Kids Count

New Mexico has long ranked at the bottom of the 50 states on overall child well-being. However, in some of the 16 indicators of child well-being, it would take just a small change to move our state up in the rankings. This series of fact sheets looks at what it would take to move the needle on each indicator (A KIDS COUNT special report; Jan. 2017; pdf) Read more
In the past year, New Mexico has seen some improvements in child well-being—especially regarding health. We’ve also seen troubling increases in other indicators over the short- and long-term. This annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being presents data by county, tribal area, and school district on indicators such as child and teen death rates, preschool enrollment, teen births, and more. (An annual KIDS COUNT report; Jan. 2017) Read more
This PowerPoint looks at some of the data on child well-being in New Mexico as well as the public policies that cause and could alleviate many of our state’s problems. Presented to the Native American Professional Parent Resources staff. (Dec. 2016) Read more
The TANF program provides some cash assistance to eligible families with children so they can better afford basic necessities. Unfortunately, TANF in New Mexico does not sufficiently address one of the reasons families fall into or remain in poverty: the lack of education credentials and job skills, which present barriers to employment and to getting jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. (A KIDS COUNT Special Report; Dec. 2016) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation looking at how Black children fare in New Mexico. Includes findings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Race for Results report, which shows that New Mexico's Black children fare better than Black kids across the nation in many indicators. (Aug. 2016) Read more
For the third straight year, New Mexico ranks 49th in the nation for child well-being. It will take a comprehensive and focused set of strategies, and the political and public will to make them a reality, to improve child well-being in New Mexico. This policy agenda, based on the metrics used to measure child well-being in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, offers one such approach. (Policy agenda; updated June 2016) Read more
In 2012, the Annie E. Casey Foundation changed the indicators used in its annual KIDS COUNT ranking of the 50 states on child well-being. The 16 indicators that were chosen are divided into four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. This fact sheet looks at New Mexico's rankings over the last fours years and links to rankings going back to 1990. (Fact sheet; June 2016) Read more
The Annie E. Casey Foundation compares the 50 states on 16 indicators of child well-being and ranks them accordingly. This fact sheet shows how New Mexico does in the 2016 national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has the state ranked 49th in the nation. (Fact sheet; June 2016) Read more
This PowerPoint, presented at a State Bar of New Mexico conference, includes Kids Count data on child poverty in New Mexico and some of the reasons so many of New Mexico's working families are barely getting by. (June 2016) Read more
Having a parent incarcerated is a traumatic experience that can be along the same magnitude as abuse, domestic violence, and divorce. It also often adds to the generational pull of poverty. This fact sheet, created for the release of the national KIDS COUNT report A Shared Sentence includes New Mexico-specific data. (Fact sheet; April 2016) Read more
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