Jun 27 2018

New Mexico’s 2018 KIDS COUNT profile

2018-06-27T13:03:50+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

New Mexico has fallen to 50th in the nation in child well-being after ranking 49th for the past four years. This state profile shows how our children are faring on the 16 indicators of child well-being used in the national KIDS COUNT rankings. (State profile; state-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Jun 21 2018

The Well-Being of Black Children in New Mexico

2018-06-24T14:45:25+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Child poverty in New Mexico is among the worst in the nation and disparities exist within all indicators of child well-being for children of color. Although our state's Black children are generally faring better than Black children nationally, they still face significant obstacles to success. This report, created in partnership with the NM Office of African American Affairs, looks at how New Mexico's Black children are doing on some 20 indicators of child well-being. (A special KIDS COUNT report; state-, county-, and school-district-level data on indicators of child well-being)

May 09 2018

Helping NM Families Get Ahead by Fixing the Child Care Cliff Effect

2018-06-26T12:23:21+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

This fact sheet for The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back sums up the report's basic message about how the sudden loss of benefits like child care assistance--called the cliff effect--can act as a disincentive for hard-working families trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Also includes policy recommendations for mitigating the cliff effect. (Fact sheet; state-level data on the child care assistance program)

May 09 2018

The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

2018-06-26T12:24:55+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

How can a $1 raise in pay throw families into poverty? When they are at the ceiling for child care assistance eligibility, a tiny raise can mean they go from paying 18 percent of their income on child care to 38 percent. Work supports like child care assistance should help families achieve economic stability. But the sudden loss of benefits--called the cliff effect--can have the opposite effect. (Report; state-level data on the child care assistance program)

Apr 30 2018

Moving the Needle on Child Well-Being

2018-06-23T15:18:25+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

New Mexico has a long and proud history of cutting-edge innovation in many fields, so making progress on child well-being is within our reach if we fully commit to it. This report lays out the ways in which we can move the needle on child well-being by enacting smart public policies. (A special KIDS COUNT report; state-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Apr 25 2018

Improving the best anti-poverty measure in New Mexico

2018-06-23T15:47:16+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

New Mexico's Working Families Tax Credit works with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which has been hailed as one of the best anti-poverty, pro-job creation measures Congress has ever enacted. This fact sheet explains why this tax credit works so well and how New Mexico policymakers could make it even more effective. And it could all be paid for by ending an ineffective tax credit. (Fact sheet; state-level data on the Working Families Tax Credit)

Feb 13 2018

NM’s Lottery Scholarship is not targeted to the students who need it most

2018-06-14T20:48:51+00:00 Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

The Lottery Scholarship—the state’s largest financial aid program—is not need-based even though New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. What's more, it's not distributed in a way that helps many low-income students. (Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; state-level data on college affordability)

Jan 16 2018

2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book

2018-06-24T15:15:20+00:00 Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

New Mexico is at a crossroads. At the federal level we're seeing unpredictability in how child-serving programs are funded and at the state level we're poised to elect a new governor. This annual publication reports the latest data on child well-being in New Mexico to help us choose the path forward. (An annual KIDS COUNT report; state-, county-, tribal-, and school district-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Dec 18 2017

The Impacts of Taxing Food & Non-Profits

2018-06-14T20:53:47+00:00 Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Created for a workshop presented at the Community Pantry in Gallup, this PowerPoint presentation looks at the negative impacts of taxing both food and nonprofits, and includes information about how to advocate with legislators on behalf of low-income and food-insecure New Mexicans and the nonprofits that serve them. (Presentation; state- and county-level data on food insecurity)