House Democrats Pass Joint Resolution to Invest in Early Childhood
House Democrats Champion Investing in Children, New Mexico’s Future Economic Success
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Floor passed House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasing funding for early childhood education, by a vote of 36-31. Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.
“Every child deserves every opportunity to be successful and healthy. This bill is a smart investment in our children, and is the most impactful thing we can do for our communities. The more prepared our young people are for their future, the better off we are as a state.” said Rep. Javier Martínez.
“We will see the positive effects of this legislation for years to come. Investing in early childhood education is not only in our economic interest, it strengthens all of our communities by addressing two crucial issues in New Mexico – crime and poverty,” said Rep. Moe Maestas.
"The stock market may crash, oil may run out, but the investment we make in our kids will last forever. We know that educating our kids provides the highest return possible of any investment. This is the first step in giving New Mexicans the education and tools to move our state forward and as a sponsor of HJR 1, I was honored to ensure its passage, acting as Speaker during debate," said Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.
Currently, 95% of New Mexico children ages 3 and under don’t have access to critical services such as home visiting. Home visiting and other early childhood education services improve child wellbeing, readiness to learn, and other social outcomes. Children who have access to early childhood education services are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and have higher income earning potential.
The Joint Resolution now heads to the Senate for consideration.