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 ..."

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.