by Jessica Pollard, Santa Fe New Mexican
June 21, 2021
New Mexico’s ranking among U.S. states in child well-being is up by one spot.
But a key children’s advocate acknowledged the modest move — from No. 50 to No. 49 — indicated that despite some improving numbers, the state has a long way to go when it comes to making things better for its youngest citizens.
“Forty-ninth is nothing to brag about — it still means that as compared with other states, with just these 16 metrics we’re just not doing that well,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, one of the state’s leading advocacy organizations. “But on the other hand … we are finally beginning to see a trend of us moving in the right direction.”
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