The state agency that oversees services for New Mexico's youngest children launched a new survey Monday to gather input from parents and other primary caregivers about their experiences with early childhood programs.

Officials with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department say the results will guide future policies and initiatives for kids 5 and younger, which include preschool services, child care and home visiting programs for babies and toddlers.

The agency has made a goal of assuring 70 percent of its services are "multi-lingual, multi-generational, culturally diverse" and serve children with developmental delays or disabilities. It also hopes to increase awareness of services among parents, according to a news release. 

The survey is confidential and takes an estimated 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Individual responses will not be shared, but results of the survey will posted on the University of New Mexico's Project ECHO webpage.

"We encourage all families with young children to participate in our family engagement and satisfaction survey so that ECECD can ensure that New Mexico’s early childhood system is tailored to meet their needs," Early Childhood Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky said in a statement.

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