Sánchez’s persistence helps turn a pipe dream into early education milestone

By Phill Casaus  Nov 12, 2022 All great insurgencies have their moments of doubt, uncertainty, defeat. Undeterred, they continue and endure — wiping away dust and blood and disappointment and derision. And just when they seem extinguished, stamped out like a Marlboro beneath a boot heel, they come back for more. Think Continental Army at Valley Forge. Think Rocky Balboa …

New Mexico archbishop praises passage of early education fund

By John Lavenburg Nov 11, 2022 National Correspondent NEW YORK – For Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe the passage of a state constitutional amendment to create a permanent fund for early childhood education was a long time coming. It’s something New Mexico’s bishops have endorsed for more than a decade. “Today, New Mexico sees a brighter future because of …

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Program for new parents yields ‘promising’ results

By Dan McKay / Journal Staff Writer Aug 23, 2022 SANTA FE – A home visiting program that educates new parents about how to promote their baby’s healthy development has shown promising early results, according to researchers at the University of New Mexico. In a randomized study, year-old children whose parents participate in a program offered by CHI St. Joseph’s …

New Mexico is the First State to Guarantee a Right to Early Childhood Education. Universal Child Care Could Come Next

Bryce Covert Public Policy Nov 9, 2022 Yesterday, New Mexico voters made history: they overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that makes theirs the first state to guarantee a right to early childhood education while directing substantial, steady funding to child care and early education. Seventy percent of voters approved Amendment 1, which will devote a portion of money in the state’s …

Early childhood funding amendment passes by wide margin

By Nathan Lederman Nov 8, 2022 Allen Sánchez waited about a decade for New Mexico to put increased funding for early childhood education on the ballot. All those years of waiting appeared to have paid off Tuesday. Constitutional Amendment 1 was headed to passage — it had about 70 percent support through much of the evening — and now makes …

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Albuquerque Journal: Advocates of early childhood proposal vow to keep trying

Albuquerque Journal, 15 Feb 2018 BY DAN MCKAY JOURNAL CAPITOL BUREAU SANTA FE — Years of disappointment haven’t dimmed his optimism. Allen Sánchez — president of the nonprofit group CHI St. Joseph’s Children and executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops — isn’t giving up on the proposed constitutional amendment for early childhood programs, even as it’s …

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NM in Depth: Nearly 20% of NM kids have multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences

“Allen Sanchez, CEO for CHI St. Joseph’s Children, which provides free home visiting services in New Mexico, testified last week in front of the Senate Education Committee in support of a resolution that would take an extra 1 percent distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education programs, including home visiting. ‘If a child is in the …

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KOB: Demonstrators push lawmakers on education funding

“SANTA FE, N.M. — A march in front of the Roundhouse Thursday sought to push lawmakers to take action that could lead to a change in education. The One Thousand Kid March was put together by Invest in Kids Now and CHI St. Joseph’s Children. They want the Legislature to pass a bill that would put a constitutional amendment on …