Oct 25 2021

Advocates urge more investment in youth at New Mexico Voices for Children conference

2021-10-25T13:07:18-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“Equality of opportunity is not something that just happens,” said the organization’s deputy director, Amber Wallin. “Moving forward, we have to pass policy that supports families, prioritizes children and … improves opportunities for women and communities of color in our state.”

Sep 23 2021

Fix oil and gas leasing system before new sales

2021-09-28T13:30:02-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

In New Mexico, we have lived through many boom-and-bust cycles of the oil and gas industry. But recent years have shown just how much we need to break this cycle - particularly as we plan for the transition from oil and gas to clean energy - by tipping the scales away from the oil and gas corporations and back toward New Mexicans who have shouldered the consequences.

Sep 14 2021

Leger Fernández introduces bill to help communities’ economic transitions away from fossil fuels

2021-09-28T13:27:33-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

“This bill is about ensuring a better future for kids,” James Jimenez said. “For years, New Mexico has relied on oil and gas to fund our children’s education programming. But as we battle climate change and protect our land and public health, it’s vital that states like New Mexico are able to diversify their economies.”

Aug 02 2021

NM Families Start School Year with Extra Money for Child Care

2021-08-02T17:05:25-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

Wallin noted that families of color were especially hard-hit by school closures and other economic impacts from the pandemic and now, should have more peace of mind. "They're able to better afford housing needs and ensure they can buy their kids back-to-school clothes," said Wallin. "But also it's helping them go back to work, afford necessities and helping our economy get back on track as well."

Jun 27 2021

Pre-pandemic improvement in child well-being a glimpse at what investments can do

2021-06-29T12:54:07-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, Health Blog, Health News Coverage, Kids Count Blog, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

Incremental improvements show us both that progress is possible and also that creating the nurturing environments our kids deserve and need to thrive will require bold and sustained actions and investments.

Jun 21 2021

Kids Count: New Mexico improves to 49th in child wellbeing

2021-06-22T10:25:14-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“It’s encouraging to see that child wellbeing in New Mexico was improving before the pandemic hit,” said James Jimenez, executive director for New Mexico Voices for Children, which partners with the foundation. He’s cautiously optimistic that state policies “helped offset some of the health and financial problems caused by the pandemic.”

Jun 21 2021

New Mexico moves up to 49th in rank for child welfare

2021-06-22T10:21:20-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

New Mexico traditionally has not done well in the Kids Count rankings, usually swapping the 49th and 50th spots with Mississippi. But Jimenez said there are some reasons for optimism as New Mexico looks to the future, including the expansion of Medicaid several years ago and a just-passed working families tax credit that could reduce child poverty.

Jun 21 2021

NM shows modest improvement in child well-being

2021-06-22T10:16:43-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“It’s encouraging to see that child well-being was improving before the pandemic hit,” said James Jimenez, executive director for New Mexico Voices for Children. “We’re cautiously optimistic that investments the state made in children and families beginning in 2019 – as well as throughout the pandemic – helped offset some of the health and financial problems caused by the pandemic."

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