OLE fights to enrich and empower New Mexico’s working families.
If you would like to JOIN our CYFD campaign, please fill out this form.
The Youth Employment Summer Institute (YES!) provides an employment opportunity for young people to become engaged in community while also being challenged to think critically about the world around them. Through this program they will not only develop valuable job skills but also meaningful relationships rooted in local community organizations that will provide them a home for continued community involvement.
Sign OLÉ’s petition today to keep preschool affordable to families making up to 200% of poverty. CYFD has said it won’t accept applications past March 31 from families who make 200% FPL.
CYFD is sitting on $20 million of unused federal and state funds for child care, so we can afford to keep preschool affordable to many more New Mexicans. If CYFD stops approving child care for families making twice the poverty rate, the state will likely send millions of dollars of federal funds back to Washington, and thousands of kids who might otherwise have a preschool education will go without.
Since members of the House Business & Employment Committee killed our Preschool Fair Share legislation, the best way to expand preschool education to thousands of children, so they enter Kindergarten ready to learn, is by making sure New Mexico doesn’t return the $20 million in child care funds.
Thanks to all of our members and friends who supported our Preschool Fair Share bill, which would have made low-wage, billion-dollar corporations pay their fair share for early education. And thanks to our champions, Representatives Patricia Roybal Caballero and Miguel Garcia, along with Senator Jacob Candelaria, for leading the fight!
Now please sign our petition to CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson today!
Letter to CYFD Secretary JacobsonRead the petition
The National Parent Leadership Action Network was created from a gathering of Abriendo Puertas, Community Organizing & Family Issues (COFI), OLÉ, WSA Parent Ambassadors, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), and Parent Voices in Alexandria, Virginia where together we made history and took a giant leap forward for Parent Leadership.
***NEW PETITION*** PLEASE SIGN***
Montessori Recognition Act Petition
***BILL NUMBER INCLUDED***
Pass SB 668 -- CHILD CARE LICENSURE RECOGNITIONRead the petition
LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2015 IS NIGH (Starts January 20, 2015)
This year’s Legislative session will last 60 days. So we have even more time
to speak with your Legislators. You must remember that these people represent you and it is every person’s job to remind their representatives and hold them accountable for their actions. Join us today, and we can help build a better tomorrow.
The Legislative session can become very busy and often rushed at times. Sign up for our text message update service so we can let you know when we plan to group together, drive up to Santa Fe and let your Legislators know how you feel about the issues that matter most to you.
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the New Mexico Legislative Session.
If you would like to help OLÉ lobby at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe please fill out this form so we are able to contact you and create a plan of action together. Thank you.
CYFD COMMITS FRAUD
CYFD refused to give Cynthia the study time that she needs to keep up with her schoolwork. Cynthia is working hard as a substitute teacher to provide for her family while she works toward her degree at CNM. CYFD regulations say that college students should have child care for the hours that they need to study, but CYFD tells Cynthia that she can’t have them. CYFD is violating its own regs, defrauding Cynthia of the child care hours she’s entitled to.
STOP CYFD FRAUD!
CONTACT THE OLÉ WORKING PARENTS ASSOCIATION & TELL US YOUR STORY:
505-796-6544 OR PARENTS@OLENM.ORG
We are no longer accepting applications for our YOUTH internships. Thank you for applying.
Thanks & Spanks NMleg 2014
Early Childhood Education
Since the Early Education Constitutional Amendment was first proposed 3 years ago, hundreds of child development centers have closed, CYFD now serves 8,000 fewer children, hundreds of early educators have left their profession, unable to survive on minimum wage. New Mexico fell to 50th in child welfare, yet no legislator has proposed an alternative to the Constitutional Amendment that would address these growing problems. The following Senators, who voted to table the Constitutional Amendment, SJR 12, deserve a special phone call or email, so they understand how disappointed we are in their lack of concern about New Mexico’s child welfare crisis.
John Arthur Smith, (575) 546-8546, email@example.com
Carlos Cisneros, (505) 670-5610, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Munoz, (505) 722-0191, email@example.com
Pete Campos, (505) 425-0508, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Wilson Beffort, (505) 292-7116, email@example.com
William Burt, (575) 434-6140, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carroll Leavell, (575) 395-3154, email@example.com
Steven Neville, (505) 327-5460, firstname.lastname@example.org
The two Senators on the Senate Finance Committee who voted in support of early education programs deserve a call or message, thanking them for championing the Early Ed Constitutional Amendment.
Nancy Rodriguez: (505) 983-8913, email@example.com
Howie Morales: (575) 574-0043, firstname.lastname@example.org
The minimum wage constitutional amendment passed the Senate but failed yesterday in the House. Our list of shame for those who voted against the increase or walked away without voting include:
Representative Sandra Jeff, (505) 786-4994, email@example.com
Representative Dona Irwin, (575) 546-9376, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator John Arthur Smith, (575) 546-8546, email@example.com
Please call them or drop them a line to tell them they should be ashamed of depriving 91,000 of New Mexico’s hardest-working families a fair wage.
And please call Senator Clamente Sanchez, who in spite of his commitment to vote against the minimum wage, listened to his constituents and voted for it:
(505) 287-2515, firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the bills we fought for with this past Legislative Session
IN SUPPORT OF:
- Senate Joint Resolution 13(SJR 13) – Constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage throughout the state of New Mexico.
- Senate Joint Resolution 12(SJR 12) – Constitutional amendment to draw funds from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to help fund early childhood education programs throughout the state of New Mexico.
- House Bill 127(HB 127) – This bill would create a two-tiered driver’s license system
Here are a few videos of the days of actions that took place during the second week of the session. In these videos you will witness OLÉ members speak to different Legislators on the listed above issues.
Minimum wage ^^^ Early Education ^^^ Driver’s Licenses ^^^
OUR Walmart Halloween Parade
October 31, 2013
Million Dollar Bake Sale – Governor Martinez returns $6.7 Million While Kids Struggle
October 3, 2013
New Mexico Now Named 50 in Child Welfare
July 18, 2013
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The Organizers in the Land of Enchantment welcome you to join us in the fight!
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