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Education department wants feedback from families on child care

Child care continues to be a huge concern in our state as we take on this pandemic, and now the New Mexico Public Education Department wants to hear from the community. NMPED along with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department put out a survey to parents on Thursday asking them about their child care needs, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Education leaders said hearing from parents is going to give them a better idea of how many people actually need help with child care this upcoming school year and they want to make sure they have resources for families– before in-person learning starts. “Where children are during the day is a very important thing,” said Elizabeth Groginsky, the cabinet secretary with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department. “We know that many families will still need access to people to help support their child’s online learning, and also provide care for their children during the time that they’re working.”The survey asks questions like: are you able to support your child’s online learning? Do you need help with child care? What are your concerns? And even whether you have a neighbor to help you out?”We want to make sure families know what resources are available both through their public school system as well as through our child care programs across the state,” Groginsky said. NMPED officials will then work with superintendents and charter school leaders to get families the support they need. “All together New Mexico, we’re going to get through this pandemic and make sure our kids are safe, and healthy and educated,” said Groginsky.Families have until Aug. 10 to fill out the survey.Link to survey: https://tripod.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bC9yaofQOoT6cJv

Child care continues to be a huge concern in our state as we take on this pandemic, and now the New Mexico Public Education Department wants to hear from the community.

NMPED along with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department put out a survey to parents on Thursday asking them about their child care needs, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Education leaders said hearing from parents is going to give them a better idea of how many people actually need help with child care this upcoming school year and they want to make sure they have resources for families– before in-person learning starts.

“Where children are during the day is a very important thing,” said Elizabeth Groginsky, the cabinet secretary with the Early Childhood Education and Care Department. “We know that many families will still need access to people to help support their child’s online learning, and also provide care for their children during the time that they’re working.”

The survey asks questions like: are you able to support your child’s online learning? Do you need help with child care? What are your concerns? And even whether you have a neighbor to help you out?

“We want to make sure families know what resources are available both through their public school system as well as through our child care programs across the state,” Groginsky said.

NMPED officials will then work with superintendents and charter school leaders to get families the support they need.

“All together New Mexico, we’re going to get through this pandemic and make sure our kids are safe, and healthy and educated,” said Groginsky.

Families have until Aug. 10 to fill out the survey.

Link to survey: https://tripod.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bC9yaofQOoT6cJv

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