Jun 30 2018

Keep NM kids in mind when you vote this year

2018-07-03T16:57:14+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

Officials with New Mexico Voices for Children, which partners on the survey, point to a decline in state funding as the cause for many of these problems. Deputy Director Amber Wallin said the state has passed 37 tax cuts since 2008; has reduced per-pupil funding for schools and money for higher education; and has cut back on the number of school-based health centers.

Jun 27 2018

New Mexico ranks last in survey of child well-being

2018-06-27T12:11:10+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“The data show we are at a crossroads,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said in a news release. “We can continue to disinvest in our children or we can insist upon a new direction, one in which we make a deep commitment to improving conditions for all New Mexicans.”

Jun 27 2018

Once again, Kids Count ranks New Mexico last

2018-06-27T11:52:45+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“For 15 years we have made poor policy decisions that gutted our state’s general fund, which means there’s been an inability to invest in programs that we know make a difference to children,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, which runs the state’s Kids Count program. “We have tried to tax- and budget-cut our way to prosperity, and it has not worked.”

Jun 27 2018

Report: New Mexico ranks last in child well-being

2018-06-27T10:25:39+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“The data says to me that the policy approach that we have taken over the last eight to 10 years has not been working,” said James Jimenez, executive director of the Albuquerque-based advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children, which works closely with the Casey Foundation. “It says that we really don’t have much of a commitment to improving the lives of children,” Jimenez added.

Jun 14 2018

Strengthen New Mexico — Focus on Families

2018-06-23T13:57:42+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Many great organizations, both state agencies and nonprofits, are hard at work addressing the major components of child development and care. Organizations such as New Mexico Kids, Farm to Table New Mexico, the Brindle Foundation and New Mexico Voices for Children address a wide range of issues, such as early childhood education, food security and safe neighborhoods.

May 11 2018

NM Voices for Children host data workshop on child well-being

2018-06-26T12:29:35+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“The Kids Count data is a resource to tell you how your kids are doing,” Jordan said. He said data filters, like looking at statistics by school districts, are easily plugged into data searches to fit various statistical needs. The goal is to get the most accurate data possible, he said. Participants included families—many with children—community organizers, and professionals in the health care industry. Supper was served while discussions took place.

May 11 2018

NM Child Advocates: “Fix the Cliff” with $20 Million in Federal Funds

2018-06-26T12:33:02+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

"Childcare is very expensive; it is more expensive than tuition at UNM,” says Kayne. “These are generally young parents who are starting out, and they simply don't have the kind of income that allows them to either have high-quality childcare, or have one parent stay home and take care of kids."