Aug 16 2022

Finding Cash for Kids

2022-08-23T14:06:01-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

The federal expanded credit “provided really targeted relief to those families that needed it most,” says Amber Wallin, executive director of the advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. She adds that beyond simple relief, the income support “create[d] long-term opportunities [for children] to thrive,” as research consistently shows cash-assistance programs for families support children’s health, educational outcomes, and general well-being.

Aug 09 2022

New Mexico’s ranking in child well being worsened according to KIDS COUNT Data Book

2022-08-09T16:11:24-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“What this data reflects is mostly pre-pandemic conditions,” Wallin told NM Political Report. “It’s reflective of the times before all the big policy changes in New Mexico. This data doesn’t capture all the changes we’ve seen in recent years.”

Aug 08 2022

Kids Count places New Mexico 50th for child well-being

2022-08-09T16:07:32-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“[The data] doesn’t necessarily reflect many of the policy changes we’ve seen at a state level,” New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director Amber Wallin said in an interview Monday. “When the data catches up to the policy, we expect to see continued improvement for New Mexico’s children and families.”

Aug 08 2022

New Mexico slips to 50th in child well-being

2022-08-08T11:35:11-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

What’s not reflected in the data book is “great policy progress in the past few years that put kids first,” she said, noting a number of legislative changes made from 2019 forward. “Among them are the new child tax credit, the doubling of the tax credit for working families with kids and the expansion of child care systems to most every kid in New Mexico,” she said.

Jul 24 2022

Low literacy linked to New Mexico’s poverty

2022-07-25T12:26:11-06:00Education News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“Literacy and poverty are closely tied together, and they can reinforce each other through generations,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “If a child is living in poverty and facing difficult financial challenges, then one of the things that could come along with that is that their parents may have less time to work with them at home on reading and homework, particularly if the parents are working two jobs.”

Jul 01 2022

New Mexico’s children are worth the investment

2022-07-25T13:39:56-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

New Mexico is not like any other state. Our people, our traditions and our communities are unique. This November, voters have the opportunity to approve a ballot question that would bring data driven, transformational change to our state to level the playing field for hardworking New Mexico families, giving all of our kids, regardless of family income, a fair opportunity to thrive.

May 07 2022

Mixed emotions on Mother’s Day

2022-07-25T13:55:16-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Amber Wallin is always thinking about moms: working moms, moms who recently immigrated to the U.S., Latina moms who disproportionately bore the brunt of the pandemic-era economic fallout. "As we look at who was hardest hit by the pandemic, it was moms," noted Wallin, 40, who is executive director of the child advocacy organization New Mexico Voices for Children.

Apr 28 2022

New Mexico to offer a year of free child care to most residents

2022-07-25T13:29:55-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Advocates welcomed the initiative at a time when families are still recovering from the economic fallout of the pandemic and are grappling with rising prices. “It is hard to overstate the impacts of ensuring that all families can afford great child care,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, an advocacy group. “It helps our families. It helps our workforce. It helps our businesses. It’s such an important step forward for New Mexico, and it comes at a time when families are in real need of any economic relief.”

Feb 02 2022

Data shows New Mexico families struggle with basic expenses

2022-02-02T14:31:04-07:00Blog 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|

New Mexico’s leaders have taken many actions to protect and support children and families through this uncertainty, including hunger relief funding, emergency economic relief for those left out of federal stimulus payments, a new paid-sick-leave policy, and an increase and expansion of the Working Families Tax Credit, which will put money in the hands of families who will spend it quickly and locally to provide for their children’s basic needs. These actions prevented us from losing all the progress we’ve been working for to improve well-being for all of our children.

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