NM KIDS COUNT
Predicated on the idea that advocacy is more powerful when it is backed by data and evidence, the KIDS COUNT program allows us to advocate for the unmet needs of our state’s children by giving us a clear picture of what those needs are. This is done by identifying and tracking indicators of child well-being. By calling attention to indicators like the percentages of children living in poverty and single-parent families, teen birth rates, and more, we hope to create public accountability and the political will to drive policies that address these issues.
2022 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book: Promoting Generational Prosperity
Given the pandemic, child well-being could have taken a great tumble. But, thanks to smart investments at both the state and federal levels, New Mexico’s children are not fairing much more poorly and in some cases, have seen slight improvements. This annual report provides data on numerous child well-being indicators related to economic security, education, health, and family and community, and includes policy solutions. (State-, county-, tribal- and school district-level data on child well-being.)
Early Childhood County Fact Sheets
These county-level fact sheets contain population demographics and nine child well-being indicators for children younger than age 5 – the age group who will benefit from services expanded due to the voters’ passage of constitutional amendment 1. They’ve been updated to include votes for CA1 for each county. (County-and state-level data on population and indicators of child well-being for children younger than age 5)
National 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book
This annual report, 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. See New Mexico’s profile here.
KIDS COUNT Data
KIDS COUNT Data Center
The Annie E. Casey Foundation houses extensive data on child well-being. The database can be searched and sorted by state, county, legislative districts, and other geographic areas. You may also search by topic, compare states or cities, create profiles, maps, rankings, line graphs, or download raw data.
NM KIDS COUNT Map Gallery
The NM Community Data Collaborative, with support from the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council, has created a special map gallery with NM KIDS COUNT data.
2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book
NM KIDS COUNT Data Book Given the pandemic, child well-being could have taken a great tumble. But, thanks to smart investments at both the state and federal levels, New Mexico's children are not fairing much more poorly and in some cases, have seen slight improvements. This annual report provides data on numerous child well-being indicators related to economic security, education, health, and family and community, and includes policy solutions. (State-, county-, tribal- and school district-level data on child well-being.)
Early Childhood County Fact Sheets
County Fact Sheets These fact sheets provide data on young children and are updated to include the votes for constitutional amendment 1 by county. (County- and state-level data on population and indicators of child well-being for children younger than age 5.)
Recent Blog Posts
New Mexico can move forward on education with heart
Santa Fe New Mexican--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.
Data shows New Mexico families struggle with basic expenses
Albuquerque Journal--New Mexico’s leaders have taken many actions to protect and support children and families through this uncertainty, including hunger relief funding, emergency economic relief for those left out of federal stimulus payments, a new paid-sick-leave policy, and an increase and expansion of the Working Families Tax Credit, which will put money in the hands of families who will spend it quickly and locally to provide for their children’s basic needs.
Recent News Coverage
Mixed results from annual Kids Count Data Book
NM Political Report--New Mexico continues to sit last in the U.S. for reading and math proficiency but the rates of those proficiencies over the long term have improved at a higher rate when compared to the U.S. rates, Wildau said. “It’s not as high as we’d like but we have seen improvements. And the number of improvements are stronger over the long term than the U.S. as a whole,” Wildau said.
Report: Pandemic’s effects worsened for New Mexico families in 2022
Santa Fe New Mexican--On a positive note, more young New Mexicans are enrolled in prekindergarten programs than at any time in the past decade, the 2022 data shows. Wallin attributed this change to recent investments in New Mexico’s early education system: It’s “one of our strong suits.”
KIDS COUNT Conferences & Workshops
2022 KIDS COUNT Virtual Conference Kids at the Heart of Public Policy: Centering Children, Youth, and Families for Transformational Change Held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference featured an opening message by Lt. Governor Howie Morales, keynote by Anne Price, President, The Insight Center, a presentation by Emily Wildau, NMVC Research & Policy Analyst/KIDS COUNT Coordinator, and a presentation by the NMVC Policy Team. Find materials for hit conference here
2021 KIDS COUNT Virtual Conference A Just, Equitable & Sustainable Future for New Mexico Families: Centering Children & Women of Color in Recovery Held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference featured an opening message by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Taifa Smith Butler, President of Demos, as keynote speaker, a presentation by NMVC Deputy Director Amber Wallin, and a community panel of women of color from across the state working to improve outcomes for New Mexico’s kids and families. Find materials for this conference here
2020 KIDS COUNT Conference Virtual Series Session One: Status of Child Well-Being in New Mexico & KIDS COUNT Data Book Release Held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this first of three sessions featured Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as keynote speaker, as well as Karina Jimenez Lewis and Amber Wallin. Session Two: Family Economic Security & State Economic Stability and Recovery featured Erica Williams and NM Taxation & Revenue Department Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke. Session Three: Cradle-to-Career Education in the time of COVID-19 and Recession featured Lt. Governor Howie Morales, NM Early Childhood Education & Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky, and a panel of education experts. Find materials for this conference here
2019 KIDS COUNT Conference Framing the Future for Families: The Road Ahead Held in Albuquerque on June 26 – just a week after New Mexico was once again ranked 50th in the nation for child well-being – this conference featured Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as keynote speaker, as well as Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, and a dozen breakout learning sessions presented by community partners. Find materials for this conference here
2018 Southern New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference Childhood Trauma: From Symptoms to Systems Change Held on Nov. 14, 2018, in Las Cruces, this conference featured speakers Dr. Andrew Hsi, Bhanu Harrison, Dr. Dulcinea Lara, Amber Wallin, and Kasandra Gandara, along with more than a dozen breakout learning sessions. Find materials for this conference here
2018 KIDS COUNT Conference Kids at the Crossroads: Charting the Course for Their Success Held on June 25, 2018, in Albuquerque, this conference featured speakers Leslie Boissiere, Dean Rudoy, and Frank Lopez, a gubernatorial candidate forum, and four breakout learning sessions. Find materials for this conference here
2018 Turning Data into Action Workshops This series of four workshops, held in April and May of 2018, went over county-specific data on child well-being, policy proposals that can improve child well-being, and tips for advocating with legislators. Find materials for this workshop here
2018 Northern New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference Improving Child Well-Being with Data, Policy & Advocacy Held on March 22, 2018, in Española, this conference featured speakers Alvin Warren, Nick Johnson, and Amber Wallin, two community panels, and a call-to-action session. Find materials for this conference here
2017 Southern New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference Opportunity Matters: Shaping Early Childhood Access to Care & Education in Southern New Mexico Held on Nov. 19, 2017, in Las Cruces, this conference featured speakers Nick Johnson, Amber Wallin, Erica Surova, and Frank Lopez, a screening of the documentary The Raising of America, and a panel of local city, county and state policymakers. Find materials for this conference here
2017 KIDS COUNT Conference Opportunity Matters: Advancing the Well-Being of New Mexico’s Children, Women, and Families in a New Political Era Held on June 26, 2017, this conference featured speakers Nick Johnson, Dennis Campa, Ray Rivera, Sarah Ghiorse, and Lisa Cacari Stone, and panelists Alicia Edwards, Pamelya Herndon, Jessica Riggs, Diana Maze, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Rep. Christine Trujillo, and Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton. Find materials for this conference here
2016 KIDS COUNT Conference Equity Matters: Impacts on Child Well-Being Held on June 27, 2016, this conference featured speakers Patrick McCarthy, Barbara Ferrer, and Jimmy Santiago Baca, and panelists Jozi DeLeon, Conroy Chino and Pamelya Herndon. Find materials for this conference here
2015 KIDS COUNT Conference Child Well-Being: A 2-Generation Approach to Success Held on June 29, 2015, this conference featured Lisa Hamilton, Marjorie Sims, Richard Noriega, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, and Dr. Cathleen Willging as speakers, as well as a panel on preventing child abuse. Find materials for this conference here
2014 KIDS COUNT Conference A Call to Action! Held on June 30, 2014, this conference featured Dr. Art Rolnick, Dennis Campa, and Dolores Huerta as speakers, as well as a candidate forum. Find materials for this conference here
2013 KIDS COUNT Conference Third Grade Counts! The 2013 inaugural NM KIDS COUNT conference featured presentations by data and policy experts, as well as leaders in business and child advocacy. Find materials for this conference here