Slide The 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book is here Slide Lawmakers should pass the Public Health and Climate Resiliency Act Find out how this Act would benefit New Mexico communities hit by severe weather and other climate-related disasters Here Slide Child Tax Credit will help our kids thrive Increasing the state Click Here New Mexico should increase the Child Tax Credit to up to $600 for families most in need, index the credit for inflation, and make it permanent Slide How do young kids count in New Mexico's counties? See our county-level fact sheets Click Here

New Mexico Voices For Children

Improving children’s lives through advocacy

The future of our society is in our children’s hands. When all children have the opportunities they need to thrive, we all benefit, so it makes sense to ensure that every child has access to the educational, emotional, health, and economic supports they need to grow up healthy and strong, and to become contributing members of society. We believe that the best way to ensure this is to discover the underlying reasons that some children lack these supports and then to advocate for the public policies that will address the gaps. Learn more about our work to accomplish that here.

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Recent Blog Posts

Jan 092023

23 Roundhouse Resolutions for 2023

It's a New Year's resolution bonanza! We've got 23 resolutions for 2023 that we urge lawmakers to consider to improve child well-being in New Mexico.

Dec 242022

State must be able to fund future

Santa Fe New Mexican--Because of our over-reliance on a boom-to-bust industry, New Mexico has a structural deficit -- a difference between reliable, recurring revenue and necessary, recurring spending that persists over time.

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Recent News Coverage

Jan 202023

Mixed results from annual Kids Count Data Book

NM Political Report--New Mexico continues to sit last in the U.S. for reading and math proficiency but the rates of those proficiencies over the long term have improved at a higher rate when compared to the U.S. rates, Wildau said. “It’s not as high as we’d like but we have seen improvements. And the number of improvements are stronger over the long term than the U.S. as a whole,” Wildau said.

Jan 192023

New Mexicans Warned That Extra Federal Food Aid Will End

Associated Press--The advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children is pushing for lawmakers to increase by nearly four-fold an existing state $175 child tax credit, saying that would help to offset the loss of the extra federal benefits and address the continued financial fallout from the pandemic for low-income families.

Jan 182023

Report: Pandemic’s effects worsened for New Mexico families in 2022

Santa Fe New Mexican--On a positive note, more young New Mexicans are enrolled in prekindergarten programs than at any time in the past decade, the 2022 data shows. Wallin attributed this change to recent investments in New Mexico’s early education system: It’s “one of our strong suits.”

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