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Pushback Continues on Plan to Cut NM Child-Care Subsidies

Only one-third of New Mexico's children have access to the Child Care Assistance program, but the state nonetheless is proposing to make even fewer low-income families eligible. (pramsnm.org)
Only one-third of New Mexico's children have access to the Child Care Assistance program, but the state nonetheless is proposing to make even fewer low-income families eligible. (pramsnm.org)
July 3, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico families who could lose state funding for child care are being asked to share their views with the state's Children, Youth and Families Department.

Under its proposal, eligibility for the Child Care Assistance program would be reduced from 200% of the federal poverty level to 160% percent. That prompted the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty to sue, arguing that the state's public regulatory process wasn't followed.

Attorney Maria Griego said revising the income limits could force many parents to give up employment and educational opportunities because they can't afford child care.

"New Mexico's 50th right now for childhood well-being," she said, "and we hope that CYFD will, and the state will, acknowledge that this program is one of the best programs for getting families out of poverty."

Last month, a state judge issued an order requiring the state agency to maintain current eligibility levels until lawful regulations are in place and public comments are taken. That hearing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the PERA building in Santa Fe. Comments also can also be emailed to
About 20,000 New Mexico children are enrolled in the Child Care Assistance program. The CYFD proposal would mean lower-income families pay at least 10% of their income for child care. Federal guidelines say child-care costs over 7% are not affordable for working families.

Roz Brown, Public News Service - NM