Home visitation puzzle in New Mexico

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In the past couple of years, New Mexico child welfare officials have diverted millions of unspent dollars from home visiting, a program that studies show helps promote healthy children and families, to boost funds for child care assistance.

Records show that since 2016, the state Children, Youth and Families Department has moved nearly $12 million earmarked for home visiting to child care assistance, saying the reallocation of the unused funds was necessary to meet the rising costs of child care. Among all the early childhood programs, child care assistance is the state flagship, helping tens of thousands of working New Mexico families care for their children.

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