Jul 25 2019

Progress report: Albuquerque neighborhood among many tricky for 2020 census in NM

2019-07-29T13:21:01-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“The big challenges in those areas are connecting to the folks who we know are likely to be undercounted,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “So people who may be poor or housing-insecure can be a real challenge in those areas, especially in communities that are changing.”

Jul 08 2019

Our children are a bi-partisan issue

2019-07-08T16:27:30-06:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“The greatest truth must be the recognition that in every child is the potential for greatness,” said Amber Wallin, deputy [director] of NM Voices for Children. “We’re all in this together.” We heartily agree: New Mexico is a great state to live in, and it can only be better with less poverty, a better-educated populace, less hunger and less crime.

Jun 30 2019

Eye on New Mexico: Child well-being

2019-07-01T16:39:06-06:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

On this week's edition of Eye on New Mexico, Colton Shone posed a question – do our kids count? New Mexico, once again, has been ranked 50th for child well-being. The annual Kids Count report placed New Mexico dead last in education and in "the family and community" domain. Shone interviewed James Jimenez, the executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, about the rankings.

Jun 27 2019

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on citizenship question draws reaction

2019-07-01T16:39:53-06:00News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"With that potential citizenship question in there it was pretty clear that was intended to have a dampening impact on the willingness of particularly the immigrant population, but also others, to participate in the census," said Jimenez. Jimenez said New Mexico already leads the country with the highest hard-to-count populations.

Jun 26 2019

Gov. Lujan Grisham aims to end child hunger in NM within a year

2019-06-27T16:19:57-06:00Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is promising to end child hunger in New Mexico within a year. “Maybe that's too high of a goal, I don't care,” Lujan Grisham said at the Kids Count Conference. “New Mexico needs to institute universal food security services and programs in this state and every single philanthropic partner has to be dedicated to making sure no child in this state will ever go hungry again ..."

Jun 26 2019

Governor: Poverty ‘an evil in our state’

2019-06-27T16:17:26-06:00Education News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“We will look poverty in the face,” Lujan Grisham said in the keynote address at the annual Kids Count Conference in Albuquerque. “… It is an evil in our state, and it must be dealt a death blow.” Lujan Grisham spoke to about 500 people gathered for the conference, organized by the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children.

Jun 26 2019

Governor touts changes state is making to improve child welfare rankings

2019-06-27T16:12:46-06:00Education News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“We all saw the report last week,” Lujan Grisham said Wednesday at a conference organized by the nonprofit advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. She was referring to the 2019 Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, which assesses how kids in each state are faring on several measures, from health care to education to poverty.

Jun 25 2019

Report: New Mexico taxpayers missing out on funds from oil and gas projects

2019-06-27T16:06:21-06:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Noting New Mexico’s Public Education Department is under a court order to make more investments in its schools, James Jimenez, executive director of the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children, said in an email that increasing those rates in the future is “just plain common sense” and will help the state meet the court mandates to improve public education.