' Blog - People For The Kids

Why I am fighting to win Pre-K for Santa Fe.

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My name is Leah Chavez my husband and I were both born and raised in Santa Fe and are proud to be raising our 5-year-old daughter in our hometown. I am however very concerned about the quality of education available in our community.

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Analysis of Potential CYFD Cuts

CYFD Needs $34 million in New Funding to Avoid Child Care Cuts

As CYFD Implements Federally-Required 12-Month Contracts,

Spending per Child will Grow Appropriately

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P4K President Carmella Salinas featured in the New York Times.

NYT: Child Care Expansion Takes a Toll on Poorly Paid Workers


JULY 12, 2016
Carmella Salinas has worked steadily for 14 years as an early-childhood-education teacher, taking care of 4- and 5-year-olds at the nonprofit Family Learning Center in the hardscrabble community of Española, just north of Santa Fe, N.M. Even so,

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Early childhood educators paid less than dog walkers

This Op-Ed was published in the NMPolitics.net on May 23rd, 2016

My name is Tina Sanchez. I am an early childhood educator in Las Cruces. Every day I work with young children in our state, and at the end of every day I earn less than a dog walker. 

That’s right, the average wage for early educators in the state of New Mexico is $9.98 per hour. The average wage for a person who walks dogs for a living is $12.03 per hour.

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Families over Advertisements

Investing in Actual Families Instead of Advertising To Them Would Be Money Well Spent

by Reina Acosta, Kris Buchman and Diana Maze

On Monday, May 2nd, Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson introduced PullTogether, an advertising campaign intended to inform the public about CYFD’s services. The initiative, which will be advertised through posters, pamphlets, television and radio ads and a website, will cost CYFD $2.7 million, money which will be funneled away from childcare assistance, labeled as “unspent funds.”

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A Way Forward

Carmella4.jpgMy name is Carmella Salinas. I am an early educator, a Pre-K teacher from the Family Learning center in Espanola, NM. I am one of the thousands of New Mexico Early Educators who is paid FAR too little for the difficult and important work of providing an early education for New Mexico's children. What has kept me in this field is the kids. But passion doesn’t pay the bills.


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