With emergency funding drying up, child care is once again on the precipice
New Mexico’s success did not happen overnight. Advocates had been pushing for systemic change to child care funding in the state for more than a decade. Political willpower, in addition to the pandemic’s spotlight on child care, made the timing ripe for the historic change, said Tiffany Ferrette, senior policy analyst for child care and early education with the Center for Law and Social Policy.
“Childcare is something that a lot of folks have cared about for a long time, on both sides of the aisle. It’s always been a bipartisan issue,” Ferrette said. “It does vary state to state, but that political piece really is something to think about.”
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