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Native American perspectives regarding a needs assessment for the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department


Consistent with our overall goal to enhance the impact of our work with collaborating with other experts in the field, the UNM Native American Budget and Policy Institute (NABPI) worked alongside the NM Early Childhood Development Partnership of the United Way of Santa Fe County (NMECDP) to collect the data referenced in this report. This very effective partnership allowed our collective research team to collect qualitative interview data from a wide variety of participants across the diverse Tribal communities in New Mexico, as well as field two public opinion surveys: a New Mexico Family Survey and an Early Childhood Workforce Survey. Some of the overall findings from our report include: the need to address improvement of existing early childhood infrastructure and build new classrooms, centers, and schools to accommodate an increase in programming across Tribal communities and rural communities more broadly; strong support for the integration of education and health systems across the state’s infrastructure, which many noted is consistent with the ways in which Tribal communities view well-being for their youth and families; desire to see greater trust in Tribal communities to implement programming and curriculum without state or federal interference; and concerns about the potential for language and cultural loss with expansion of early childhood programs across the state. (author abstract)

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