Jun 21 2018

The Well-Being of Black Children in New Mexico

2018-06-20T17:23:11+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Child poverty in New Mexico is among the worst in the nation and disparities exist within all indicators of child well-being for children of color. Although our state's Black children are generally faring better than Black children nationally, they still face significant obstacles to success. This report, created in partnership with the NM Office of African American Affairs, looks at how New Mexico's Black children are doing on some 20 indicators of child well-being. (A special KIDS COUNT report; state-, county-, and school-district-level data on indicators of child well-being)

May 09 2018

Cliff Effect Fact Sheet

2018-05-09T11:09:29+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Education and Early Learning/Care, Fact Sheets, Issue Areas, Publications|

This fact sheet for The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back sums up the report's basic message about how the sudden loss of benefits like child care assistance--called the cliff effect--can act as a disincentive for hard-working families trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Also includes policy recommendations for mitigating the cliff effect. (Fact sheet; May 2018)

May 09 2018

The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

2018-05-09T06:00:58+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Economic Security and Prosperity Featured, Education and Early Learning/Care, Education and Early Learning/Care Featured, Issue Areas, Publications, Reports|

How can a $1 raise in pay throw families into poverty? When they are at the ceiling for child care assistance eligibility, a tiny raise can mean they go from paying 18 percent of their income on child care to 38 percent. Work supports like child care assistance should help families achieve economic stability. But the sudden loss of benefits--called the cliff effect--can have the opposite effect. (May 2018) Read more

Apr 30 2018

Moving the Needle on Child Well-Being

2018-04-30T16:00:39+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Education and Early Learning/Care, Healthy and Safe Communities, Home Tab 2, Issue Areas, Kids Count, Publications, Reports|

New Mexico has a long and proud history of cutting-edge innovation in many fields, so making progress on child well-being is within our reach if we fully commit to it. This report lays out the ways in which we can move the needle on child well-being by enacting smart public policies.Read more

Apr 25 2018

Improving the best anti-poverty measure in New Mexico

2018-04-25T16:36:54+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Economic Security and Prosperity Featured, Fact Sheets, Publications, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy Featured|

New Mexico's Working Families Tax Credit works with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which has been hailed as one of the best anti-poverty, pro-job creation measures Congress has ever enacted. This fact sheet explains why this tax credit works so well and how New Mexico policymakers could make it even more effective. And it could all be paid for by ending an ineffective tax credit. (April 2018)

Apr 03 2018

New Mexico Kids at the Crossroads

2018-04-03T14:59:23+00:00 Briefs, Economic Security and Prosperity Featured, Education and Early Learning/Care Featured, Healthy and Safe Communities Featured, Legislative Briefings, Publications|

With the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, New Mexico is not providing the opportunities our children need to succeed. But the good news is that we can improve opportunities for New Mexico’s kids through public policy. This children's agenda for candidates in the 2018 election provides 30 policy recommendations that will help improve child well-being in New Mexico. Read more

Mar 22 2018

2018 KIDS COUNT county-level profiles

2018-06-14T21:20:42+00:00 Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

These KIDS COUNT profiles include data for the 16 indicators of child well-being — such as child poverty, teen birth rate, etc. — as well as demographic data — such as population by race and ethnicity, median household income, etc. — for seven counties in northern New Mexico. (KIDS COUNT profiles; county-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Feb 13 2018

NM’s Lottery Scholarship is not targeted to the students who need it most

2018-06-14T20:48:51+00:00 Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

The Lottery Scholarship—the state’s largest financial aid program—is not need-based even though New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. What's more, it's not distributed in a way that helps many low-income students. (Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; state-level data on college affordability)