An alarming study published by New Mexico Voices for Children recently revealed that New Mexico has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation. Of children residing within Santa Fe County, nearly 34% live below the poverty line, 57% do not attend preschool programs, 75% wont be proficient in reading by the time they reach the 4th grade, and 15% will be reported as victims of child abuse.
This data poses a real challenge to the children of our community and we find our work more relevant than ever. At the Santa Fe Children’s Museum we believe it takes a village to raise a child and are launching a range of community-focused projects this year to help address the lack of support for at-risk youth.
We’ve recently created a project benefiting a particularly vulnerable group in our community; the 80-100 children taken into short and long-term custody by the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) in Santa Fe County each year. This program ensures free access to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and all of its supplemental programing for these at-risk children and their caregivers, where they can engage in normal child behaviors in a supportive setting focused on creativity and play.
For more information about this project, please contact us at (505) 989-8359 ext. 103
For more ways to support the work of CYFD, please visit https://pulltogether.org/