Education and Early Learning/Care

Children are our most valuable natural resource, and the investments we make in them, particularly in their earliest years, will benefit us all in the long term. Every family and individual should have access to an affordable, evidence-based, and high-quality prenatal and cradle-to-career system of care and education. Investing in a life-long educational continuum is the most effective way to ensure that New Mexicans have the best opportunities to succeed in school and throughout life.

Featured Reports

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New Mexico Public School Funding through the Great Recession and Beyond
A lawsuit currently working its way thought the New Mexico court system asserts that the state has failed to provide school funding sufficient for the education of all school-age children in the state, as required by the New Mexico constitution. This report supports those arguments. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; Aug. 2016) Read more
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Making College More Affordable for Working Families: A Critical Investment in New Mexico
It’s not a coincidence that New Mexico’s lower rate of college-educated adults correlates with its higher rate of low-wage jobs—education and money are inexorably linked. Without supports, attaining a college education is out-of-reach for most low-income students. By creating a higher-paid workforce, making college more affordable for working families would benefit the state as a whole. (A Working Poor Families Project report; March 2015) Read more
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Strengthening New Mexico’s Workforce and Economy by Developing Career Pathways
New Mexico’s education programs for low-skilled workers are underfunded, fragmented, and have low completion rates. The state should develop a career pathways framework, which would better help our workforce earn industry credentials and college degrees. (A Working Poor Families Project report; Sept. 2015) Read more

Recent Publications

Despite the fact that New Mexico needs college-educated workers now and in the future, the cost of college has gone up dramatically. Meanwhile, little of the state's financial aid is granted to students with financial needs. Even the lottery scholarship goes disproportionately to students who could otherwise afford tuition. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Mar. 2017) Read more

New Mexico will never attract companies with good-paying jobs unless we invest more in developing our workforce. But cuts in spending on higher education and the subsequent tuition increases have made college less affordable than ever. This fact sheet looks at a few steps the state can take to make college more affordable. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Jan. 2017) Read more

A lawsuit currently working its way thought the New Mexico court system asserts that the state has failed to provide school funding sufficient for the education of all school-age children in the state, as required by the New Mexico constitution. This report supports those arguments. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; Aug. 2016) Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

June 5, 2017
Economists say it again and again: investments in higher education pay off. Unfortunately, Governor Susana Martinez’s decision to veto all funding for higher education—every penny—sent the wrong message to current and future college students worried about college costs as well as to businesses reticent of investing in a state that does not value education.
February 10, 2017
The last time voters decided to increase the distribution from the permanent fund was back in 2003. Even then, prognosticators warned that the move would “deplete” the fund. Back in 2003 the fund was worth about $7 billion. Over the next dozen years, the fund still managed to more than double. Here's why.
May 16, 2016
Because poverty has multiple causes and tends to be generational, we must address it by meeting the needs of the family as a whole. This is called a two-generation approach, and it does more than ensure that children are fed and safe. It also gives parents the tools they need to better their own situations—whether that means access to job training and further education or health care to deal with substance abuse problems or chronic illness.
April 6, 2016
Students at UNM will see another increase of about $280 in their tuition and fees next year. That may not seem like a huge amount to some, but it’s enormous when you look at it this way.

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Current Initiatives

Invest in Kids NOW! is an alliance of organizations dedicated to making early childhood education, health and development for children ages zero to five years a priority in New Mexico. Read more.

Birth to Five New Mexico is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving access to and the quality of early childhood care and education (ECE) in New Mexico.

Resources

The Early Childhood Map Gallery is a collection of interactive maps and applications describing early childhood risks, services, and resources in New Mexico neighborhoods by the NM Community Data Collaborative.

Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything is a short video by the Ounce of Prevention Fund that puts a human face on the need for higher quality ECE programs, particularly for children from low-income homes.

The Heckman Equation is an online resource for policymakers, advocates and organizations who promote investment in early childhood education and development. The site, based on the work of Nobel laureate in economics, James Heckman, includes short videos and other advocacy tools.

Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policy-makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general, and other law enforcement leaders, who advocate for high-quality early care and education programs as one way to reduce crime.

Mission: Readiness is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization led by senior retired military leaders ensuring continued national security and prosperity by calling for smart investments, including high-quality early care and education programs, in the upcoming generation of American children.