Child Advocates Release Children’s Agenda to Inform Candidates for State and National Offices

PRESS RELEASE
April 3, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: NM Voices for Children, Sharon Kayne, Communications Director
505-244-9505 ext. 110 (de), 505-401-8709 (c), 505-244-9509 (f), skayne@nmvoices.org

ALBUQUERQUE, NM–New Mexico Voices for Children has released a children’s agenda of policy recommendations that they hope candidates for state- and – national-level offices will adopt. The agenda, “Children in the Crossroads: A Children’s Agenda for Creating KIDS COUNT with Candidates,” contains 30 coverage recommendations spanning three classes: economic well-being, education, and wellness. The team hopes that the agenda will spur candidates to will make plans.

“Despite kids being the biggest priority for every New Mexico parent, policies to increase their well-being are rarely said in candidate discussion,” explained James Jimenez, executive manager of NM Voices. “That is particularly unconscionable when we’ve ranked 49th the nation in child well-being provided that we’ve got.”

Some of the policy recommendations are aimed particularly at working families with kids. These include: making a state-level child tax credit; significantly increasing state funding for early childhood care and learning plans, K-12 and college; and expanding health centers.

Some of the policy recommendations would assist New Mexicans not or whether they are parents. These include: rebuilding the behavioral health program of the state ; and increasing the minimum wage interest rates in 36 percent for all loans.

“Children do best if their communities and families are powerful,” explained Amber Wallin, deputy manager for NM Voices. “That we rate so low in kid well-being is truly a symptom of a bigger issue. When kids are not doing it signifies communities and their families are not doing well . Many of these policy guidelines could enhance the state’s economy and the standard of life for all residents.”

The children’s agenda, which was previewed at a week’s west New Mexico KIDS COUNT Conference, can be found on the web at:

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New Mexico Voices for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating for policies to enhance the wellbeing and well-being of New Mexico’s kids, families and communities.
625 Silver Ave. SW, Suite 195, Albuquerque, NM 87102; 505-244-9505 (de);