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.

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2014 KIDS COUNT Conference

  • Link to conference materials here


KIDS COUNT publications

national kids count data book2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book
After dropping to the bottom of the nation in child well-being, New Mexico again ranks 49th. This annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, now in its 25th edition, looks at 16 indicators of child well-being and ranks the 50 states accordingly.

Link to the national data book
Download the U.S./New Mexico profiles (July 22, 2014; 2 pages; pdf)


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.

Updated! NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us Policy Agenda
New 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. Updated with new policy recommendations and 2014 legislative action.

Download the NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us Policy Agenda here (updated June 2014; 28 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)


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