Jul 04 2016

Initiatives to help young kids have provided major benefits

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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

2018-06-16T12:12:45-06:00Blog 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.

Sep 09 2014

NM might consider social impact bonds for expanding early childhood services

2016-09-21T16:40:38-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog|

Dr. Arthur Rolnick—the keynote speaker at our 2014 NM KIDS COUNT Conference—made a compelling case for higher levels of investment in early childhood care and learning services. Many people in New Mexico agree that these kind of investments will help us improve the well-being of our children. Unfortunately, there has not been a consensus in Santa Fe on how to pay for these programs.

Aug 19 2014

This is OBSCENE!

2018-04-03T12:39:34-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

A recent report from the State Investment Council shows that New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) is growing at a robust pace and now exceeds $13.8 billion. It’s the second largest fund of its kind in the nation and we spend a small portion of it every year on education and other important services. Meanwhile, New Mexico remains the worst state in which to raise a child. Only a small fraction of our youngest children have access to the high-quality early childhood care and learning services that are shown to improve their outcomes all the way into adulthood.

Jul 22 2014

We’re 49th! A stroke of luck or the result of positive change?

2018-04-03T12:39:34-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Education Blog, Kids Count Blog|

The 2014 national KIDS COUNT ranking of states in child well-being just came out. There was a lot of uproar last year when, for the first time ever, New Mexico was ranked dead last—a position that had always been reserved for Mississippi. This year, Mississippi is back in 50th and we are ranked 49th. That’s good news, surely, but we have to ask ourselves … is it just a statistical fluke? Or, could our state possibly be starting to make progress in improving children’s lives? And, if this is so, can we sustain this movement?

May 27 2014

No Pell Grants for Preschoolers

2018-04-03T12:39:34-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

There are many other reasons legislators should obsess over the high cost of child care: because of our high poverty rates, more of our kids need it and fewer working parents can afford it; because preschoolers don’t get Pell Grants, can’t take out a student loan, and don’t qualify for work-study so their parents are stuck with the cost upfront; and because, arguably, high-quality child care is more important to a person’s development than college.