Preliminary Maps of Selected Early Childhood Indicators at the County and School District Level
This collection includes some of the first mapping work of a collaborative project between multiple analysts and data sources, supported by the New Mexico Early Learning Advisory Council.
We hope to provide needed support to New Mexico's energetic early childhood movement, and assist them to better understand the influence of place (where our children live and grow) on the health and development of our most important resource.
Though most of the maps are at the county or school district level, the eventual goal is to map these and many other indicators at the neighborhood or census tract level. See the "Child Care" section for a taste of mapping at this finer level. Updated versions of these maps will be available soon.
The challenges of sharing data sets, building analytic capacity, improving data quality, and using web technology must be addressed in order to achieve the finer focus of neighborhood level assessment.
An ad hoc group - the NM Community Data Collaborative - has been meeting to address these challenges. The key participants responsible for this map collection include the Early Childhood Services of the NM Children, Youth and Families Department; the Center for Education Policy Research at the University of New Mexico; and the Office of Community Assessment, Planning and Evaluation of Region 3, Public Health Division, NM Department of Health
This practical approach to comprehensive assessment at the neighborhood level holds great promise for engaging program experts, practitioners and policy advocates from New Mexico's tribes and communities in the ongoing tasks of setting priorities, planning better programs, using funds more efficiently, and creating wiser policies.