Nov 29 2022

Lawmakers, advocates discuss task force’s recommendations for paid family leave fund

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Santa Fe New Mexican--Advocates for such a bill counter it will protect workers, increase morale and cut down on the number of workers who leave the workforce on disability because they cannot otherwise deal with serious health issues. Jacob Vigil, senior research and policy analyst for the nonprofit advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children, said paid leave offers workers stability and leads to “more loyalty to employers.”

Nov 23 2022

Lawmakers Can Put Children at the Heart of Policy Decisions

2022-12-19T11:40:08-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Tumbleweeds Magazine--There is still much the state can do to ensure that all children have the opportunities they need to thrive. Lawmakers should continue their work to bring more equity to our tax code by increasing the state’s new child tax credit, while also supporting public and environmental health programs, and continuing to increase investments in education from cradle to career.

Nov 13 2022

Voters signal support for more than investments in early childhood

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Las Cruces Sun-News--The recent election tells us a great deal about how committed New Mexicans are to our children and their families. New Mexico voters have spoken loud and clear — and they want the highest quality early care and education programs fully supported and available to all.

Sep 20 2022

Child care facilities offer new possibilities for some state workers

2023-01-05T14:27:03-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

Santa Fe New Mexican--“Certainly during the pandemic we saw what a lack of access to child care can do to families and workers and to the workforce and economy,” said Wallin. She said without reliable access to child care programs, many parents — mothers in particular — ended up dropping out of the workforce to care for their kids at home. Child care is “one of the keys to supporting the workforce and economic recovery,” she said.

Aug 21 2022

New Mexico can move forward on education with heart

2022-08-23T14:15:59-06:00Blog 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 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 19 2022

Kids Count analysts urge voters to support school funding measure

2022-08-23T14:14:14-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“We knew over 10 years ago that we needed to change our educational investments to earlier in a child’s life if we were going to change their trajectory,” said senior research and policy analyst Jacob Vigil. “We knew we needed a lot of money to make that happen, more than likely could be raised in taxes.” If passed, the amendment would bring roughly $100 million to K-12 education and $150 million to the state’s Early Childhood Education and Care Department, which oversees services such as preschool, child care and home visiting programs in the state.

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