Welcome to the
New Children’s Cabinet!

As Governor of New Mexico and Chairwoman of the Children’s Cabinet, I would like to introduce you to the Children’s Cabinet website.

The purpose of the Children’s Cabinet is to study and make recommendations for the design of programs that will assist the children of New Mexico. Especially among disadvantaged children, there are many areas of need we must acknowledge. The Cabinet is comprised of thirteen individuals that will help us reach these goals: the governor, the lieutenant governor, and secretaries from various departments that have an effect on our children.

Throughout my career, I have served as an advocate for children in need, and I believe that finding ways to improve the health and well-being of our children and families is the key to a brighter future for our state. I am excited by the new, collaborative effort that we are forging between various agencies and departments to tackle a core set of needs that are facing New Mexico’s children.

The key issue areas that we have identified as central challenges that must be overcome to benefit our state’s young people are:

  • Reducing the state’s infant mortality rate
  • Confronting childhood obesity to give all New Mexico children a chance at a healthy life
  • Improving reading readiness so that our kids have a strong foundation for learning
  • Encouraging out-of-system adoption to provide caring families for kids in need
  • Curbing the high school dropout epidemic that is leaving far too many young people struggling to find work and succeed in our economy
  • Stopping the abuse of prescription drugs by teens
  • Educating our students well, so that we can reduce the use of remedial classes in college

The Children’s Cabinet will be focused on how we can work together to better identify the specific problems that have led to these challenges, as well as solutions and strategies that we can use to confront them. By making our goals, initiatives, and reports available online, we hope to make the Children’s Cabinet an easily accessible and readily available resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about these issues or joining us in the fight to make New Mexico a safer, healthier place for our children and families.

Thank you for visiting the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet website.