Ahead of the opening of today’s 60-day New Mexico Legislative session, Kids Count released its rankings of the state in comparison to other state for the well-being of children.
There was a tick up from last year’s report, but no significant improvement.
Kids Count releases its data on an annual basis prior to the start of each session.
According to its data, Kids Count said the state rates No. 49 in terms of taking care of its children. It was dead last in the 2014 ratings.
And even with the uptick, there was still big issues with the way New Mexico was caring for the underprivileged.
“The fact that we’ve seen a deterioration in key indicators — child poverty, children living in high-poverty areas, children living in single-parent families, and reading and math proficiency scores, for example — shows us the importance of creating and taking action on a comprehensive plan to make New Mexico a better place for working families and their children,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of NM Voices, which runs the Kids Count program in New Mexico. “We recognize that the data change over one year does not provide a trend, but it is still concerning that some of our worst child well-being outcomes continue to decline.”