New Mexico

Our allies in New Mexico are relentless—and effective—in their advocacy for state legislation that keeps families healthy and strong.

State Allies:

Southwest Women's Law Center • Albuquerque, NM
Top Priorities for 2020

Appropriate $1 million to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to plan for paid family and medical leave implementation

Pregnant Workers Accommodation bill that provides pregnant workers the opportunity to continue to work to support their growing families without risking the health of a pregnancy or the loss of a job

Create a paid family and medical leave trust fund, a program for employees to contribute to, and an advisory committee under the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

In 2019, New Mexico advocates began a major effort on paid family leave — and their work is already paying off.

  • Revived a PFML Coalition that developed a report for the legislature in 2016.
  • Identified key legislators to champion PFML; developed reports and presentations to start engaging policymakers, business communities, and legislators. 
  • Worked with the coalition to propose a PFML program that would allow employees to take Family and Medical Leave from their jobs to bond with a child or to care for themselves or a family member when experiencing a serious health condition.
  • Worked with the Coalition to proposed a draft appropriation bill. 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape New Mexico early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

Latest News from New Mexico:

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New Mexico Opens New Early Childhood Education and Care Department

With the inauguration of the state’s new Early Childhood Education and Care Department, New Mexico has become the fourth state in the nation to have a cabinet level department dedicated to early childhood. The creation of the department reflects the Governor’s focus on improving the lives of New Mexico’s youngest children.

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