One in four kids in New Mexico live in poverty. Early childhood education has proven to lift kids out of poverty and prepare them for success in school and in life. Therefore, we need long-term sustainable solutions, like the proposed Early Childhood Education and Care Trust Fund. The proposed fund makes financial sense, as well. The return on investment for high-quality birth to five early childhood programs is estimated to be up to 13 percent per child, per year.
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Early Childhood Education programs have proven to lift kids out of poverty and prepare them for success in school and in life.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration is pushing House Bill 83, which would create a trust fund for early education. Advocates for the bill, like Save the Children Action Network, or SCAN, say it would give the state a brighter future.
Save the Children Action Network State Manager, Lacey Daniell-Miller, spoke with The Richard Eeds Show about early childhood education programs and child care in New Mexico.
New Mexico Mobilization Manager
Lacey Daniell-Miller has more than a decade of experience dedicated to children and families, people with disabilities and public health. She most recently comes from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), where she spent six years building a highly trained, motivated grassroots volunteer network of cancer survivors, caregivers and providers in New Mexico. She also has a background in journalism, with experience at National Public Radio member stations, Bloomberg Television in Washington, DC and the Childhood Matters radio show in Oakland, CA.
A native New Mexican, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New Mexico State University and Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and rescue dog Koko, and is a proud auntie to two young nieces.