House Democrats Champion Initiative to Lift Generations of Children out of Poverty

Santa Fe – Today, the Joint Resolution to invest in New Mexico’s children advanced in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. HJR 1, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), is a constitutional amendment that seeks to raise up New Mexico children by investing 1% from the Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) into quality early childhood education programs.

“If we are going to invest in our future, we must invest in our kids now. New Mexico’s children are our greatest resource, and it’s time we leverage our resources to lift them up and improve childhood wellbeing. Our children and public schools can’t be shortchanged any longer,” said Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “The Governor called for an education moonshot, and HJR 1 is the rocket that will get us there.”

“The early childhood education amendment is a smart and strategic investment in our human capital. If we are going to have a brighter future, we have to invest in our kids now. The benefits far outweigh the costs, and the return on investment for early childhood education is well documented. Investing in our kids will transform New Mexico, leading us into a new economic future,” said Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque).

Home visiting and other early childhood education services improve child wellbeing, readiness to learn, and other social outcomes. Children who have access to early childhood education services are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and have higher income earning potential.

The Early Childhood Education constitutional amendment now heads to the House Chamber for consideration.