SANTA FE – Prekindergarten programs deliver more benefits and a greater return on taxpayers’ investment than state subsidized child care, according to a legislative report.
Yet New Mexico is spending far more on child care than prekindergarten, the Legislative Finance Committee found.
Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, a Santa Fe Democrat and committee chairman, said the report will help lawmakers establish spending priorities for early-childhood programs.
The committee plans to follow up on the report during the coming months and will try to work with agencies in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to make any needed changes in programs.