According to a new report from the Legislative Finance Committee “State child care assistance is not impacting education outcomes for kids.” The amount of money spent in New Mexico on early childhood care and “education” has exploded in recent years (starting under the Martinez Administration). See chart below from the LFC.
We are constantly told by the left that virtually any form of early childhood spending is a “surefire winner” for improving educational outcomes. Well, that has not happened according to the LFC. Increased academic performance is not the ONLY justification for early childhood spending, but the representation of such programs as a “cure all” for our education woes also seems to be dramatically oversold. Full report is linked above as well as a useful article from the Santa Fe New Mexican.