Thank you for attending our 8th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference!

2020 VIRTUAL SERIES

You can download materials from all three sessions here.

SESSION ONE
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
10am – 11:30am
Status of Child Well-Being in New Mexico & KIDS COUNT Data Book Release

This kick-off session covered the most recent data on child well-being from the national KIDS COUNT Data Book and offered an expansive picture of child well-being in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and current recession. Presentations included:

Improving Child Well-Being in New Mexico
Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Governor, State of New Mexico

Trends in Child Well-Being and Preparing for a Recovery for Kids
Karina Jimenez Lewis, Senior Policy Analyst, Annie E Casey Foundation

KIDS COUNT Data Book Release and Status of Children in NM
Amber Wallin, Deputy Director, NM Voices for Children

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SESSION TWO
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
2pm – 3:30pm
Family Economic Security & State Economic Stability and Recovery

This pre-election session combined several policy issues focused on family economic security with an emphasis on why protecting the investments New Mexico made in our kids and families over the past two years is the quickest and most equitable path to recovery from the recession. It highlighted NM Voices’ tax fairness and budget adequacy work and other policy topics central to protecting families and children via social safety net investments.

Antiracist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 and Stronger Recovery
Erica Williams, Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Tax and Fiscal Policy Solutions for New Mexico Children 
Stephanie Schardin Clarke, Cabinet Secretary, NM Taxation & Revenue Department

Policy Solutions for Investing in Children and Families in New Mexico
Bill Jordan, Government Relations Officer, New Mexico Voices for Children
Paige Knight, Research & Policy Analyst, New Mexico Voices for Children

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SESSION THREE
Thursday, December 3, 2020
10am – 12pm
Cradle-to-Career Education in the time of COVID-19 and Recession

The last of the series, this pre-legislative session focused on the policy issues relevant to defending and promoting equitable access to a cradle-to-career education for New Mexicans, especially during the 2021 session and in light of the recession. 

Education Landscape in New Mexico
Howie Morales, Lieutenant Governor, State of New Mexico

Investing in Children and Resourcing the Early Childhood Education & Care Department
Elizabeth Groginsky, Cabinet Secretary, NM Early Childhood Education & Care Department

Community Panel: Equity in Education in New Mexico
Moderator
Edward Tabet-Cubero, State Director, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
Panelists
Melissa Candelaria, Senior Education Attorney, NM Center on Law and Poverty
Patricia Jiménez-Latham, Project Manager, Transform Education New Mexico
Mary Parr-Sanchez, President, NEA New Mexico
Regis Pecos, Co-Director of the Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School

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