Time to invest in early childhood

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION programs have proven to lift kids out of poverty and prepare them for success in school and in life. As a Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) volunteer and preschool teacher, I have witnessed the power of such programs firsthand and can confidently say that New Mexico needs more of these programs — currently, we are failing many of our children.

Last year, New Mexico ranked last in the nation for child well-being. While we have made significant progress in growing early childhood education programs, there is still a lot to do. Fortunately, Gov.

Michelle Lujan Grisham understands the paramount importance of these programs. Her budget for this year includes a $74 million increase in funding for early childhood services.

Unfortunately, the Legislative Finance Committee budget proposal falls significantly short of the governor’s numbers.

I implore members of the Legislature to think strongly about our state’s children and families and urge them to align more proportionately with the governor’s budget proposal. More funding will lead to better child well-being and brighter futures. Nothing is more important.



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