77% percent of New Mexican children are not proficient in reading by the 4th grade. Children who are not reading at grade level by 4th grade are more likely to drop out of school.
1 out of 5 New Mexico children live in households there is an uncertainty of having enough food for all household members.
Source: Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Food Security Supplement
NM is a dismal 49th in child well-being. Poverty is one key indicator that predicts poor outcomes in school and in life.
30% of children in NM are at or below poverty level.
Source: National Kids Count Data
Half of Albuquerque Public Schools are identified as high poverty Title 1 schools. (
APS has over 84,000 kids enrolled this year; it is the largest school district in the state.
2/3 of APS students qualify for the federal lunch program.
Over 4,000 students in the APS district alone are considered homeless. (APS Title 1 Homeless Project)
Only 30% of third graders in central NM meet or exceed expectations in literacy.