Feb 27 2023

Report: Recent investments in early childhood must be made permanent and reliable

2023-02-27T09:14:52-07:00Press Releases|

New Mexico is at a critical juncture between the recent and significant investments made in early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs and the political will to make those programs universal and permanent. That is one of the conclusions in a new report, Early Childhood Care and Education in New Mexico: Using New Tools and Rising to the Challenge.

Sep 15 2022

New Census Data Show Improvement in Child Poverty for New Mexico During Pandemic Thanks to Public Relief and Tax Policies

2022-09-15T11:44:59-06:00Press Releases|

“Tax credits for families earning low incomes are one of the most effective ways to reduce child poverty and improve outcomes for children and their families,” Wallin said. “And because they are spent on basic necessities like housing and food, they create economic activity that’s good for the whole state.”

Aug 08 2022

New Mexico Ranks 50th in Child Well-Being but Many Long-Term Trends Positive

2022-08-08T09:33:23-06:00Press Releases|

New Mexico is ranked last in child well-being by the national 2022 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that analyzes how children and families are faring. New Mexico has seen consistent improvements over time in most indicators, however, those improvements are outweighed by the hardship felt by families in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Feb 10 2022

Child Advocates Pleased with Introduction of State Child Tax Credit Bill

2022-04-06T16:50:04-06:00Press Releases|

“Temporary expansions in the federal CTC helped many New Mexico parents meet their family’s basic needs and were used to pay for basic necessities such as food and housing and paying off debt. With the fate of those federal expansions uncertain, it is great to see the state taking the lead on ensuring all families in the state can meet their needs and thrive.”

Feb 07 2022

Immigrant-based and Advocacy Organizations Launch Statewide Guaranteed Basic Income Study in New Mexico

2022-04-06T16:51:05-06:00Press Releases|

Guaranteed Basic Income programs that have been tried elsewhere have shown how well this approach works. These programs create stability for families, which allows them to plan for the future and pursue better employment opportunities. We look forward to having the data from this project so we can learn how this valuable tool can help move New Mexico families and communities toward a brighter future.

Jan 19 2022

Report: To Improve Child Well-being State Must Ensure an Equitable Recovery

2022-04-06T16:51:40-06:00Press Releases|

“Child well-being was steadily improving prior to the onset of the pandemic, and much of that was due to changes in public policies that made kids and working families a priority,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of NM Voices for Children. “If lawmakers continue putting kids and families first, we expect to see even more improvements. However, in order to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic and recession, these policies must consider the unique barriers faced by our children, families, and communities of color.”

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