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Report: New Mexico Ranks 49th In Child Well-Being

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SANTA FE, N.M  — An annual report ranks New Mexico 49th in child wellbeing, and that's an improvement. The Kids Count report tracks metrics of children's education, home life, and health. New Mexico continues to ranks high in child poverty and low in education outcomes.

One bright spot is an increase in job stability among parents. But that's based on data gathered before the pandemic. Child advocates say state policies supporting families and healthcare may blunt the impacts of the pandemic.

The report ranks New Mexico 37th in child health, in part because kids have average access to insurance and only slightly higher than average obesity.