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Early Childhood Education 2019-11-08T16:47:13-07:00

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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

Screening Resources

The Early Childhood Observation Tool



PreK Books to Support Creativity 2019

PreK Art Process Versus Product 2019

PreK Creativity with Drama and Pretend Play 2019


Phonological Awareness lesson instruction guide

PreK Morning-Afternoon Message 2019

PreK Welcome Songs 2019

PreK 1st-2nd-3rd read posters 2019

PreK Becoming a Writer 2019

PreK Large Group Tips 2019

PreK Screen Time at School 2019

PreK Becoming a Writer 2019

PreK Picture Story Word Story 2019

PreK Children’s Knowledge of Books 2019

PreK 1st-2nd-3rd Read-Engaging Children in a Storybook 2019


Books to Support Measuring 2019

PreK Measuring 2019

Books to Support Shapes 2019

PreK shapes

Books to Support Numbers and Counting 2019

PreK Numbers 2019

Books to Support Sorting and Classifying 2019

PreK Sort/Classify 2019

PreK Spatial Awareness 2019 web


PreK Music 2019

Social-Emotional Skills

PreK Labeling Emotions 2019

PreK Support Children w Conflicts 2019

PreK Teach Friendship Skills 2019

PreK Define Challenging Behaviors 2019

PreK Build Relationships 2019

PreK Re-framing Teacher Talk 2019

Scripted stories for social situations

Turtle technique

Pyramid Solution kit

PreK Teach Social Skills 2019

PreK Teach Problem-Solving 2019

PreK Extend Engagement Attention to Task 2019

PreK Importance of Daily Schedules 2019

PreK Responding to Challenging Behaviors 2019

PreK Social Emotional Development 2019

Tantrums tears and tempers

PreK Transitions 2019

PreK Helping Children with Social and Emotional Disabilities 2019

Transitioning children with challenging behavior to kindergarten

Positive Interactions with Diverse Families

Pyramid Tip Sheet


Information for teachers

Four Steps for Data-Driven Analysis-Self-Reflection 2019

Four Steps for Data Driven Analysis Checklist 2019

PreK Tips for Separation Anxiety 2019

PreK Tips for Home Visits 2019

PreK Family Engagement Requirements 2019

PreK Promote Child Engagement 2019

PreK Family Involvement Ideas 2019

PreK Community Collaboration 2019

PreK  Descriptive Feedback 2019

PreK Executive Functioning 2019

Sample Schedule for Half Day Programs 2019

Sample Schedule for Extended Day Programs 2019

PreK ECOT and KOT 2019


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!

Here is another wonderful exemplar Family Handbook from Las Cruces Public Schools Early Childhood Programs.   LCPS Family Handbook 2019-2020.  Thank you Las Cruces for sharing!

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 November 8, 2019