Albuquerque Moms Blog Guide to Preschools and Childcare

Guide to Preschools and Childcare Albuquerque

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 precious little ones. Our hope is that this guide will serve as a one-stop shop as you search for that place where you feel comfortable and where you know your little one will be cared for. 

Sunset Mesa School

sunset mesa albuquerque

3020 Morris St NE, Albuquerque, NM

Sunset Mesa School, a nonsectarian private school, provides instruction and learning opportunities for preschool, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary children through grade 5. 

Sunset Mesa Preschool fosters early literacy, pre-writing, and fluidity in number sense through intentional activities and play designed to instill a love learning. Classrooms are staffed with highly qualified and experienced teachers proficient in early childhood development and education. Children enjoy a learning environment that is safe and designed to foster learning and social development. 

Twice a week preschool children enjoy our outdoor classroom, The Garden of Tomorrow, where they explore, plant, water, and care for flowers, fruits and vegetables. Preschool children also explore rhythm and beats twice a week in music. 

By jumping, throwing, scooting, crawling through silk tunnels in relays or in groups, our preschool children develop and refine coordination and gross motor skills through our Get Fit program twice a week. 

Sunset Mesa Preschool offers parents a choice of Early Childhood and Montessori approaches to learning and we offer a variety of schedules including 2 full days, 3 full days, 5 half days, and 5 full days and a combination of 3 full days and 2 half days. 

Give your child a soaring start at Sunset Mesa Preschool!

Montessori ONE Academy

9360 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM

Join the Open House on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10am – 12pm to see why Montessori ONE has been voted Albuquerque’s Best Preschool by both Albuquerque the Magazine and the Albuquerque Journal. Learn about the Montessori Method—an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, and cognitive while exploring education from a global and subject-integrated perspective. Inquire about the school’s services and amenities that include before and after care, optional year-round education, and extracurricular activities such as art, music, dance, and physical education. Tour the beautiful facility and view plans for the current campus expansion which include an outdoor classroom, edible organic gardens, and an exceptional playground with award-winning equipment. Discover how Albuquerque’s only AMI-recognized Montessori program is leading the way in infant care, preschool learning, and elementary education.

Manzano Day School

Manzano Day 2019 preschool guide

1801 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM

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.

Cross of Hope Preschool

Cross of Hope Preschool Albuquerque

6104 Taylor Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM

Cross of Hope Preschool has been growing in excellence since 1986. This year we have been voted BEST OF THE CITY in Albuquerque the Magazine and our director, Mary Sue Hale, has been selected as the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association’s Early Childhood Director of the Year. We are accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International and have received a five-star rating – the highest possible through the Children, Youth and Families Department of the State of New Mexico. Cross of Hope Preschool teaches children the truths
of God in a loving environment through a quality educational program that respects each child’s development. Our stimulating curriculum for children ages 3 through 5 helps them develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. We offer low teacher-to-student ratios, licensed educators, chapel, music, art, Spanish, and Sign Language at an affordable rate. Please contact us at 505-899-0928 or [email protected]

Albuquerque Preschool Co-Op


606 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 

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 School

Our Montessori School Albuquerque

1111 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM

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.

Early Childhood Center at Congregation Albert

Early Childhood Center at Congregation Albert
3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 

Welcome to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our 5 Star FOCUS school strives to make your child’s first school experience a happy and secure one. We offer a positive foundation for all future learning, creating that joyful, lifelong learner, where our students learn that education is both fun and important. We believe in sustaining a culture of inquiry, with licensed early childhood educators who partner with families and children, and where together we listen, wonder and reflect. We are committed to providing an emergent and inspiring learning environment for a diverse population of young children, with classes for two through five year olds and an accredited kindergarten, where we gently integrate Jewish culture, values and holidays. Extended care is available. We are play-based and child-centered, supporting the uniqueness of our students and families. Joyfully, we welcome all families and all faiths. Call and inquire about full or part time choices. Limited scholarships may be available. Come learn, play and grow with us!

Cottonwood Montessori School

Cottonwood Montessori School

3896 Corrales Rd, Corrales, NM

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 teachers whose common goal is to encourage the development of each child through individualized learning opportunities. Our dynamic hands-on Montessori curriculum 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. Our classrooms are warm, open, environments conducive to exploration and collaboration as well as independent study.  The preschool program serves children 18 months to six years old with a variety of schedules.

City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers

City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers

25 locations across ABQ

The City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers work to provide a safe learning environment that is child-centered and appropriate for the various developmental levels of the children attending (ages 6 week to 5 years of age). Early years are critical in children’s development and the quality of care they receive early in their lives will have long lasting importance. Our Centers offer a unique combination of quality care, early childhood education and parent involvement. With 25 locations located in a variety of community settings, the City of Albuquerque offers accredited center based options, services for pregnant moms, and robust home based programs. Thirteen centers are located on APS elementary school campuses and run by the City of Albuquerque Child Development. For additional information or to enroll contact our enrollment specialists or visit our website.

Early Head Start – Monica Watrin 505-256-2005

PreK and Preschool – Lisa Lopez 505-764-3920

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool

10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM

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 c[email protected].

St. Mark's in the Valley Day School

St Marks in the Valley Day School Albuquerque

2913 Commercial St NE, Albuquerque, NM 

St. Mark’s in the Valley Day School was founded 43 years ago with a vision to provide the highest quality early childhood education. St. Mark’s has a commitment to filling the gaps in early childhood education for children with disabilities, serving over 20% children with disabilities. 

Our private preschool in Albuquerque has a mission to support economic diversity. We receive funding from the CYFD Child Care fund & YDI Early Head Start.
The innovative curriculum 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.

Paradise Hills Community Preschool

Paradise Hills Community Preschool

5976 Avenida La Barranca Ct NW, Albuquerque, NM

Founded in 1966, Paradise Hills Community Preschool is an independent preschool that strives to create an environment rich in creativity and exploration along with the unique feeling of home. Students are taught on a thematic basis, immersing students in content rich with vocabulary, information, and experiences; integrating art, letters, sounds, numbers, patterning, literacy, movement, and social and emotional development- all in a very special package. Parent conferences, student performances, and an art show are presented each school year. Parents are encouraged to participate as parent helpers, as well as board members. For more information call 505-898-3122

SpringStone Montessori

7940 Carmel Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM
1615 Randolph Court SE, Albuquerque, NM
4598 Paradise Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM
2441 Grande Boulevard NW, Rio Rancho, NM

SpringStone Montessori Preschools are private nationally-accredited schools that serve the Albuquerque community. For more than 20 years, SpringStone has been providing children from 12 months through 5 years an outstanding alternative to more traditional schools.

• Year-round, full and part-time programs
• Daily hot meals that are prepared by in-house chefs included in tuition
• Classroom are taught by Montessori-certified teachers
• 17 different cultures are represented in our school communities
• Enrichment activities offered in the areas of art, music, Spanish, piano, dance and soccer

Carmel 505-821-8190   [email protected]
Randolph 505-242-1234 [email protected]
Paradise 505-897-8111 [email protected]
Grande 505-994-8111  [email protected]

1st Class Learning Center

1st Class Learning Center

5111 Homestead Circle NW, Albuquerque, NM

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

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

Salam Academy

Salam Academy Albuquerque

8015 Mountain Rd Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM

Salam Academy is an institution of caring and professionally trained teachers that nurture our children yet give them the independence needed to grow and learn. We are a non-profit 501(C-3) community school. 

Salam Academy offers: 
*early childhood care 6 mo- 5 years-old 
*Smart boards in every classroom
*Problem solving & collaborative learning 
*independent thought and social/emotional skills 
*Individualized learning
*Professional Security systems in each classroom
*CYFD approved 
*Community atmosphere

St. Luke Preschool

St. Luke Preschool Albuquerque

9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM

St. Luke Preschool is a faith-based, 5-star NAEYC accredited school offering high-quality, year-round programs for children ages 2 through 6. We are inclusive and provide a safe and nurturing environment that enables and encourages children to learn through developmentally appropriate play while developing a life-long love of learning and community. Please contact us to schedule a tour, meet our amazing staff, and receive enrollment information.

AFBC Parent's Day Out

Albuquerque's First Baptist Church Parent's Day Out

4101 Paseo Del Norte NW, Albuquerque, NM

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!

LEAP International Montessori School

Leap International Montessori School Rio Rancho

1598 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM

LEAP International Montessori School is an AMI Montessori School educating children 18 months to 12 years. LEAP has 3 classes; one Toddler room for children 18 months to approximately 3 years, one Primary classroom for children 3-6 years, and one elementary room for children 6-12 years. The mother/daughter owners take much pride in creating a fun, yet peaceful environment, full of high-quality Montessori materials, where everyone gets along and learns. Call for a tour to see if this Casa de Bambini is right for your child. 505-994-9433 LEAP is in Rio Rancho near Hwy 528 and Sara Rd.

Mesa View Christian Preschool

4701 Montaño Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 

Our program is designed to meet the physical and educational needs of preschoolers by allowing them to actively explore and create. Children learn through play-based activities that cover language, math, art, science, social and emotional skills.

God is the foundation of our program. Children are introduced to basic Christian principles in a natural and logical way. Through Christian themes taught in the classroom and weekly chapel services, children begin to develop an understanding of God’s love and how special they are in the eyes of their parents and God.

YMCA of Central NM

14 locations across Albuquerque

The YMCA of Central New Mexico is one of the state’s largest child care providers, with over 14 early learning, pre-school, and after school centers. We are dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable child care. Our curriculum is based on the belief that children develop physically, mentally, socially, cognitively, and emotionally by actively participating through play. Our safe, caring learning environment is led by trained teachers who understand how young children learn and focus. Our infant care program is designed to meet the needs of each baby based on his or her own schedule. Programs emphasize developing a strong self-concept as well as social, intellectual, and verbal skills.

Additional Preschools & Childcare Options


A Child’s Garden  

ABC Preschool and Childcare

ABQ Children’s Academy

Academy Montessori Preschool

Albuquerque Christian School 

Albuquerque Nursery School

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

City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers

Children of Faith Preschool

Children’s Choice Preschool

Childrens Promise Center

Christ Lutheran

City of Albuquerque Child Development

Congregation B’Nai Israel Pre-school

Congregational Preschool

Coronado Children’s Center

Covenant Corner

Covenant Schools Del Norte

Discovery One Child Care

Early Childhood Center at Congregation Albert

East Gate Kids

Eastern Child Development Center

Eastern Hills Christian Academy

Elevation Children’s Center

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

Kid’s Castle

Kids Country Club

Kids Express (Hoffmntown)

Kids Under Construction


La Luz Early Childhood Center

Little Blessings Child Development Center

La Petite Academy

Lambs of Grace Preschool

Learning Tree Academy

Little Flower Learning Center

Miss Kelly’s Academy

Monte Vista Day Nursery School

Montessori ONE Academy

Mountain View Montessori

Noah’s Ark Children’s Center

Oak Grove Classical

Pando Little School

Peppermint Stick Preschool

Play to Learn Preschool

Salam Academy

Sandia Baptist Church (Koala-TY Kids Mothers’ Day Out)

Sandia Montessori School

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool

Serendipity Day School

Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers

SpringStone Montessori

St John’s Preschool Plus

St. Luke Preschool

St. Mark’s in the Valley Day School

St Paul’s Precious Possibilities

Stepping Stones Daycare and Learning Center

Steps Ahead Learning Center

Sunset Mesa School

UNM Children’s Campus




1st Class Learning Center

ABC Preschool and Childcare

Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church PDO

All Angels Episcopal Day School

All Saints Lutheran Church Preschool

Building Bridges Child Development Center

City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers

Christina Kent Early Childhood Center

Cross of Hope Preschool

Escuel del Sol Montessori

Faith Kids

Kids Planet Child Development Center


La Esperanza Child Development Center

La Esquelita Learning Center

La Petite Academy

La Puerta De Los Ninos

Legacy Academy Preschool

Los Ninos Montessori

Magic Moments Child Care Center

Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter School

Manzano Day School

Mesa View Christian Preschool

Paradise Hills Community Preschool

Paradise Hills Methodist Church Preschool

Parkside Child Development Center – South

Shepherd of the Valley Preschool

SpringStone Montessori

St. Therese Catholic School

Teddy Bear Preschool

The Montessori Elementary Casita Preschool

Wesley Kids Child Care

Western Heights Learning Center


Rio Rancho | Corrales

ABC Preschool and Childcare

The Children’s Corner

Cottonwood Montessori School (Corrales)

Covenant Schools Rio Rancho

Darling Tribes (Corrales)

Discovery Jungle Preschool & Childcare

Early Learning Preschool

Kidszone Preschool

La Esperanza Child Development Center

La Petite Academy

LEAP International Montessori School

Memorable Moments

Pinewood Playhouse Preschool

Rio Rancho Head Start

Shining Stars Preschool

SpringStone Montessori

St. Thomas Aquinas 


East Mountains

Cibola House School

First Steps Child Care

Holy Child Catholic School

The Learning Curve Child Development Center

Los Vecinos Head Start

Prince of Peace Lutheran School

Smarty Pants Preschool


Los Lunas | Belen | Bosque Farms

Auntie Nikki’s Daycare

Bosque Farms Daycare

Building Blocks Learning Center

Building Blocks Learning Center 2

Kids Corner Preschool

Midwest NMCAP

Safe Site Educational Center


Placitas | Bernalillo 

La Petite Academy

Las Placitas Presbyterian Church-Mothers’ Day Out


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4 Responses to Albuquerque Moms Blog Guide to Preschools and Childcare

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    Jen February 11, 2019 at 9:25 am #

    Appreciate the guide – I can’t enough good things about Pando Little School if you’re anywhere near the base/airport/SE part of town and are looking for a more open-ended, investigation/project-driven approach for your pre-schooler. It’s not for everybody, but if you find the local versions of Montessori implementations lacking, this little school is worth a look-see. Our 4-year-old is thriving here and it’s amazing to sit back and watch his creativity bursting at the seams.

    Not to figure out how we’re going to cover the summer. Momma’s gotta work!!

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    Francesca February 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

    Not listed here, but we are having a very positive experience at the Child Development Center ([email protected]). Teachers are caring and affectionate, artwork and creative activities everyday, different topics each week (e.g., dinosaurs, manners, shapes…), very friendly and well organized environment. Our little girl is so happy there! Highly recommended 🙂

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      Albuquerque Moms Blog February 20, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      Hello! The City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers (with 25 locations) are listed. So glad to hear about your good experience. 🙂

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        Francesca February 25, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

        Oh, I made a mistake in the name of the daycare, sorry. The complete daycare name is Jeanie’s Child Development Center, and I don’t think it belongs to the City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers. In fact, it is not listed in the table they provide on their website. Here’s the website: http://www.tlcdevelopmentcenters.org/Jeanie-s.html