Joint Resolution to Invest in New Mexico’s Children Passes Committee
House Democrats Champion Initiative to Lift Generations of Children out of Poverty
Santa Fe – Today, the Joint Resolution to invest in New Mexico’s children advanced in the House Education Committee. HJR 1, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), is a constitutional amendment that seeks to raise up New Mexico by investing 1% from the Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) into quality early childhood education programs.
“Our children are our greatest resource,” said Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “There is no better way for us to invest in our state and our communities than by giving our children the best educational opportunities we can from an early age. We must seize this opportunity to end the cycle of poverty in New Mexico.”
“This investment is in all of our economic interest,” said Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). “The return on investment both to our families and our communities is well documented. New Mexico needs a strong, educated workforce now and in the future to grow our economy and create and build businesses in our state. Investing in early education will ensure that all of our kids have the knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”
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 Early Childhood Education constitutional amendment passed the House Education Committee and will be heard next in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee.