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.

Jan 20 2022

Well-being of local children similar to state in most areas

2022-01-21T12:33:17-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Amber Wallin, deputy director, said that Chaves County’s outcomes are often tied closely to the fortunes of the oil and gas industry. “Those are things like poverty rates, child abuse rates that are linked to that,” said Wallin. “We know when parents have steady wages and good steady income that is a good predictor of how children are doing.” She added that the pandemic had a dramatically different effect on people depending on their social circumstances.

Jan 20 2022

2021 Kids Count Data Book indicates positives but also continued challenges

2022-01-21T12:46:47-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Amber Wallin, executive director of NMVC, said New Mexico legislators should continue to enact legislation that will positively impact families and children, particularly families of color. “During this Legislative session we’re continuing to focus on public policy to provide robust safety net support, especially in direct economic assistance for families who need it the most, especially for low-income front line workers, refugee and immigrant families unable to access key forms of relief,” she said.

Jan 19 2022

NM Kids Count says pandemic undermined child well-being

2022-01-21T12:22:01-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“If lawmakers continue putting kids and families first, we expect to see even more improvements, Wallin said. “However, in order to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic and recession, these policies must consider the unique barriers faced by our children, families, and communities of color.”

Dec 18 2021

For the Good of New Mexico Schools Congress must Act on DOI’s New Recommendations

2022-01-05T10:29:21-07:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, Health Blog, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

While families in New Mexico face rising gasoline prices at the pump, oil and natural gas companies are getting the deal of a century. Not only are they cashing in on higher prices, but they pay pennies on the dollar to lease our public lands for development and evade having to pay New Mexicans what we’re rightfully owed in royalties. All of this undercuts funding for our schools, and our children deserve better.

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