ABQ Moms Blog Guide to Preschools and Childcare


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. 

Manzano Day School

Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonsectarian elementary school for children in pre-k through fifth grade. We are committed to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning®, guided by the school’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, and striving for excellence. Our faculty, administration, and parents are all devoted to expanding diversity and focusing on inclusion for all families in Albuquerque.

In addition to a core curriculum of reading, math, science, and social studies, we offer six co-curricular subjects including art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology. Our students’ learning journey is expanded to nature at Fenton Ranch, our unique environmental education facility in the Jemez Mountains.

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). We offer bus service from the Northeast Heights and Westside to our historic six-acre campus in west downtown, as well as an extended day program. Financial aid is available.

Ages 4+

1801 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Montessori ONE Academy

Now enrolling for infant and preschool programs! Schedule a private tour 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 state of the art buildings and beautiful campus which includes an outdoor classroom, edible organic gardens, and exceptional playgrounds with award-winning equipment. Discover how Albuquerque’s only AMI-recognized Montessori program is leading the way in infant care and preschool education.

Ages 6 weeks+

9360 Holly Avenue, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122

Sunset Mesa School

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!

Ages 2.5+

2900 Morris St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Immanuel Lutheran School

Come and be a part of the Immanuel Family! Our preschool ministers to all the needs of your child in a loving, safe environment. Your child will benefit from social interactions with peers and with teachers holding degrees in early childhood. Mentor relationships with older students help to increase confidence with language development. Your child’s creativity is fed with arts and crafts, music, dress-up, and self-selected play. Academics at Immanuel include thematic studies that are introduced with children’s literature and cover topics in math, science, social studies, and phonemic awareness. Your child will work in centers, in small groups, and with the entire class as well. We also minister to your child’s soul using Bible stories, prayers, praise songs, and weekly chapel.  At Immanuel, you really can have it all in a Christian, loving, and safe environment with teachers who cherish your child. Come for a tour any Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ages 2+

300 Gold Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Our Montessori School

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.

Ages 2-6

1111 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Hope Christian Preschool

Hope Christian Preschool works to meet the unique academic, social, and spiritual needs of our youngest students. As children absorb ideals early, we feel strongly that a Christ-centered, values-driven environment is essential during the early education process and beyond. Our curriculum prepares preschoolers for elementary classes by providing a fun format for learning numbers, letters, and Bible. We promote the love of learning and the love of God’s principles, laying a strong foundation in the heart and mind of a child.

Ages 3+

8005 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109

1st Class Learning Center

We believe in our curriculum where each child develops according to age and capacity, having Building blocks the freedom to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually without any pressure. We also believe children learn best when rules and limits are clear and consistent. Most importantly, we believe that children learn best by staff members who create an atmosphere that is loving, warm, caring and friendly by which all children feel accepted, safe, and a part of 1st Class Learning Center.

Mission Statement: To provide a learning environment that is safe, enjoyable, interesting and peaceful for all children, their families and community.

Ages 6 weeks +
5111 Homestead Circle NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center

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! Please feel free to give us a call or email us at [email protected]

Ages 1-5
3800 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Children's Choice

Children’s Choice Preschool (CCPRE) is an high quality preschool that is open year-round! We are a Reggio-Inspired Albuquerque Preschool and Pre-K. At CCPRE the curriculum and learning projects emerge from the interests and needs of the children; teachers document the evidence of learning progression through displays and portfolios; teachers and children work collaboratively to represent their thoughts and perceptions through a variety of media; and families and the community fill strong and vital roles in our school. We take the image of the child as a strong capable learner; we take the importance of the environment which has a tremendous capacity to influence and inspire children; we take the importance of documenting and displaying the works of children as a means of celebrating and informing the educative experience; and we take the belief that the family and the community are vital parts of the child’s education.

Ages 3-5

6501 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

City of Albuquerque Child Development Centers

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 elementary schools and a variety of other community settings, the City of Albuquerque offers accredited center based options, services for pregnant moms, and robust home based programs. For additional information or to enroll contact our enrollment specialists or visit our website.

Ages 6 weeks- 5 years
25 locations across Albuquerque

Paradise Hills United Methodist Church Preschool

Paradise Hills United Methodist Church Preschool has been faithfully serving our community since 1999. We are a licensed, faith-based, non-denominational Christian preschool that serves children ages 2-5. All of our staff members are mature, fully trained, licensed and dedicated moms who have a heart for children. We offer low teacher/student ratios that allow us to individually scaffold the learning of each child. We believe each child is an individual created by God. We also believe that children grow at their own individual pace. Our program combines social interaction and free play with planed learning time that encourages developmentally appropriate learning. Our curriculum helps each child develop emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually while building their self-confidence in safe, clean, and loving classrooms. Our two-year-old program allows children to start preschool without being potty trained. Our three year old program develops social and emotional skills. Our Pre-K program fully equips children for kindergarten. Please contact us at [email protected] for information on our low rates.

Ages 2-5

4700 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

LEAP International Montessori

LEAP International Montessori School is an authentic Montessori School educating children 18 months to 12 years. LEAP has 3 class levels: Toddler (ages 18 months to approximately 3 year old), Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary for children 6-12 years old. The mother/daughter owners take much pride in creating a beautiful, fun, yet peaceful environment, full of high-quality Montessori materials, where everyone gets along and learns. LEAP is a 5 Star rated accredited school through NM FOCUS, and also a NM PreK site.  They offer an authentic Montessori curriculum and experience, as well as a hands-on/ experiential Summer Camp.  Please call to schedule an appointment or tour to see if this Casa de Bambini is right for your child.

Ages 18 months+
1598 Sara Rd, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Escuela del Sol

Founded in 1968, Escuela del Sol Montessori, is New Mexico’s oldest Montessori school.   We provide the best educational conditions to engage and nurture every child’s innate passion to learn.

Our Early Childhood classrooms, which include children from 18 mos. to 3 years (Toddler), and 3 to 6 years (Primary), are the young child’s introduction to the larger world. Dedicated, Montessori-trained teachers support the development of social skills, sensory exploration, independence and self-expression in an unhurried atmosphere of love and respect.


Each classroom is a community of children who work and learn together in a beautiful setting, where curiosity is fostered and independent learning is supported. Children learn through hands-on, interactive materials that engage the senses and support every style of learning.

Spanish, Mandarin, music, and art are an integral part of the curriculum.

Full and part time schedules are available, as well as after-school enrichment classes and activities.

Ages 18 months+

1114 Seventh Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 

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 c[email protected].

Ages 2-5

10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

Pando Little School

Pando is growing! Contact us to learn more about our expanded hours, wider age range, and new building. Pando 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. 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.

Ages 2-5

3538 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Salam Academy

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:

A Nationally Accredited by NECPA – 5 STAR Program that is CYFD approved and accepted. Free NM Pre-K for 4 year olds

Smart boards in classrooms to facilitate problem solving & collaborative learning

Independent thought and social/emotional skills & individualized learning

Professional Security systems in each classroom & a community atmosphere

Ages 6 months- 5 years

8015 Mountain Rd Pl, Albuquerque, NM 87110

St. Luke Preschool

St. Luke Preschool Albuquerque

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.

Ages 2-6

9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Risen Savior Preschool

Risen Savior Catholic Preschool is a small, faith-based, welcoming preschool community focused on early childhood education. We offer classes for 3 and 4 year old children. Our program runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon during the school year. We provide Kindergarten preparation in a Catholic Christian environment.

We Pray  We Play  We Learn  We Love

Ages 3 & 4

7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Cross of Hope Preschool

Cross of Hope Preschool, growing in excellence since since 1986, is a nationally accredited five-star rated preschool that 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 program and offer a stimulating curriculum that helps children develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We offer a safe environment, licensed educators, low teacher/student ratios, chapel, music Spanish and Sign Language at an affordable tuition.

Public Registration date Saturday, February 15 9:00-11:00 am

Ages 3-5

6104 Taylor Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Children of Faith Preschool

Are you looking for a preschool for your children that teaches Christian values, has low student to teacher ratios, and has a friendly loving staff to welcome your child? If so, Children of Faith School is the answer to your search. Our student to teacher ratios are normally 6:1, we have knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly teachers and assistants, and your children will learn stories from the bible as well as academic subjects. Our facility is clean and inviting to young children. Please schedule your tour for our school between 10:30 and 11:30 am Monday through Friday in the Spring. Hours for summer will change a bit, but you can always call and leave a message and we will return your call ASAP!

Ages 2+

10000 Spain Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

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! 

Ages 2-5

606 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Eastern Hills Christian Academy

A private Christian school located in Northeast Albuquerque offering a variety of early education classes for 3- and 4-year olds (2 to 5 day, morning or full day) with before/after school care. Our teachers’ love for God and their passion to serve His children creates joy in our classrooms. They are gifted educators and students thrive in our small class sizes and nurturing environment. Your child will grow in their love for learning and faith in our secure environment with enrichments in music, PE, Spanish, and Bible. EHCA is state accredited and our preschool holds the highest CYFD rating.

Ages 3+

3100 Morris St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Additional Preschools & Childcare Options

A Child’s Garden

ABC Preschool and Childcare

Albuquerque Christian School

Albuquerque Nursery School

All Seasons Day School

Alvarado Day School

Asbury United Methodist Church -PDO

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

Children’s Promise Center

Christ Lutheran

City of Albuquerque Child Development

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

Kid’s Castle

Kids Country Club

Kids Express (Hoffmantown)

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


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