Predicated on the idea that advocacy is more powerful when it is backed by data and evidence, 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. By calling attention to indicators like the percentages of children living in poverty and single-parent families, teen birth rates, and more we hope to create public accountability and the political will to drive policies that address these issues. KIDS COUNT is made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.



Link the the Kids Count Data CenterKIDS COUNT Data Center The Annie E. Casey Foundation houses extensive data on child well-being. 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.

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.

Recent New Mexico Publications:

NM KIDS COUNT cover2015 KIDS COUNT in New Mexico
While child poverty is down slightly, New Mexico now leads the nation with the highest rate of child poverty. This annual report on child well-being presents data by county, tribal area, and school district on indicators such as the rates of health care coverage among children, preschool enrollment, and reading and math proficiency, child abuse, and teen births. It also tracks trends over the last several years on some of these important indicators of child well-being and looks at disparities across racial and ethnic lines.

  • Download the data book (January 2016; 72 pages; pdf)


PowerPoint: Why So Many Parents Can’t Put Enough Food on the Table
Looks at some of the systemic reasons so many New Mexico parents don’t earn enough money to feed their families. Presented at the End Hunger in New Mexico Summit.

  • Download the PowerPoint (Sept. 24, 2015; 22 slides; pdf)

PowerPoint: Child Well-Being in New Mexico: Data and Policy Recommendations
Looks at data on some of the areas where New Mexico does poorly in terms of child well-being, along with some policy recommendations to address them. Presented to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee.

  • Download the PowerPoint (Sept. 21, 2015; 31 slides; pdf)
NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us: A Campaign for a Better New Mexico
New Mexico seems stuck at 49th in the national KIDS COUNT ranking. 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 campaign (updated July 2015; 24 pages; pdf)
  • Sign up to be a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the campaign here

KIDS COUNT fact sheetCounty-Level Fact Sheets
KIDS COUNT fact sheets include data for the 16 well-being indicators by county.
Investments in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) fact sheets include data on state investments in home visiting, child care assistance, NM Pre-K, and K-3 Plus, and more.

Link to the fact sheets (pdf)

Browse all of our New Mexico KIDS COUNT publications here

Recent National Publications:

national kids count data book2015 National KIDS COUNT Data Book
New Mexico seems stuck at 49th in the nation for 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.

Link to the 2015 national data book

Download the New Mexico profile (July 21, 2015; 1 page; pdf)

Race 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.

Browse all of the Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT publications here

Recent Blog Posts:

New Mexico is 49th in child well-being once again: What will it take to make change? We’ve seen some improvement in child well-being, and we’ve seen some slippage. And then there are those indicators that seem intractable—where we’ve seen no real movement one way or the other. When taken in the aggregate, child well-being seems to have flat-lined in the state. (July 23, 2015)

Measuring the benefits of anti-poverty programs While the official poverty level can tell us how many low-income families and children are eligible for anti-poverty programs, it cannot tell us how many are lifted out of poverty by those same programs. (April 21, 2015)

We’re 49th! A stroke of luck or the result of positive change? Up from the very bottom: Is our new KIDS COUNT ranking a sign of change or just a statistical fluke? (July 22, 2014)

Our changing—and highly vulnerable—future workforce If New Mexico is to prosper, our communities of color must be able to fully participate in, and help drive, our economic growth and development. But, it’s clear we are not preparing our children with the skills and education they need to obtain the 21st century jobs that will provide them with the incomes needed to support families and pay taxes to support communities. (April 22, 2014)

Browse all of our blog posts here

Kids count conferences:

2015 KIDS COUNT Conference Child Well-Being: a 2-Generation Approach to Success Held on June 29, 2015, this conference featured Lisa Hamilton, Marjorie Sims, Richard Noriega, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, and Dr. Cathleen Willging as speakers, as well as a panel on preventing child abuse.

  • 2015 conference materials are available for download here

2014 KIDS COUNT Conference A Call to Action! Held on June 30, 2014, this conference featured Dr. Art Rolnick, Dennis Campa, and Dolores Huerta as speakers, as well as a candidate forum.

  • 2014 conference materials are available for download here

2013 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.

  • 2013 conference materials are available for download here