A New Hope for New Mexico’s Kids

SCAN staff and volunteers pose with New Mexico’s Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham.

It’s a new year, which is a hopeful time, where change is in the air. And this year brings hope for meaningful change for New Mexico’s kids. Our new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, spoke boldly in her State of the State address about enacting a “moonshot for education,” which must “begin at the beginning.”

Last fall, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) was proud to endorse Lujan Grisham in her race for governor, thanks to her plan to improve and expand early childhood education in New Mexico. So far, she has demonstrated her commitment to our youngest learners with a budget proposal that calls for $60 million in new pre-K classrooms with a goal of statewide enrollment of 80 percent over the next five years.

While New Mexico is known for high-quality pre-K, our state nationally ranks 44th for preschool enrollment. There is so much room for growth and that’s why we look forward to partnering with the governor. We’ve even begun running TV ads in support of her vision of universal pre-K and we are working to mobilize parents, educators and community members to contact their lawmakers.

As Governor Lujan Grisham said in her State of the State: “These are real children, in our state, who need a better start, right now — a better start this state can provide for them, every single one of them. And so we will provide for them. Together, we will do this. This is the session, this is the year, this is the moment we put New Mexico on the path to universal pre-K for every New Mexico child.”

As someone who grew up here and considers herself an auntie to not only my own nieces but an extended circle of New Mexico kids, I couldn’t agree more.

If you live in New Mexico, please join me in contacting our lawmakers and letting them know that now is the time to fully invest in our kids! If you don’t live in the Land of Enchantment, we still need you to use your voice and urge the U.S. Congress to invest in early learning across the country.

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Lacey Daniell-Miller is the New Mexico Mobilization Manager for SCAN. Lacey has more than a decade of experience dedicated to children and families, people with disabilities and public health.