BBER Publications

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Technical Report

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Funding provided by the PNM Foundation and United Way of Central New Mexico


University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research


The UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research conducted a needs assessment for educational support services in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties. The objective was to identify areas where United Way of Central New Mexico investments would have the greatest impact on improving educational outcomes in its four county service area, with an emphasis on student readiness. BBERs methodology included a literature review of educational policy, focusing on best practices and effective programming; in-depth interviews with experts throughout the four county area; and collecting and analyzing quantitative data to better understand the local socioeconomic determinants of educational achievement. Best practices in educational support services are summarized. The author's recommendations: create more universal systems for early screening and needs assessment to reach those most at-risk; establish an organization to coordinate early childhood programs and initiatives; promote and support the professionalization and training of the child development service workforce; establish community service programs for middle and high school students; privately fund or incentivize effective case management services to engage and empower parents; establish community schools and family resource centers; collaborate with other funders, service providers, community based organizations, and schools to align services and braid funding. Illustrated with tables, charts, and maps.'


"Prepared for United Way of Central New Mexico."