Parents, educators meet with lawmakers on early childhood education goals

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There is an ongoing effort to improve child well-being in the state.

New Mexico has long been one of the lowest-ranked states for children. Last year, New Mexico ranked last in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kid Count report.

State leaders are hoping investments in early childhood education will help turn that around in the long term.

Parents and educators met with lawmakers Saturday to discuss their goals for early childhood education. More than one hundred of them showed up at the Alamosa Community Center in southwest Albuquerque.

Educators say the earlier they can work with kids, the earlier they can support them if they need help.

Speakers also discussed the need to make early education a sustainable career in order to keep experienced educators in the field.

There is also a push to make sure early childcare options are available in rural parts of our state.

It will be up to lawmakers in the Legislative Finance Committee to develop a wage ladder and programs that can boost the funding for early childcare.