Will New Mexico's child well-being ranking improve in 2014?

Updated: 07/15/2014 9:04 AM | Created: 07/15/2014 8:59 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In 2013, New Mexico ranked dead last in terms of child well-being—a ranking that still haunts many people across the state.

"We fell all the way from 49 to 50. So I think it was just this concept of being, you know, last," said Christine Hollis, director for New Mexico Kids Count.

The state will soon find out whether that ranking remains for 2014. The National Kids Count report comes out next Tuesday.

"I would again challenge people to look and see what they think, how well are we doing?" Hollis added.

Hollis hopes for improvement but says not to expect a drastic change. She says there are a lot of indicators to look at in terms of how Kids Count ranks each state, like "health, education, economic security of families and sort of family and community factors."

Who is this data for? Hollis says lawmakers and people who can make changes if they're needed.

What's been done since the last data book when New Mexico ranked 50th? Hollis said there's been some focus on early education but not enough.

"We're doing very poorly by those children," Hollis added.

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