Oct 19 2018

To make all kids count, we must count all kids

2018-11-14T13:48:59+00:00 Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Education Blog, Kids Count Blog, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog|

This is a perilous moment for New Mexico’s children. There’s no getting around it. Yet the future is not predetermined for kids in New Mexico. This state’s leaders can be inspired by this moment to do better by its children. They can choose to collaborate inclusively and act boldly and swiftly. That’s what it will take — both to position the state well for the 2020 census and to give children a better chance to thrive.

Jul 24 2018

Ruling in K-12 funding lawsuit is movement in right direction

2018-07-30T12:32:05+00:00 Blog Posts, Education and Early Learning/Care, Education Blog, Kids Count Blog|

Given the many challenges faced by our children, New Mexico should be making whatever investments are necessary to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive and achieve success. Instead, over the last decade New Mexico has made some of the deepest cuts to K-12 education in the country. While some funding was restored during the 2018 legislative session, we are still far behind where we should be on a per-student, inflation-adjusted basis.

May 11 2018

The devastating math of the child care cliff effect

2018-06-26T12:21:51+00:00 Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Education Blog|

Imagine having to turn down a raise in pay because it will actually make you less financially secure. Sounds crazy, but that's what many working parents have to do--and just when they're making headway in the quest to provide their family with economic stability. It's all due to the "cliff effect" and, in New Mexico, the cliff effect for child care assistance can throw families who get even a small raise right back into poverty.

Jun 05 2017

Despite recent budget fix, higher education is still underfunded

2018-06-14T18:20:31+00:00 Blog Posts, Education Blog|

Economists say it again and again: investments in higher education pay off. Unfortunately, Governor Susana Martinez’s decision to veto all funding for higher education—every penny—sent the wrong message to current and future college students worried about college costs as well as to businesses reticent of investing in a state that does not value education.

Jul 04 2016

Initiatives to help young kids have provided major benefits

2018-06-14T20:14:44+00:00 Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, Kids Count Blog, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

At our recent Kids Count Conference, I asked the room of nearly 400 attendees to raise their hands if they had ever spent money on activities such as music lessons, team sports, preschool or a tutor for a child or grandchild. Then I asked if any of them would characterize that spending as “throwing money at the problem.”

May 16 2016

There are better ways to ‘pull together’ for New Mexico’s impoverished kids

2018-06-16T12:12:45+00:00 Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, Health Blog, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Because poverty has multiple causes and tends to be generational, we must address it by meeting the needs of the family as a whole. This is called a two-generation approach, and it does more than ensure that children are fed and safe. It also gives parents the tools they need to better their own situations—whether that means access to job training and further education or health care to deal with substance abuse problems or chronic illness.