KIDS COUNT

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.

Featured Reports

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Parental incarceration takes a devastating toll on kids
Having a parent incarcerated is a traumatic experience that can be along the same magnitude as abuse, domestic violence, and divorce. It also often adds to the generational pull of poverty. This fact sheet, created for the release of the national KIDS COUNT report A Shared Sentence includes New Mexico-specific data. (2-page fact sheet; April 2016) Read more
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2015 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 KIDS COUNT 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, child abuse, and teen births. It also tracks trends on some of these important indicators and looks at disparities across racial and ethnic lines. (Jan. 2016) Read more
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NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us: A Campaign for a Better New Mexico
New Mexico ranks 49th in the nation for child well-being. 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 metrics used to measure child well-being in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, offers one such approach. (24-page policy agenda; updated Sept. 2015) Read more

Recent Publications

Having a parent incarcerated is a traumatic experience that can be along the same magnitude as abuse, domestic violence, and divorce. It also often adds to the generational pull of poverty. This fact sheet, created for the release of the national KIDS COUNT report A Shared Sentence includes New Mexico-specific data. (2-page fact sheet; April 2016) Read more

While child poverty is down slightly, New Mexico now leads the nation with the highest rate of child poverty. This annual KIDS COUNT 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, child abuse, and teen births. It also tracks trends on some of these important indicators and looks at disparities across racial and ethnic lines. (Jan. 2016) Read more

This PowerPoint presentation looks at the economic issues around food insecurity, presents some data on child well-being from the 2015 national KIDS COUNT data book, as well as offers some policy solutions. Presented at the Second Annual End Hunger in New Mexico Summit. (PowerPoint; Sept. 2015) Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

July 23, 2015
Another year… another ranking at the bottom of the barrel. New Mexico has ranked among the worst states in which to be a child for so long that it hardly seems like news anymore. In the 25-plus years that the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been publishing the KIDS COUNT Data Book, we’ve never ranked above 40th. Most years, we’ve ranked in the bottom five, but we can and we must do better by our kids.
April 21, 2015
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.
July 22, 2014
The 2014 national KIDS COUNT ranking of states in child well-being just came out. There was a lot of uproar last year when, for the first time ever, New Mexico was ranked dead last—a position that had always been reserved for Mississippi.… Read more

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KIDS COUNT Data

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.

National KIDS COUNT Data Book

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)

Browse all of the Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT publications 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