2012 KIDS COUNT in New Mexico
Native American Children and Families in New Mexico: Strengths and Challenges
KIDS COUNT Data Center
Data Snapshot on High-Poverty Communities
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