By Roz Brown, Public News Service
August 2, 2021

Pandemic fallout still has U.S. states clawing their way back to normalcy, and New Mexico believes its decision to provide more child care assistance will help families and the economy recover faster.

An expansion that basically doubles eligibility for child care financial assistance was announced by the governor last month. It sets aside about $320 million from the American Rescue Plan for child care assistance, and overhauls how day care and preschool providers are reimbursed.

Amber Wallin – deputy director with the group New Mexico Voices for Children – said it’s a game-changer for the state’s youngest children, and the workers who care for them.

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