Education and Early Learning/Care2022-08-08T11:13:06-06:00

Education and Early Learning/Care

Children are our most valuable natural resource, and the investments we make in them, particularly in their earliest years, will benefit us all in the long term. Every family and individual should have access to an affordable, evidence-based, and high-quality prenatal and cradle-to-career system of care and education. Investing in a life-long educational continuum is the most effective way to ensure that New Mexicans have the best opportunities to succeed in school and throughout life.

Featured Content

What New Mexico voters need to know about the Permanent School Fund

The Permanent School Fund (also known as the Land Grant Permanent Fund) was created when New Mexico became a state. The fund invests revenue raised from oil, gas, and mineral production on 13 million acres of state lands, and the state constitution requires that a small percentage of that money be withdrawn annually to help fund public education. New Mexico’s Permanent School Fund is currently valued at nearly $26 billion dollars.

New Mexico’s 2022 KIDS COUNT profile

New Mexico is again ranked 50th in the nation in education by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book. This state profile shows how our children are faring in education as well as the on the other 12 indicators of child well-being used in the national KIDS COUNT rankings.
 
 

New Mexico’s K-12 Schools: Funding the Education System Our Students Deserve

Despite recent increases in K-12 funding and the ruling in the Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit, New Mexico still fails to adequately invest in the kind of educational system our students deserve. This policy brief looks at the state’s K-12 funding landscape, educator shortage, the pandemics’ impact, and more. (State-level data on student demographics, proficiencies, and graduation rates)

 

Recent Publications

Early Childhood County Fact Sheets

September 6th, 2022|

County Fact Sheets In advance of the Nov. 8, 2022, election, these fact sheets provide data on young children - one of the groups who will benefit from the passage of Constitutional Amendment 1. Includes information on the ballot question and an estimate of how many children could benefit from its passage. (County-and state-level data on population and indicators of child well-being for children younger than age 5)

New Mexico 2022 KIDS COUNT profile

August 8th, 2022|

State Data Sheet The national 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, assesses and ranks the 50 states on 16 indicators of child well-being, which are categorized into four domains - economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. New Mexico placed 50th in 2022. (State-level data on indicators of child well-being)

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Recent Blog Posts

Inflation Reduction Act raises more revenue for NM schools

August 30th, 2022|

There is plenty to celebrate in the landmark Investment Reduction Act. New Mexicans will benefit with lower energy costs, good-paying jobs, more energy-efficient homes and businesses, cleaner air, funding for wildfire prevention and drought preparedness, and much more.

New Mexico can move forward on education with heart

August 21st, 2022|

New Mexico voters can also take action by voting Yes on Constitutional Amendment 1 on the ballot in November. Constitutional Amendment 1 would draw down a small portion of the $26 billion permanent school fund to support high-quality early childhood care and education services — such as home visiting and pre-kindergarten — and services for at-risk students.

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Recent News Coverage

Child care facilities offer new possibilities for some state workers

September 20th, 2022|

“Certainly during the pandemic we saw what a lack of access to child care can do to families and workers and to the workforce and economy,” said Wallin. She said without reliable access to child care programs, many parents — mothers in particular — ended up dropping out of the workforce to care for their kids at home. Child care is “one of the keys to supporting the workforce and economic recovery,” she said.

New Mexico can move forward on education with heart

August 21st, 2022|

New Mexico voters can also take action by voting Yes on Constitutional Amendment 1 on the ballot in November. Constitutional Amendment 1 would draw down a small portion of the $26 billion permanent school fund to support high-quality early childhood care and education services — such as home visiting and pre-kindergarten — and services for at-risk students.

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Current Initiatives

Invest in Kids NOW! is an alliance of organizations dedicated to making early childhood education, health and development for children ages zero to five years a priority in New Mexico. Read more.

Birth to Five New Mexico is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving access to and the quality of early childhood care and education (ECE) in New Mexico.

Resources

The Early Childhood Map Gallery is a collection of interactive maps and applications describing early childhood risks, services, and resources in New Mexico neighborhoods by the NM Community Data Collaborative.

Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything is a short video by the Ounce of Prevention Fund that puts a human face on the need for higher quality ECE programs, particularly for children from low-income homes.

The Heckman Equation is an online resource for policymakers, advocates and organizations who promote investment in early childhood education and development. The site, based on the work of Nobel laureate in economics, James Heckman, includes short videos and other advocacy tools.

Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policy-makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general, and other law enforcement leaders, who advocate for high-quality early care and education programs as one way to reduce crime.

Mission: Readiness is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization led by senior retired military leaders ensuring continued national security and prosperity by calling for smart investments, including high-quality early care and education programs, in the upcoming generation of American children.

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