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New Mexico PreK is a voluntary program funded by the state of New Mexico. The PreK program began in 2005 to ensure that every child in New Mexico has the opportunity to attend a high quality early childhood education program before going to kindergarten.

​The Purpose of NM PreK & Early PreK

  • Increase access to voluntary high-quality pre-kindergarten programs

  • Provide developmentally appropriate activities for New Mexico children

  • Expand early childhood community capacity

  • Support linguistically and culturally appropriate curriculum

  • Focus on school readiness


Teachers carefully plan indoor and outdoor activities based on what children need to learn in seven areas:

  • Listening, language, reading, and writing

  • Science

  • Counting, shapes, sorting and measuring

  • Coordination, hygiene, health, and well-being

  • Art, music, and movement

  • Independence, problem-solving, thinking and perseverance

  • Appropriate behavior, social skills and being a part of a group


You won’t see children sitting quietly at desks in a PreK classroom. PreK children are active – busy – working.

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