FILE – Teacher Arleen Franklin explains a math lesson to her students at Judy Nelson Elementary School on Sept. 21, 2022, in Kirtland, N.M. New Mexico is rolling out a new rule mandating that school calendars consist of at least 180 days. The goal is to get students more learning time in the classroom and improve academic outcomes. Public Education Secretary Arsenio Romero said Thursday that the change will be difficult for some but it is “what’s right for kids.” The state is looking to claw its way up from the bottom of national rankings. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

NM Better than National Average in High Housing Cost Burden and Kids without Health Insurance

June 10, 2024

CONTACT: Sharon Kayne, Communications Director, NM Voices for Children, 505-361-1288 (direct)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM— New Mexico has made improvements in lowering child poverty over the past decade, according to the national 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book, which analyzes how children and families are faring, was released today by the Baltimore, MD-based foundation. This year, the Data Book also includes information on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and chronic absences.

“Although there’s still work to do, New Mexico’s official child poverty rate continues to improve but change takes time,” said Gabrielle Uballez, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “And this measure of poverty only considers income. When we look instead at the supplemental poverty measure, which measures the impact of some of our best poverty-fighting policies, we see that New Mexico’s investments in families through refundable tax credits and income support programs have a real impact on lowering poverty rates and supporting family well-being.”


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