New Mexico group works to raise child well-being ranking

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A survey ranks New Mexico 49th in the country for child well-being so small business owners, teachers and parents are coming together to improve the number.

The group is called People for the Kids and their focus is early childhood education.

One of their objectives is to create a substitute teacher pool so early learning centers can share substitute teachers like public schools.

Senator Michael Padilla says this collaboration is what the state needs to turn on its economic engine.

“It’s really the last structural way we can turn the state around from an economic development standpoint,” said Senator Padilla. “Domestic violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy, all of those things will be positively affected if we can fully fund early education and home visitation programs.”

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