While Governor Lujan Grisham Makes New Mexico a National Leader on Childcare, New Mexico GOP Avoids the Issue
The New Mexico GOP claims that they care about education—but when they continue to underfund our schools, vote against teacher raises, and ignore early childhood education, it’s clear that they don’t. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham cares about making high quality pre-k and childcare affordable for and accessible to all New Mexican families, and she’s done the work to make that a reality. Under the Lujan Grisham administration, New Mexico now provides the greatest access to child care assistance of any state in the country and in less than three years, 80% of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a pre-k program that works for their families.
Early childhood education is essential for giving children a head start on their schooling—but childcare is also critical for parents to be able to actively participate in the workforce. A study published only a couple of months ago found that more parents in New Mexico have had to quit their jobs because of child care issues than any other state. The New Mexico GOP is abandoning these parents by refusing to prioritize child care and early childhood education.
NONE of the seven Republican candidates for governor have a plan to provide affordable child care to New Mexicans. Mark Ronchetti, Rebecca Dow, Jay Block, and Greg Zanetti are all arguing that they should be the next executive leaders of the land of enchantment—but they have no answer for the 21.5% of New Mexican parents who left their jobs because of child care needs. The New Mexico GOP should pipe down about education until they are ready to support the plans and policy ideas that will actually help our parents, teachers, students, and schools.