Extensive data on child well-being is housed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The database can be searched and sorted by state, county, legislative districts, and other geographic areas. You may also search by topic, compare states or cities, create profiles, maps, rankings, line graphs, or download raw data.

The NM Community Data Collaborative, with support from the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council, has created a special map gallery with NM KIDS COUNT data.

KIDS COUNT publications

Race for Results report coverRace for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
This policy report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at racial disparities among the nation’s children and the urgent need to address them. Children will be a minority-majority population nationally by 2018. New Mexico has the second highest percentage of children who are racial/ethnic minorities.

Link to the Annie E. Casey’s Foundation’s Race for Results report.
Download the New Mexico fact sheet (April 2014; 2 pages; pdf)
Download our op ed (pdf)
Download the press release (pdf)

NM KIDS COUNT cover2013 KIDS COUNT in New Mexico
Taking a closer look at New Mexico’s fall to 50th in the nation in child well-being, this annual report presents data by county and school district on indicators such as preschool enrollment, and rates of poverty, truancy, child abuse, and teen births. In addition, this year’s report ranks the counties on the 16 indicators of child well-being used in the national report and offers some policy solutions for improving child outcomes in New Mexico.

Download the 2013 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book here (January 2014; 64 pages; pdf).
Download the press release here.

NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us Policy AgendaNew Mexico fell to 50th in child well-being in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT Data Book. 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 metric used to measure child well-being in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Data Book, offers one such approach.

Download the NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us Policy Agenda here (updated January 2014; 16 pages; pdf).
Sign up to be a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us Policy Agenda here.

The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success
This report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at how important the first eight years of a child’s life are to their potential, and how the nation needs to invest more in these years to ensure that our young children are on track for academic and life success.

Native American KIDS COUNT report Native American Children and Families in New Mexico: Strengths and Challenges
This special KIDS COUNT report looks at economic indicators and social conditions in New Mexico’s 22 tribal communities—including the high rate of Native children who can speak a language in addition to English. Made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Download the report (Dec. 2012; 58 pages; pdf)

plastic numbers2013 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference: Third Grade Counts!
The 2013 inaugural NM KIDS COUNT conference featured presentations by data and policy experts, as well as leaders in business and child advocacy.

Conference materials are available for download here


national kids count data book2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book
For the first time, New Mexico has dropped to the bottom of the nation in child well-being. This annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at 16 indicators of child well-being and ranks the 50 states accordingly.

Download the national Data Book (June 24, 2013; 56 pages; pdf)
Download the New Mexico profile (June 24, 2013; 2 pages; pdf)

Collaborative Initiatives

Roadmaps to Health is a collaborative project using KIDS COUNT data to highlight health disparities, unmet needs, and gaps in services for children so that communities can advocate for their specific needs with policy-makers. The end goal is to secure an adequate, stable source of funding for a continuum of high-quality early childhood care, health, and education services. Made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

About New Mexico KIDS COUNT

Predicated on the idea that advocacy is more powerful when it is backed by data, the KIDS COUNT program allows us to advocate for the unmet needs of our state’s children by giving us a clear picture of what those needs are. This is done by identifying and tracking indicators of child well-being using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and state and federal agencies such as the Department of Health.

By calling attention to indicators like infant mortality rates, the percentage of children living in poverty, and high school dropout rates, we hope to create public accountability and the political will to drive policies that address these issues.

We publish an annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT report, with data disaggregated by county, as well as special reports on the unique barriers faced by subsets of New Mexico’s children. Our KIDS COUNT publications are available for download and public use with proper citation. We also sponsor KIDS COUNT Day at the state Capitol during the legislative sessions.

We became a KIDS COUNT grantee in the early 1990s and our first New Mexico Kids Count data book, titled It’s About Time Kids Count in New Mexico was released in 1992. We are part of a nation-wide network, with KIDS COUNT groups in each of the 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Politicians, teachers, health-care providers, communities, researchers, and grant writers regularly use our KIDS COUNT data to inform their own work.

Funding Source

KIDS COUNT is exclusively funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation


Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst Gerry Bradley, 505-244-9505, ext. 106
KIDS COUNT Program Director Chris Hollis, 505-244-9505, ext. 105