FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Suzanne Arnold, [email protected], (609) 610-4957
Washington, D.C. (January 6, 2020) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds Governor Lujan Grisham’s emphasis on early childhood education in the New Mexico state budget released today. The budget includes a $74 million increase in early childhood services, including $26 million to expand child care assistance, $19.9 million to expand public and private pre-k slots and $3 million to expand crucial home visiting services. Additionally, the budget includes $320 million in non-recurring funds to create the Early Childhood Trust Fund, which will ensure that these vital early childhood education programs have funding in the future.
“Governor Lujan Grisham is dedicated to ensuring that New Mexico’s children get every educational opportunity they deserve. This increased investment in early childhood education will transform the futures of many New Mexican children and continue to build a foundation for success,” said Mark Shriver, President of SCAN.
“A new Early Childhood Trust Fund will expand and support programs that are lifting kids out of poverty. We look forward to working with the Governor and the legislature to support increased funding that will address the well-being of children,” Shriver continued.
SCAN and its in-state activists will be working tirelessly to ensure early childhood education remains a top priority this legislative session, which begins on January 21.
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