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The Southwest Women’s Law Center seeks to harness the power of law, research, and creative collaborations to create greater opportunities for women and girls in New Mexico to fulfill their personal and economic potential. SWLC has been working since 2016 to advance a Paid Family Medical Leave bill to support children and their families in New Mexico.

State Allies:

Southwest Women's Law Center • Albuquerque, NM
Top Priorities for 2021

Establish a Paid Family and Medical Leave program within the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Appropriate $250,000 to $1M to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to plan for paid family and medical leave implementation.

Expand Unemployment Insurance eligibility temporarily to strengthen the safety net for state workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Build grassroots, business, and legislator support for state policies that promote economic stability for New Mexico’s families.

Revise economic analysis to reflect changing economic conditions and their impacts on the proposed Paid Family and Medical Leave Trust Fund.

New Mexico’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

House (D), Senate (D),
Governor (D)

110,316 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Early childhood is a priority for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and the legislature supports early childhood investments. Prepandemic, the state had a budget surplus, allowing for $320 million Early Childhood Trust Fund. During the June 2020 Special Session, this appropriation was reduced to $300 million, but the commitment to early childhood remains.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

More from New Mexico:

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 


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

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice