Advocates call on policymakers to put kids first

by John R. Boby, Searchlight New Mexico
June 27, 2018

Prospects for children in New Mexico are the worst in the nation, according to newly released data that rank states across 16 measures of child well-being.

The state’s 50th-place ranking follows years of scrabbling around the bottom rungs of the annual Kids Count report, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and its network of state partners. Last year, New Mexico ranked 49th. The last time it ranked 50th was in 2013.

“The data show we are at a crossroads,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said in a news release. “We can continue to disinvest in our children or we can insist upon a new direction, one in which we make a deep commitment to improving conditions for all New Mexicans.”

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