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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New Mexico’s 2017 KIDS COUNT Profile
The Annie E. Casey Foundation compares the 50 states on 16 indicators of child well-being and ranks them accordingly. This fact sheet shows how New Mexico does in the 2017 national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has the state ranked 49th in the nation. (Fact sheet; June 2017) Read more
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2016 KIDS COUNT in New Mexico
In the past year, New Mexico has seen some improvements in child well-being—especially regarding health. We’ve also seen troubling increases in other indicators over the short- and long-term. This annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being presents data by county, tribal area, and school district on indicators such as child and teen death rates, preschool enrollment, teen births, and more. (An annual KIDS COUNT report; Jan. 2017) Read more
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Turning Assistance into Opportunity
The TANF program provides some cash assistance to eligible families with children so they can better afford basic necessities. Unfortunately, TANF in New Mexico does not sufficiently address one of the reasons families fall into or remain in poverty: the lack of education credentials and job skills, which present barriers to employment and to getting jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. (A KIDS COUNT Special Report; Dec. 2016) Read more

Recent Publications

The Annie E. Casey Foundation compares the 50 states on 16 indicators of child well-being and ranks them accordingly. This fact sheet shows how New Mexico does in the 2017 national KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has the state ranked 49th in the nation. (Fact sheet; June 2017) Read more

New Mexico has long ranked at the bottom of the 50 states on overall child well-being. However, in some of the 16 indicators of child well-being, it would take just a small change to move our state up in the rankings. This series of fact sheets looks at what it would take to move the needle on each indicator (A KIDS COUNT special report; Jan. 2017; pdf) Read more

In the past year, New Mexico has seen some improvements in child well-being—especially regarding health. We’ve also seen troubling increases in other indicators over the short- and long-term. This annual KIDS COUNT report on child well-being presents data by county, tribal area, and school district on indicators such as child and teen death rates, preschool enrollment, teen births, and more. (An annual KIDS COUNT report; Jan. 2017) Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

July 12, 2017
Diana was nervous as she spoke to the nearly 400 people gathered at our 5th annual KIDS COUNT Conference. As part of the panel discussion on women’s economic security and child well-being, Diana shared her frustration when, after a decade of working in the early education field and rising to the level of assistant director, she was still earning minimum wage. Her only raises, she said, came from changes in minimum wage laws. But this wasn’t the part of her story that I found most powerful. What really stuck with me was when she told us about having to become a single parent after surviving a domestic violence attack.
July 7, 2016
It's always gratifying when we can link a good outcome directly to a specific public policy--as we can in this case. We can also often predict a poor outcome when a bad decision is made. If we're smart, we'll use that knowledge to make better decisions. In this case, however, some lawmakers insisted on making a bad decision anyway.
July 4, 2016
At our recent Kids Count Conference, I asked the room of nearly 400 attendees to raise their hands if they had ever spent money on activities such as music lessons, team sports, preschool or a tutor for a child or grandchild. Then I asked if any of them would characterize that spending as “throwing money at the problem.”
June 22, 2016
Every child deserves access to the opportunities that will help them succeed. But in New Mexico--which ranks next-to-last in the nation for child well-being--too many families lack the resources we all depend upon to raise strong, healthy children. While our high rate of child poverty may seem like an insurmountable problem, it is one we can effectively address. It will take a coordinated effort and--yes--an investment of public resources, but the end result would benefit the state as a whole.

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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.

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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

2017KCDB_badge1_400px2017 National KIDS COUNT Data Book For the fourth year in a row New Mexico is 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 2017 national data book
Link to the New Mexico profile

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

KIDS COUNT Conferences

2017 KIDS COUNT Conference Opportunity Matters: Advancing the Well-Being of New Mexico’s Children, Women, and Families in a New Political Era Held on June 26, 2017, this conference featured speakers Nick Johnson, Dennis Campa, Ray Rivera, Sarah Ghiorse, and Lisa Cacari Stone, and panelists Alicia Edwards, Pamelya Herndon, Jessica Riggs, Diana Maze, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Rep. Christine Trujillo, and Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton.

  • 2017 conference materials are available for download here

2016 KIDS COUNT Conference Equity Matters: Impacts on Child Well-Being Held on June 27, 2016, this conference featured speakers Patrick McCarthy, Barbara Ferrer, and Jimmy Santiago Baca, and panelists Jozi DeLeon, Conroy Chino and Pamelya Herndon.

  • 2016 conference materials are available for download here

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