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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Jan 20 2022

Well-being of local children similar to state in most areas

2022-01-21T12:33:17-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Amber Wallin, deputy director, said that Chaves County’s outcomes are often tied closely to the fortunes of the oil and gas industry. “Those are things like poverty rates, child abuse rates that are linked to that,” said Wallin. “We know when parents have steady wages and good steady income that is a good predictor of how children are doing.” She added that the pandemic had a dramatically different effect on people depending on their social circumstances.

Jan 20 2022

2021 Kids Count Data Book indicates positives but also continued challenges

2022-01-21T12:46:47-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Amber Wallin, executive director of NMVC, said New Mexico legislators should continue to enact legislation that will positively impact families and children, particularly families of color. “During this Legislative session we’re continuing to focus on public policy to provide robust safety net support, especially in direct economic assistance for families who need it the most, especially for low-income front line workers, refugee and immigrant families unable to access key forms of relief,” she said.

Jan 19 2022

NM Kids Count says pandemic undermined child well-being

2022-01-21T12:22:01-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“If lawmakers continue putting kids and families first, we expect to see even more improvements, Wallin said. “However, in order to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic and recession, these policies must consider the unique barriers faced by our children, families, and communities of color.”

Jan 19 2022

Report: To Improve Child Well-being State Must Ensure an Equitable Recovery

2022-01-19T11:57:14-07:00Press Releases|

“Child well-being was steadily improving prior to the onset of the pandemic, and much of that was due to changes in public policies that made kids and working families a priority,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of NM Voices for Children. “If lawmakers continue putting kids and families first, we expect to see even more improvements. However, in order to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic and recession, these policies must consider the unique barriers faced by our children, families, and communities of color.”

Jan 19 2022

2021 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book

2022-01-19T11:59:31-07:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, New Mexico’s child well-being wavers. This annual report provides data on numerous child well-being indicators housed under four domains (economic security, education, health, and family and community) and includes policy solutions for ensuring a more equitable recovery. Includes some pandemic-specific data from 2021.

Jan 17 2022

Survey: Hispanic families are facing ‘extreme’ economic hardship in pandemic

2022-01-21T12:17:50-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

The bilingual survey of 1,000 Hispanic adults, including nearly 250 immigrants, was conducted last month by polling firm BSP Research and commissioned by New Mexico Economic Relief Working Group, a coalition of organizations that includes children advocacy nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children and the immigrant rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido. The effort was a follow-up to a smaller survey conducted in 2020.

Jan 13 2022

Coalition urges NM to use federal funds for cash assistance

2022-01-21T12:13:32-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“This is very sobering data,” Sanchez said. The findings, he said, show “tough times for everybody across New Mexico, particularly rural Hispanic residents.” The survey was sponsored by a host of groups advocating for worker or immigrant rights, including Somos Un Pueblo Unido, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and New Mexico Voices for Children.

Jan 09 2022

Amber Wallin replaces James Jimenez to lead New Mexico Voices for Children

2022-01-21T12:45:47-07:00News Coverage|

Wallin said the state’s recent investments in early childcare education are positive signs and she is hopeful that similar policies will continue in the future. She also said she believes New Mexico needs to continue to help families afford early childcare education. At the same time, she said that while early childcare is “really expensive for families,” early childcare workers are not “paid nearly enough for the work they’re doing” and some early childcare centers are “barely getting by.”

Jan 09 2022

Voices for Children chief committed to ‘improving opportunities’ for kids

2022-01-21T12:41:51-07:00News Coverage|

The programs that Wallin and Voices advocate for “depend on us passing good tax policy, and diversifying and raising revenue from a lot of different sources.” She noted that there is currently significant federal investment in the state, along with record setting revenue generated by the oil and gas industry. “But really, we need to diversify our economy and our revenues moving forward so that we always have the funding needed to support the programs that matter most for kids 20, 30 years into the future, when oil and gas is maybe not able to contribute the revenues that they do now,” she said.

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