Our 8th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference is Going Online!

Instead of our usual in-person gathering, we will launch a virtual event series starting on August 25, 2020

We are in the process of crafting the theme and topics for this series, but we do know that the online gatherings will be interactive and will focus on critical issues facing our families and children in New Mexico (food security, unemployment insurance, other work supports, immigration, changes to the state’s taxation and budget systems, etc.), especially as a result of COVID-19 and a forthcoming recession. For more information on the pandemic, some resources, and links to our pandemic-specific work, please click here.

 

2020 CONFERENCE THEME

While we’re still putting the finishing touches on the theme of our interactive, online conference series, we can tell you it will address many of the issues facing our families in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the forthcoming recession. The stay-at-home orders that have been critical in helping slow the spread of this disease have put great strain on many of our state and nation’s most essential programs and services: the overwhelming need for unemployment insurance, along with other work supports such as food assistance, a health care system that is being pushed to the brink – even as thousands of New Mexicans and hundreds of thousands of Americans still lack health insurance – and problems with our immigration and criminal justice systems. We also know that changes will need to be made to the state’s taxation and budget systems in order to fill the revenue gaps.

The pandemic has also highlighted the terrible inequities in our society that are the result of centuries of marginalization and discrimination, and that have resulted in this pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.

Please stay tuned for more details coming very soon.

SPEAKERS

We are still hoping to include newly appointed Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky of the NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department among the state and community leaders who will be delivering expertise and information throughout this online series. Speakers/presenters will be announced soon!

YOUTH SPIRIT AWARDS & SPIRIT OF HOPE AWARDS

We are sad to announce that our Youth Spirit Awards are postponed until 2021. However, we will still honor courageous advocates across New Mexico working on behalf of kids – particularly those who have stepped up during this time of crisis – through our Spirit of Hope Awards.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION WILL RETURN SOON

Early bird registration will reopen online soon. Please stay tuned!

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Because this will be a series of events, we must still determine whether we can offer CEUs, and what kind.

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Mark yourself as “GOING” on our Facebook event to put it on your calendar and tell others how they can learn more about our virtual conference series.