Albuquerque Moms Blog Guide to Preschools, Parents’ Day Out, and Childcare

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Choosing childcare for your preschool-aged children can be daunting. We are hoping this guide will help you find the best place for you and your family, a place  where you comfortable and where you know your little one will be cared for.  

Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers

southwest child care early learning centers

At Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers, we have highly-trained, nurturing teachers, beautifully equipped classrooms, and an environment that fosters an overall love of learning through meaningful relationships and positive experiences. NM Pre-K funding has allowed us to set up beautiful classroom environments with many state-of-the-art children’s learning tools. Our classrooms are filled with math, science, reading, writing, art, and imaginative play materials. We would be honored to serve your child in this engaging program. Additionally, the Pre-K initiative provides certain health and developmental screenings at no cost. These screenings, which include vision, hearing, speech, and dental, help ensure your child is set up for a successful start to kindergarten next year.

Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers is an official New Mexico Pre-K site and an excellent choice for your child’s Pre-Kindergarten experience. We have three locations in Albuquerque that provide stimulating, interactive environments for your children.

NM Pre-K is a FREE program. At Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers, we charge a small registration fee when you enroll. There are no additional charges.

Pando Little School

Pando Little School is more than just a preschool. We are a community of individuals dedicated to excellence in early childhood education. Our primary work is with the children and families enrolled in our full-time preschool program where we tinker, play, explore, and love. In addition to our work in the classroom, we collaborate with educators, organizations, elementary schools, and individuals across the state who care deeply about improving early childhood education in New Mexico.

Pando’s philosophy is simple: Children are valued community members, capable of constructing their own understanding of the world.

Our classroom is a collaborative, interdisciplinary space that empowers children to engage their imagination, draw meaning from their own experiences, and participate in their community. Our school’s child-led curriculum generates opportunities for children to tinker, express themselves, and research their interests in a project-based environment.

St. Mark's in the Valley Day School

St. Marks in the Valley Day School

St. Mark’s in the Valley Day School was founded 1975 43 years ago with a vision to provide the highest quality early childhood education and care to children 2-5 years of age. We are a non-sectarian, 501(C), 5-star state licensed, nationally accredited (NAEYC) preschool. St. Mark’s has a commitment to filling the gaps in early childhood education for children with disabilities. In 2017 St, Mark’s served over 20% children with disabilities, that range from Autism, Speech, Behavioral issues.

Our private preschool in Albuquerque has a mission to support economic diversity. Our founders envisioned a school where economic segregation in early childhood education would be eliminated. Our school receives funding from the CYFD Child Care fund & YDI Early Head Start for families at 100% poverty or below, with 50% of our families paying full tuition.

The innovative curriculum encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process. Language, art, science and music are woven into a network of learning activities. The program is designed to enhance all aspects of a young child’s development including social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical in an environment that feels like home.

Cross of Hope Preschool

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“Train up children in the way that they should go; and when they grow older, they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Cross of Hope Preschool, growing in excellence since 1986, teaches children the truths of God in a loving environment through a quality educational program that respects each child’s development. We are a faith-based, nationally accredited (ACSI), 5-star rated preschool for three- and four-year-old children. Our stimulating curriculum helps children develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. We offer licensed educators, low teacher to student ratios, weekly chapel, music, art, Spanish and Sign Language at an affordable tuition. Registration for the 2018-2019 school is on Saturday, February 17 from 8:00-10:00 am. Please contact us at 505-899-0928 or [email protected]

1st Class Learning Center

1st class learning center

1st Class Learning Center is a childcare center licensed by the State of New Mexico.

We offer:

• Reasonable childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
• CYFD subsidized care is also available and we do not charge sales tax.
• Discounts are also available.
• We have an age appropriate curriculum.
• We serve nutritional meals mandated by CACFP.
• All staff are CPR/First Aid certified and have their background clearance.
• Staff also takes child care training mandated by the CYFD.

Please feel free to come in and visit our newly renovated center at 5111 Homestead Circle NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 in Taylor Ranch, located across the street from LBJ Middle School.

Phone Number: (505) 898-5702. Fax Number: (505) 916-5081 E-Mail: [email protected]

Cottonwood Montessori School

At Cottonwood School, how children learn is as important as what children learn. We partner with parents who believe that the early years are the most important in the whole of a lifetime. Together we cultivate each child’s talent and character by nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Our quality programs unleash the potential of every child and develop a foundation for academic achievement and lifelong success. Our faculty is comprised of dedicated Early Childhood and Elementary teachers whose common goal is to encourage the development of each child through individualized learning opportunities. Our dynamic hands-on Montessori curriculum also includes weekly enrichment programs in Art, Drama, Music, P.E., and Environmental Education. Our unique children’s garden, greenhouse, chicken coop and apple orchard are mini-land labs which take science out of the textbook and puts it into the hands of our students. 

Manzano Day School

Manzano Day School, founded in 1938, is an independent, nonsectarian elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world. In addition to the core curriculum of reading, math, science, and social studies, the six co-curricular subjects of art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology are part of every student’s schedule. The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and is the only Albuquerque elementary school accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Bus service is available from the Northeast Heights and Westside to our historic 6-acre campus. Financial Aid is available and there is an extended day program.

Covenant Schools Del Norte

Covenant Schools was voted Best of the City in 2017, offering complete development care for children ages six weeks to school age.  Covenant School dedicates itself to providing our students with a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn and explore. Striving to complement the foundation at home and with family, Covenant is a pillar of education in Albuquerque, where your child can flourish. Covenant Schools has been voted the Top Work Place for three years, providing notably loving, nurturing, and well experienced staff. The longevity of teachers creates a foundation of education for your child that will well prepare them for the next level. 

AFBC Parent's Day Out

Helping Albuquerque families provide a fun and affordable introduction to learning for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. At Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church Parent’s Day Out we provide the preschool experience with a Christian perspective and minimal tuition costs. We have open enrollment throughout the school year. Call or email to schedule a tour!

Albuquerque Preschool Co-Op

Albuquerque Preschool Cooperative believes that children grow and learn best in an unhurried, non-stressful environment where peers, teachers, and family all play an important role. Our child-centered philosophy believes each child is a unique individual. Our school follows the Creative Curriculum which is play-based. We plan and implement a wide variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences to enhance your child’s physical, motor, language, literacy, social, emotional and creative development. We have a weekly Spanish curriculum and we work to maintain an environmentally aware program. We emphasize play and diversity. Schedule a tour today! (505) 344-0389  [email protected]

Our Montessori

Our Montessori school is a not-for-profit organization that provides an authentic Montessori education for children ages 2 through Kindergarten. We are a NM CYFD 5-Star Accredited Program!  We believe that during these early years each child’s gifts and abilities should be encouraged and supported to reach his/her maximum potential. Children will be introduced to individual as well as group lesson to encourage their learning through peer relationships and play.  In addition to the Montessori curriculum, we provide lessons in art, Spanish, yoga, gardening, science, cooking, music, and sign language, creating a fulfilling experience for each child.

Paradise Hills Community School

Paradise Hills Community Preschool is an independent preschool that has not only the feeling of home, but an environment of creativity and exploration.  The preschool was first established in 1968, as a kindergarten and then was molded into a preschool.  Students are taught on a thematic basis; integrating letters, sound, numbers, pattering, social and emotional development, movement and literacy all in a very special and creative package. Parent conferences, performances, and annual art show are presented every year.  Parents are encouraged to participate as parent helpers, as well as  board members. 

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool is a traditional, Christian preschool, which serves young children as they grow and develop. We provide an environment in which children are guided with love and compassion and are offered numerous learning opportunities through functional play. We embrace and respect every child for his or her unique qualities and promote the individual growth and success of each child. Sandia Presbyterian Preschool…Home of the Busy Bees!  For more information please contact Christy Lutz at 505-856-5040 ext 126 or [email protected].

YMCA of Central New Mexico

Our curriculum is based on the belief that children develop physically, mentally and emotionally by actively participating through play. As the nation’s largest provider of child care programs, YMCA’s provide family-centered, values-based programs to nurture children’s healthy development. Well-trained staff provides safe, affordable, high-quality care so you can have peace of mind while you work. Like all Y programs, child care is open to all, with financial aid available including state assistance through the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD). At YMCA of Central New Mexico, we are dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable early learning and child care that nurtures children’s healthy social, physical, and mental development.

Additional Preschools, Parents' Day Out, & Childcare Options

A Child’s Garden
ABC Preschool and Childcare
ABQ Children’s Academy
Academy Montessori Preschool
Albuquerque Christian School
Albuquerque Nursery School
Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church PDO
All Angels Episcopal Day School

All Saints Lutheran Church Preschool
All Seasons Day School
All Star Childrens Center
Altamonte Child Development Center
Alvarado Day School
Asbury United Methodist Church -PDO
Baby Farm
Bluebird Daycare and Learning Center
Bright Minds Infant and Children’s Academy

Busy Bees Childcare
Calico Butterfly Preschool
Calvary Preschool
Caterpillar Clubhouse Daycare

Children of Faith Preschool
Children’s Choice Preschool
Christ Lutheran
Christina Kent Early Childhood Center
City of Albuquerque Child Development
Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center
Congregation B’Nai Israel Pre-school
Congregational Preschool
Coronado Children’s Center
Covenant Corner

Discovery One Child Care
East Gate Kids
Eastern Child Development Center
Eastern Hills Christian Academy
Elevation Children’s Center
Escuel del Sol Montessori
Evangel Christian Academy
Grace Church PDO
Heights Christian Preschool & Day Care
Hope Christian Preschool
Immanuel Lutheran Preschool
Jeanie’s Child Development Center
Jefferson Discovery Center
Kiddie Academy
Kids Academy
Kids Country Club
Kids Express (Hoffmntown)
Kids Planet Child Development Center
Kids Under Construction
La Esperanza Child Development Center
La Esquelita Learning Center
La Luz Early Childhood Center
La Petite Academy
La Puerta De Los Ninos
Las Placitas Presbyterian Church-Mothers’ Day Out

Lambs of Grace Preschool
Learning Tree Academy
Legacy Academy Preschool
Lil Squirrels Preschool
Little Flower Learning Center
Los Ninos Montessori
Magic Moments Child Care Center
Mesa View United Methodist Church Preschool
Miss Kelly’s Academy
Monte Vista Day Nursery School
Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter School
Montessori One Academy
Mountain View Montessori

Noah’s Ark Children’s Center
Oak Grove Classical

Paradise Hills Methodist Church Preschool

Peppermint Stick Preschool
Play to Learn Preschool
Sandia Baptist Church (Koala-TY Kids Mothers’ Day Out)
Sandia Montessori School
Sandia Presbyterian Preschool
Serendipity Day School
Shepherd of the Valley Preschool
Smarty Pants Preschool
Springstone Montessori
St John’s Preschool Plus
St Paul’s Precious Possibilities
St. Luke’s Preschool
St. Therese Catholic School
Stepping Stones Daycare and Learning Center

Steps Ahead Learning Center
Sunset Mesa Preschool
Teddy Bear Preschool
The Montessori Elementary Casita Preschool
UNM Children’s Campus
Wesley Kids Child Care
Western Heights Learning Center

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