New Mexico Child Care Annual Outcomes Report
February 12, 2020
For families seeking economic security and stability, there are few needs more pressing than the need for safe and reliable child care. Without consistent child care arrangements, families simply cannot pursue their employment and educational goals. Additionally, children benefit from being safe and well-fed during the child care day, and from experiencing high-quality interactions with their caregivers and peers. New Mexico’s child care system, and child care assistance in particular, seeks to make these two-generation benefits available to families who might otherwise not be able to afford them.
In 2018, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, the Early Childhood Care Accountability Act. This act codified child care’s role in New Mexico’s early childhood system and established requirements for annual data reporting. This report responds to the requirements of that act, and is based on FY19 data. The report is also intended to share data about the state’s progress, to highlight areas in need of improvement, and to serve as a catalyst for discussion of whether policy choices are effecting meaningful change for families. The report concludes with recommended next steps for systematically gathering the data needed to better inform policymaking that supports access to quality child care for all.