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Sharon Kayne is NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Dec 12 2023

Report: Cash Assistance Programs Improve Work, School Outcomes

2023-12-11T13:24:25-07:00Press Releases|

A report on a recently concluded statewide guaranteed income pilot program with 330 immigrant families demonstrated unrestricted cash assistance programs allowed for low-wage earners to pursue better jobs, increase their educational levels, and improve other critical outcomes for their children. The report, Guaranteed Income: Increasing Employment and Helping Families Thrive, on the New Mexico Guaranteed Income Pilot Program for Immigrant Families, was released on December 12, 2023.

Dec 12 2023

Guaranteed Income: Increasing Employment and Helping Families Thrive

2023-12-20T11:22:50-07:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Report Research shows that when people are given unrestricted cash payments -- sometimes called guaranteed income (GI) -- they pursue better jobs, complete educational or vocational training, and create stability for their families. This report (available in English and Spanish) looks at how a GI pilot program for immigrant families in New Mexico improved outcomes for participating families. (Programmatic data on well-being for immigrant families.)

Nov 03 2023

New Mexico senator proposes the federal government double lunch money for schools

2023-11-06T10:43:03-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Albuquerque Journal--New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Vermont, Michigan and Massachusetts all made school breakfast and lunch free for all students starting this academic year. “The thing that’s really interesting is in New Mexico, the bill passed unanimously,” Wildau said. “Nobody voted against it, and so that was really unique.”

Oct 27 2023

Heinrich, Fellow Senators Introduce Legislation to Help New Mexico Continue to Provide Free School Meals

2023-10-30T11:32:55-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Rio Rancho Observer--“This year, New Mexico became one of the first states to provide healthy school meals to every student in part by leveraging federal meal reimbursements through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program,” said Emily Wildau, director of New Mexico Kids Count at New Mexico Voices for Children. “But current meal reimbursement rates don’t cover the full cost of school meal programs."

Oct 12 2023

Yes to funding sustainable, affordable housing

2023-10-12T12:55:30-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Santa Fe New Mexican--We support the proposed 3% tax because it’s a fair solution that asks those with plenty to help ensure all Santa Fe families and children have opportunities to thrive in the community they call home. The proposed 3% tax will generate an estimated $6 million per year to support working families in finding homes in Santa Fe, building wealth and raising their children here.

Oct 02 2023

Several Staff Members Promoted

2023-10-02T10:29:37-06:00Press Releases|

Five staff members from the policy team at NM Voices for Children have been promoted. Paige Knight, MPP, and Jacob Vigil, MSW, who were both Senior Research and Policy Analysts, have been promoted to Deputy Policy Directors. Javier Rojo, MPA, and Emily Wildau, MPP, who were both Research and Policy Analysts, have been promoted to Senior Research and Policy Analysts. Lydia Paukei, JD, MSW, who was a Tribal Policy Fellow and Research and Policy Analyst, has been promoted to Policy Counsel.

Sep 29 2023

Some States Are Fighting Rising Child Poverty With Tax Credits

2023-10-02T12:26:18-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

Capital & Main--“It was so positive for families in New Mexico,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “It helped them pay bills, buy groceries and face the economic challenges of the pandemic. Seeing how much of a difference it made, state lawmakers shifted into gear and passed the credit.”

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