Right now, many of New Mexico's kids are struggling. Less than 20 percent of eligible children have access to New Mexico's early childhood programs and 51 percent of New Mexico's children live in low-income households. Their parents and care-givers cannot afford to pay for high-quality child care and don't have access to a pre-kindergarten program.
Early childhood services provide children with the skills and care they need to succeed and thrive. But New Mexico spends less than 1 percent of the state budget on early care and education programs. The result? Children enter kindergarten behind and the learning gap continues to increase as they get older.
By investing in the early years, we can ensure that New Mexico children have the best opportunity to succeed in school and throughout life.
The New Mexico Legislature will be considering a proposal in January that would let the voters decide if more money should be invested in preparing our children for success in school.
Please urge your policymakers to give citizens the opportunity to vote in support of funding early childhood education.
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