by Roz Brown, Public News Service – NM
June 27, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – New Mexico children’s advocates are highlighting a reduction in the teen birth rate and a boost in kids attending preschool, despite the state being ranked dead last in the nation for child well-being.
After capturing the 49th position for child well-being last year, the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, drops New Mexico to 50th place this year.
At New Mexico Voices for Children, Executive Director James Jimenez acknowledged there’s no way to sugarcoat the state’s dismal ranking. He hopes it’s a wakeup call.
“If we don’t do something quickly and in a sustained way, our children will not be thriving and reaching their full potential,” Jimenez said.
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