By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press
November 12, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE — Any efforts in New Mexico to build a successful early childhood education system will depend on the state’s ability to prevent child neglect and abuse, members of a task force on child well-being told state lawmakers Thursday.

The task force over the past year has been monitoring efforts by health care providers and others to implement the provision of a 2019 law that calls for plans of care to be developed for children born exposed to drugs or alcohol. The idea has been to identify vulnerable families and help them find support during the first year of the child’s life.

More than 1,000 such plans have been created around the state. Officials said the majority of those families and their babies have followed through and are being monitored.

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