Groginsky comes to New Mexico from Washington, D.C., where she has been assistant superintendent of early learning for the District of Columbia since 2014.
Finally, New Mexico has a Governor who has big ideas and is willing to invest in programs that we know work. PreK and other early childhood programs work, I have seen it firsthand throughout my 25 years as a social worker.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the leaders of the New Mexico House and Senate, formally calling on them to work together to improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children. Specifically, Udall and Heinrich urged legislators to bring up and pass a measure that would allow voters to amend the constitution and invest a portion of the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund in the most effective early childhood programs.
State Senator Michael Padilla and Representatives Javier Martínez and Antonio “Moe” Maestas will announce at a press conference their intent to sponsor legislation that will allow the voters to decide on using a portion of the state’s $15 billion Land Grant Permanent School Fund for early childhood care and learning. Invest in Kids NOW!, a coalition of more than 40 groups held a press conference yesterday at CHI St. Joseph’s Children in response to recent news that New Mexico is the second worst in the nation for joblessness which is strongly correlated with child well-being as 31% of New Mexico’s children live in poverty. The legislation will be introduced at the 2016 legislative session.