NM Voices for Children’s fifth annual Kids Count Conference is just around the corner on Monday, June 26th. The conference brings together around 400 advocates, practitioners, community members, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to learn about the status of child well-being in New Mexico. We also honor the work of community leaders, including youth, who have worked to increase opportunities for children and families and their communities.
As you’ll see in the program, our theme this year is Opportunity Matters: Advancing the Well-being of Children, Women, and Families in a New Political Era. The first half of the day is dedicated to sharing updated rankings on child well-being in New Mexico and laying out the policy landscape both nationally and for New Mexico in light of the current federal and state administration’s tactics. The second half of the day will center on discussing the linkages between the well-being of women, with a focus on women’s economic security, and the well-being of children. The afternoon will be coordinated in partnership with NMWomen.org (and several other community-based organizations), who next week will release their two-part report “The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security and Health Equity.”