Kids Count report released at New Mexico capitol

January 15, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico children’s advocacy group on Tuesday presented the latest troubling statistics on child poverty, teen birth rates and math and reading proficiency during the first day of the legislative session, hoping to spur action by lawmakers.

Officials with New Mexico Voices for Children and others gathered at the state Capitol to release the annual New Mexico Kids Count report.

It shows 42 percent of New Mexico children now live in single-parent households, and the state ranks last when it comes to the reading proficiency of fourth-graders. Overall, New Mexico ranks 49th in child well-being behind Mississippi.

The indicators included in the report serve as measures for the state’s future economic, education and health successes, said Veronica Garcia, the group’s executive director.

“This year’s prognosis sends a Login to read more

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