Child Care Closures Plague New Mexico

Child Care Closures Plague New Mexico

State Policies Bad for Business of Educating New Mexico’s Young Kids

A statewide study¹ shows that New Mexico’s child development centers have continued to close at an alarming rate across the state. Over 173 centers have closed since 2010, when the state first cut eligibility for child care contracts and reimbursement rates for providers.

The study notes that CYFD’s reimbursement rates to providers, which fall well-below the market rate for child care, is one cause for the center closures that continue to plague the state.

“The Martinez Administration has a double-standard for how they pay state contractors: early-learning centers get paid at a loss, but every other kind of business makes a profit,” said Raquel Roybal, a PEOPLE for the Kids board member. “If you pave a road for the state, you make money, but if you educate a young child, under the Martinez Administration, you lose money.”

map of earlyed center closureYELLOW: Closures in 2011
GREEN: Closures in 2012
BLUE: Closures in 2013
RED: Closures in 2014

The study notes that only 69% of centers across the state accept CYFD contracts, down 14% since 2011. “CYFD’s reimbursement rates simply don’t cover the cost of the education we provide,” said Roxanne Rosa, Director of Our Montessori School in Albuquerque and also a board member of PEOPLE for the Kids, the coalition that released the study.

The study also notes that CYFD provides contracts to over 5,000 fewer children than it did in 2009, accounting for a significant loss in revenue that centers across the state used to rely on.

PEOPLE for the Kids is a coalition of parents, early educators, and early learning center owners and directors. Early Educators United, the OLÉ Working Parents Association, and the Quality Early Learning Association are its founding organizational members.

¹Center Closure Study 2014

Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI THANKS SENATOR: NM IS NOW 50TH IN CHILD WELFARE

After a Constitutional Amendment that would put $150 million into early education programs passed the New Mexico House this year, Senator John Arthur Smith dragged the bill into his committee and refused to give it a hearing. He killed it.

A study, which was released summer of 2013, showed that New Mexico has dropped to last place in the nation for child welfare, bumping Mississippi up to 49th.

That’s when members of our Working Parents Association decided it was time for someone to call out Senator Smith for abusing his power and driving New Mexico’s child welfare down to 50th in the nation.

 

Parents to Governor: You Broke Your Promise to Protect Education Funding, but It’s Not Too Late to Fix It

PARENTS TO GOVERNOR: You Broke your Promise to Protect Education Funding

68 Working Parent Association members traveled to Santa Fe Tuesday to tell Department of Education officials how education cuts have hurt their kids. Parents are asking Governor Susana Martinez to put proposals to fill the hole in school funding on her call for the special legislative session this fall. Watch them in action HERE.