Jun 27 2018

KIDS COUNT Data Book: NM Drops to 50th in Nation in Child Well-Being

2018-06-27T10:27:27+00:00 Press Releases|

New Mexico is ranked dead last in the nation for child well-being, ranking 50th in the national KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which was released June 27 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Mexico ranked 50th once before, in 2013. “New Mexico’s dismal ranking should serve as a wake-up call to our state that we must act—and that action must be comprehensive and sustained,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, the KIDS COUNT anchor for New Mexico.

May 09 2018

Report: State Should Use Extra Federal Funds to Improve Child Care Assistance

2018-06-26T12:34:20+00:00 Press Releases|

“Many families that are faced with the cliff effect have to make terrible choices,” said Armelle Casau, PhD, who co-authored the report. “Some turn down a pay increase, while others have to rely on a lower-cost—which usually means lower-quality—child care situation. Work supports should be designed so that they help parents succeed.”

Apr 11 2018

Fiscal Policy Group Reacts to Governor’s Statement on Revenue Spike

2018-04-11T16:27:42+00:00 Press Releases|

“Less than one year ago, lawmakers were scrambling to pay for basic services like schools, roads, and public safety. New Mexico has become too reliant on the oil and gas industry to fund these services, which has created boom-or-bust cycles for our economy, and therefore, for all New Mexicans. Right now we’re in a boom time, but we mustn’t forget that the bust times may be right around the corner."

Apr 03 2018

Child Advocates Release Children’s Agenda to Inform Candidates for State and National Offices

2018-04-03T15:13:47+00:00 Press Releases|

New Mexico Voices for Children has released a children’s agenda of policy recommendations they hope candidates for state- and national-level offices will adopt. The agenda, “Kids at the Crossroads: A Children’s Agenda for Making KIDS COUNT with Candidates,” contains 30 policy recommendations spanning three categories: economic well-being, education, and health. The group hopes that the agenda will spur candidates to will make concrete plans for improving child well-being.

Feb 13 2018

Report: NM Has High Rate of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

2018-02-13T10:08:34+00:00 Press Releases|

“As with many social ills, the best solution is prevention,” said James Jimenez, Executive Director of NM Voices. “Prevention is generally more effective and less expensive than remediation, and prevents all number of public health and safety problems down the line. One of the state-supported services that can prevent ACEs is voluntary home visiting.”

Jan 16 2018

NM KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Some Improvement, Some Decline in Child Well-being

2018-01-23T15:39:51+00:00 Press Releases|

SANTA FE, NM—Several indicators of child well-being are showing improvement in New Mexico, but a persistently high rate of children living in poverty continues to cast a pall over the state. That is the overall conclusion in the 2017 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today by New Mexico Voices for Children to coincide with the start of the legislative session.

Dec 18 2017

KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin Promoted to Deputy Director

2018-04-03T12:39:01+00:00 Press Releases|

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Amber Wallin, who has been with New Mexico Voices for Children since 2012, has been promoted to deputy director of the child advocacy organization. She’ll be serving directly under the executive director James Jimenez and helping to oversee the group’s research, analysis, and advocacy work. “Amber is known around here colloquially as a ‘rock star,’” said Jimenez.

Oct 24 2017

Report Examining Child Well-being by Race Shows NM’s Black Children Doing Well Compared to Black Kids across Nation

2018-04-03T12:39:02+00:00 Press Releases|

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico’s children — in all racial and ethnic groups except African American — lag behind their demographic cohorts across the nation when it comes to meeting key milestones that will help them achieve their unique potential. That’s according to data in the 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children report, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.