Aug 21 2022

New Mexico can move forward on education with heart

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New Mexico voters can also take action by voting Yes on Constitutional Amendment 1 on the ballot in November. Constitutional Amendment 1 would draw down a small portion of the $26 billion permanent school fund to support high-quality early childhood care and education services — such as home visiting and pre-kindergarten — and services for at-risk students.

Aug 16 2022

Finding Cash for Kids

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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

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“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

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“[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

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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

A Missing Ingredient

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Advocates note that many people exposed to trauma recover, particularly if they have attentive families and strong support systems. “Children are really resilient,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of the advocacy organization New Mexico Voices for Children, particularly if they are only exposed to one or two ACEs. But if trauma accumulates beyond that, she said, the challenges become more difficult to overcome — “and that’s where New Mexico fares really poorly.”

Jun 16 2022

New Mexico joins states to extend post-birth Medicaid coverage

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Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, called the move “a game-changing” development for many New Mexico mothers. “This provides guaranteed, essential services for mothers during a crucial period” in their lives, Wallin said in an interview. “Maternal mortality is a major issue across the nation.” Wallin said many mothers continue to recover physically beyond two months after birth. Also, she said, postpartum depression and anxiety are underestimated problems that affect 1 in 4 mothers.

May 07 2022

Mixed emotions on Mother’s Day

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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.

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