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Kids, Parents To March For Early Childhood Education

Feb 12, 2015

 

A huge amount of childhood brain development takes place during the preschool years.
Credit Donker Dink via Flickr

A ton of little kids and their parents will take to the steps of the Roundhouse on Friday. The 1000 Kid March is calling for lawmakers to fully fund early childhood education.

It would cost nearly $400 million a year to pay for things like childcare and preschool for all eligible low-income families in New Mexico. The state spends just a fraction of that now.

Adrián Pedroza, with the Partnership For Community Action, says they want the full amount. 

“We still only have a little over half of our children enrolled in pre-school,” Pedroza explained. “We know that [Children Youth and Families Department] has cut Child Care Assistance by a million dollars. So there’s just a big need and our message is that we have to be able to meet the needs of children today!”

If the measure passes voters will see a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars for early childhood education every year.