University of New Mexico

Report: Many New Mexico families don't access child care aid

Only about a third of families eligible for child care assistance take advantage of the program in New Mexico — one of the nation's poorest states, a new report released Wednesday found.

More families could be signing up for the program but the state is doing better than others, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson said about the report looking into child care.

The report by the University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research says New Mexico ranked 10th nationally on eligible families signing up for child care assistance. It also says New Mexico is first in the nation in eligible Hispanic families taking advantage of...