To make all kids count, we must count all kids

This essay discusses how New Mexico already ranks 50th in the nation for well-being, and how a Census undercount could make that even worse. Ms. Boissiere points out that New Mexico is the only state in the country where more than half the children live in hard to count census tracts. She calls for state and local governments and community organizations ; invest in educational outreach to ensure the most vulnerable, including the youngest children, are counted;for leaders to enlist trusted messengers and institutions, from child care providers to members of the clergy, to encourage the people they serve to participate in the census, and for stakeholders in New Mexico to urge their representatives in Washington to support full funding of the census and act to ensure the protection of respondents’ data.