KIDS COUNT publications
NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us Policy Agenda
New Mexico fell to 50th in child well-being in the 2013 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 (September 2013; 16 pages; pdf)
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.
- Download the Casey report (20 pages; pdf)
- Download our New Mexico fact sheet (2 pages; pdf)
- Download our press release (pdf)
- Download the report (Dec. 2012; 58 pages; pdf)
- Conference materials are available for download here
KIDS COUNT Data
KIDS COUNT DATA CENTER
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.
- Visit the AECF’s New Mexico KIDS COUNT data center
NM KIDS COUNT Map Gallery
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.
- Visit the NMCDC’s NM KIDS COUNT Map Gallery
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.
KIDS COUNT is exclusively funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation