Big investment in early childhood aims to provide foundation for NM kids.
Child & Family Welfare
Who’s the Threat?
Hundreds of special ed students ID’d as potential threats
Restraint, Seclusion, Deception
Parents, regulators left in the dark over school behavior management techniques
When schools abuse CYFD hotline, families suffer
Special-needs kids who don’t get help in school are winding up in jail.
Left Behind: Where does the funding go?
New Mexico public schools get most of their budget — around 70 percent — from the state, based on a complex formula that takes into account everything from poverty rates to the number of special needs students. But once districts get that money, they have wide leeway as to how they actually spend it. And […]
QUESTA – When the fire alarm sounded before lunch in November of 2017, the staff at Alta Vista Elementary School knew they had a problem. A 6-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair needed to evacuate with the rest of his class. Unfortunately, the school had never purchased a chair that would let him leave the […]
One generation removed: Raised by grandparents
Across New Mexico, grandparents have become an unofficial safety net, stepping up to raise the grandkids when their own children can’t. Cases of “kinship guardianship,” as it is known, are hardly unique to the state. But in New Mexico, where family ties run deep, grandparents are playing an unusually common role in caring for their grandkids.
Pay now and pay later
Expensive, buggy software has resulted in needy families being improperly denied benefits throughout New Mexico.
La Familia-Namaste to shut down following reports of safety lapses
With the closure of La Familia-Namaste, options for treatment foster care in New Mexico will be reduced further, leaving families scrambling to find vital services for their kids.