide system began as an in-school program for teenage parents and has
since added on-site Child Care Centers, Career Readiness, Youth Leadership, and
GRADS Quick Facts
The GRADS System is funded by the NM Legislature, NM Department of Children, Youth, & Families Child Protection Services, and overseen by the NM Public Education Department.
GRADS provides training, technical assistance, assessment, and resources for all our programs. Each site focuses on the ten GRADS competencies, including reducing repeat pregnancies.
Licensed Child Care Centers, which served 122 infants and toddlers of GRADS students in 2015-16, focus upon modeling effective parenting techniques in an educationally stimulating setting
Flying High Curriculum and Career Exploration software ensure all GRADS students have the opportunity to develop a Career Plan. Seniors also develop Career Portfolios.
- a teen parenting program in the traditional school setting which utilizes certified teaching professionals
- teachers working with over 531 teen parents in 28 high schools across NM
- helping students learn how to balance work and family roles
- helping prepare students for work and careers (economic independence)
- focusing on recruiting school-age drop-outs
- providing funding for on-site Child Care Centers
- focusing on healthy choices for teens and their children
- focusing on delaying second pregnancies (GRADS curriculum includes approved comprehensive sex education information)
- encouraging prenatal/maternal care to avoid low birth weight babies
- promoting safe family relationships