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Early Childhood Education 2019-09-20T09:14:49-06:00

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New Mexico PreK is a voluntary preschool program created by the Pre-Kindergarten Act of 2005. The PreK program is jointly administered by the Public Education Department and the Children, Youth, and Families Department. Children who have reached their 4th birthday by September 1st are eligible to attend a PreK program. The purpose of PreK is to ensure every child in New Mexico has the opportunity to attend a high quality early childhood education program before kindergarten. The purpose of New Mexico PreK is to:

  • 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


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The New Mexico Public Education Department is excited to announce that the early care and education community now has access to the WIDA Early Years online learning modules and resources. WIDA Early Years focuses on supporting young multilingual children, ages 2.5 to 5.5 years.  This partnership is made possible by through the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five awarded through the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.




Approved Supplies that are Allowable for Pre-K


Student Health Assessment


PED Spotlight on the 19-20 BECC PreK Family Handbook(PDF)- A great resource for families in Portales!
Thank you to the Brown Early Childhood Center for giving us permission to post their handbook as an example!

To access tools, resources and criteria to improve the quality of your PreK program, click the FOCUS symbol.

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Contact Us

Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Brenda Kofahl
Director, Early Childhood Bureau
(505) 827-6627

Catherine Quick
Early Childhood Special Education (619) Coordinator
(505) 827-6561

Mary Ellen Dannenberg
Pre-K Program Specialist/Data Coordinator
(505) 827-6516

Page last updated September 20, 2019