Jun 22 2020

Despite Small Advances, NM Child Well-Being Stuck at 50th Nationwide

2020-06-22T13:37:08-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said the last-place ranking is disappointing, but the overall improvement in 10 of the 16 indicators is encouraging. "So that's a positive thing - not as much as we'd like, and maybe some other states are improving more than we are, but at the same time, at least 10 of those indicators moved in the right direction," Jimenez said.

Jan 16 2020

Voices for Children’s annual report finds state stagnant, urges sustained investment in youth

2020-01-21T14:59:30-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Kids Count is right to point out the enormous challenges facing our state’s early childhood services system,” Groginsky said. “We know that high-quality health and educational programs for children deliver an astonishing return on investment,” she added, “including significant gains in nearly every area we care about: education, health, employment, and social and emotional behavior.”

Jan 15 2020

New Mexico child poverty ranking back to 49th in nation, Kids Count report finds

2020-01-21T15:09:17-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We’re clearly not adequately providing (opportunities) for children of color, who make up the largest segment of our child population,” New Mexico Voices for Children executive director James Jimenez said. “When we’re OK with the fact that so many of our children lack the opportunities they need to be successful, we really paint a dire picture for the future.”

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 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 ..."

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