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on 13 million acres of state lands, and the state constitution requires that a small percentage of that money be withdrawn annually to help fund public education.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

Federal Student Loan Debt Relief and New Mexico Students and Grads

October 5th, 2022|

Policy Brief President Biden’s plan to provide federal student loan debt relief to millions of borrowers is popular – but it’s also a bit complicated. This short policy brief explains what the plan does, who is eligible, and how to apply. There’s even information on changes to Income-Driven Repayment plans and a calendar of deadlines for applications.

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Recent Blog Posts

Getting a Handle on Student Loan Debt

October 5th, 2022|

We all benefit when college is affordable enough that anyone can attend, and all New Mexicans should have the opportunity to further their education and careers. College graduates become the teachers, doctors, engineers, and other professionals that serve us and our communities.

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Recent News Coverage

In N.M. child-care funding win, providers nationwide see road map

November 10th, 2022|

Child-care advocates in New Mexico have tried for more than a decade to secure this money. The fight began in 2011, when a group called New Mexico Voices for Children proposed tapping into the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early child care and education programs. ​​

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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.


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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