Jun 27 2018

New Mexico’s 2018 KIDS COUNT profile

2018-06-27T13:03:50+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

New Mexico has fallen to 50th in the nation in child well-being after ranking 49th for the past four years. This state profile shows how our children are faring on the 16 indicators of child well-being used in the national KIDS COUNT rankings. (State profile; state-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Jun 21 2018

The Well-Being of Black Children in New Mexico

2018-06-24T14:45:25+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Child poverty in New Mexico is among the worst in the nation and disparities exist within all indicators of child well-being for children of color. Although our state's Black children are generally faring better than Black children nationally, they still face significant obstacles to success. This report, created in partnership with the NM Office of African American Affairs, looks at how New Mexico's Black children are doing on some 20 indicators of child well-being. (A special KIDS COUNT report; state-, county-, and school-district-level data on indicators of child well-being)

May 09 2018

Helping NM Families Get Ahead by Fixing the Child Care Cliff Effect

2018-06-26T12:23:21+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

This fact sheet for The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back sums up the report's basic message about how the sudden loss of benefits like child care assistance--called the cliff effect--can act as a disincentive for hard-working families trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Also includes policy recommendations for mitigating the cliff effect. (Fact sheet; state-level data on the child care assistance program)

May 09 2018

The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

2018-06-26T12:24:55+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

How can a $1 raise in pay throw families into poverty? When they are at the ceiling for child care assistance eligibility, a tiny raise can mean they go from paying 18 percent of their income on child care to 38 percent. Work supports like child care assistance should help families achieve economic stability. But the sudden loss of benefits--called the cliff effect--can have the opposite effect. (Report; state-level data on the child care assistance program)

Apr 30 2018

Moving the Needle on Child Well-Being

2018-06-23T15:18:25+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

New Mexico has a long and proud history of cutting-edge innovation in many fields, so making progress on child well-being is within our reach if we fully commit to it. This report lays out the ways in which we can move the needle on child well-being by enacting smart public policies. (A special KIDS COUNT report; state-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Apr 03 2018

New Mexico Kids at the Crossroads

2018-06-23T15:42:28+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Publications|

With the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, New Mexico is not providing the opportunities our children need to succeed. But the good news is that we can improve opportunities for New Mexico’s kids through public policy. This children's agenda for candidates in the 2018 election provides 30 policy recommendations that will help improve child well-being in New Mexico. (Policy agenda)

Feb 13 2018

NM’s Lottery Scholarship is not targeted to the students who need it most

2018-06-14T20:48:51+00:00 Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

The Lottery Scholarship—the state’s largest financial aid program—is not need-based even though New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. What's more, it's not distributed in a way that helps many low-income students. (Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; state-level data on college affordability)

Sep 22 2017

Sustaining Career Pathways Frameworks

2018-06-13T21:06:19+00:00 Education Publications, Publications|

Career pathways, programs that move non-traditional adult students along a continuum into post-secondary education, have shown real promise in other states. However, they require a systemic framework that aligns policies and funding for a comprehensive approach. This PowerPoint, presented to the SUN PATH Advisory Council, looks at funding sources, possible frameworks, and examples of effective career pathway programs in other states. (A Working Poor Families Project presentation)

Mar 01 2017

College affordability in New Mexico is out of balance

2018-06-14T21:02:39+00:00 Education Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Despite the fact that New Mexico needs college-educated workers now and in the future, the cost of college has gone up dramatically. Meanwhile, little of the state's financial aid is granted to students with financial needs. Even the lottery scholarship goes disproportionately to students who could otherwise afford tuition. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; state-level data on college affordability)