Guide to Albuquerque Area Preschools and Childcare


Choosing childcare or a preschool can be daunting. We hope 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, nonprofit elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. As a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, we are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Manzano Day 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 addition to the core subjects 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.

Manzano Day School is implementing a hybrid learning schedule that allows students to learn on campus and remotely, while responding to the changing situation around COVID-19. We are providing the best educational experience possible while mitigating risk of exposure or outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community. Join us for our Spring Open House, happening virtually on March 3, at 9:00 AM.

Ages 4+

1801 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Montessori ONE Academy

Founded in 2007, Montessori ONE Academy is the only AMI-recognized (Association Montessori International/USA), authentic Montessori school in Albuquerque. With programs serving infant, preschool, elementary, and distance learning students, children at Montessori ONE Academy are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them.

The Montessori Method—an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child (physical, social, emotional, and cognitive)—approaches education from a global and subject-integrated perspective. Montessori ONE students progress through the programs at their own pace– unhindered by grade-level curriculum. Here, children learn that school can be a fun and exciting adventure… thus creating lifelong learners.

Parents of Montessori ONE students appreciate the diverse community, consistent scheduling, distance learning options, summer programs, on-site before and after-care, on-campus extracurricular programs, rich curriculum, and the nurturing and empowering atmosphere afforded their children. You are invited to schedule a tour and discover more about the globally-celebrated Montessori Method and how Montessori ONE Academy is helping students discover the joy of learning.

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

Hope Christian Preschool

Hope Christian Preschool will be located in our NEW, state-of-the-art facility for the2021-22 school year!

With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, our youngest students receive the attention they need to develop academically, socially, and spiritually. Our curriculum prepares 3 and 4-year olds for elementary classes by providing a fun format for learning numbers, letters, and Bible.

We promote the love of learning with a focus on cultivating hearts of gratefulness and service to others. For our three-year olds, we offer full and part-time preschool options (2, 3, or 5 days per week). Our pre-Kindergarten offering for four-year olds is full time, 5 days per week. Both offer extended care before and after school on a secure campus.

Ages 3+

8005 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109

Western Heights Learning Center

Western Heights Learning Center, Inc. commits to providing quality care for the children and families of New Mexico, through child care, elementary education, home visiting and community outreach, with quality standards based on a biblical worldview. By creating an environment where children can learn and thrive, and empowering families to raise healthy children, we will make our community a better place.  

We currently provide child care and free New Mexico PreK and Early PreK.  Our elementary program includes kindergarten through fifth grade.  Our home visiting services are open and free to anyone pregnant or with a child, grandchild, foster child or adopted child up to the age of 3. We will soon be expanding to additional infant and toddler programs.

Ages 2-5

6415 Sage Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121

La Esperanza Preschool

We provide early childhood education to children up to 5 years old and full-time childcare to school-age children.

La Esperanza CDC is a 5-star nationally accredited Bilingual & Christian education program. We provide high-quality care, and well planned and developmentally appropriate activities, in a safe and healthy environment. We employ qualified professionals to provide that care and teach and use the most effective research-based curriculum in early childhood education.

Ages Infant+

5740 Night Whisper Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87114

1721 Wellspring Ave SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Albuquerque: (505) 896-6764

Rio Rancho: (505) 891-2755

Albuquerque Preschool Cooperative

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

Albuquerque Christian School

Founded in 1982, Albuquerque Christian school is the premier educational choice in Albuquerque for families seeking a Christ centered community. Our student focused environment is dedicated to academic excellence and the development of the whole person, guiding our students to become graduates that are committed to leadership and service through Jesus Christ.

As an ACSI accredited school, Albuquerque Christian School provides loving care and an exceptional education to children from Preschool through eighth grade. We offer families full time learning in person, in Christ and adhere to strict Covid-19 safety protocols. We invite you to visit our school to tour our campus and facilities. We would love for you to meet our staff and students, as there is no better way to understand the culture of a school than to spend time with the people who bring it to life every day. We want you to get to know us!

Ages 3+

4931 McLeod Rd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

YMCA of Central New Mexico

The YMCA has always focused on meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of our young learners so they can grow into the changemakers of tomorrow—and today is no different.

During these challenging times when routines seem to change daily, one thing remains the same: the Y provides a safe, enriching place for children to learn and grow, through essential child care for parents returning to work.

The Y’s early learning centers are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of children, the support parents/families need and the importance of maintaining a safe, clean environment for children to learn and thrive. At the Y, infants develop trust and security; preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world while being prepared for Kindergarten.

Opening available for:
Infants: 6 weeks – 12 months

Toddlers: 1 & 2 year olds

New Mexico Pre-K: 3 & 4 Year olds (Free Program)

Ages 6 weeks- 4 years

201 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM, 87106

ABQ Child Care

ABQ Childcare is a non profit that has 4 locations. We have been serving the community for over 40 years! We offer New Mexico Free Pre k and accept state assistance. All locations are 5 Star Nationally Accredited through NECPA.

Ages 6 weeks – 12 years

All Seasons Day School: 7700 Zuni Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Alvarado Day School: 300 Alvarado Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

ChildCo Day School: 3901 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Little Corral Day School: 10111 Constitution Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

All Seasons Day School:(505) 266-3000

Alvarado Day School:(505) 266-5846

ChildCo Day School:(505) 881-3611

Little Corral Day School: (505) 299-0633

PHUMC Preschool

PHUMC 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. Our staff members are mature, fully trained, and dedicated moms who have a heart for children. We believe each child is an individual created by God.

Our program combines social interaction and free play with planned 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 with low teacher/student ratios. 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.

The Preschool and Church offer two summer sessions for children aged 2yrs-Kindergarten and 1 st grade through 5 th grade. Please contact us for information on our low rates and our summer dates. Blessings!

Ages 2 years+

4700 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Children's Promise Centers

Top notch Faith Based Early Education Center that focuses on children ages 6 weeks – Prek with a summer school-age program. We offer state funded early prek & prek for children aged 3 & 4 during the school year. Our passionate staff love on each child’s individual needs while helping them develop further.

Ages 6 weeks – PreK

12855 Eastridge Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Risen Savior Catholic Preschool

Risen Savior Catholic Preschool is a small, faith-based school located in the N.E. Heights of Albuquerque. We offer in-person learning for 3 & 4-year-old students focused on early childhood education and kindergarten prep. We are the only stand-alone preschool in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe that offers 2, 3, and 5 day a week attendance options for families to choose from. Risen Savior Catholic Preschool creates a hands-on curriculum using fun, practical methods, which motivates students to learn through interactive projects and tactile instruction. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Mrs. Dominguez-Chávez at [email protected]

Ages 3-4 years

7701 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 87109

LEAP International Montessori School

LEAP is a private Montessori School in Rio Rancho. We specialize in authentic Montessori education that has been accepted by the State of New Mexico PreK program for 4-year-olds. Call early to reserve one of the coveted PreK slots for next year. Overall we accept children 18 months to 12 years old. We accept ECECD state contracts and private pay in addition to the PreK program. Call or visit our website for details.

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

Escuela del Sol Montessori

Escuela del Sol Montessori, founded in 1968, is the oldest and first accredited Montessori school in New Mexico. Our time-tested curriculum is designed to nurture creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-discipline, and to lay the foundation for academic excellence. Our Early Childhood classrooms, Toddler (18 months-3 years) and Primary (3-6 years), are the young child’s introduction to the larger world. Each classroom is a community where children work, play and learn together in an environment intentionally prepared to stimulate growth, curiosity and independent learning. Montessori-trained teachers support the development of social skills, sensory exploration, independence and self-expression. Children learn through hands-on, interactive materials that engage the senses and support every style of learning. Adjacent to the Harwood Art Center, our program includes art, Spanish, and Music and Performance classes that give our students freedom to explore their creativity. Full- and part-time schedules are available. We offer after-school care and activities.

Ages 18 months+

1114 7th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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.  Give our Director, Mrs. Rindone, a call today!

Ages 2+

300 Gold Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

St. Luke Preschool

St. Luke Preschool is a faith-based, 5-star NAEYC accredited school offering high-quality early learning for children ages 2 through 6.  We provide an inclusive and nurturing environment that enables and encourages children to learn through developmentally appropriate play while adhering to COVID safe practices.  Please contact us to schedule a tour, learn more, and receive enrollment information.

Ages 2-6 years

9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Children of Faith School

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

Christina Kent Early Childhood Center

Christina Kent Early Childhood Program is a non-profit, nationally accredited early care and education program.  Our mission is to serve the children of economically diverse working families with quality child care, early education and nutritional services.  We have served the Albuquerque downtown area for over 100 years and are able to provide a sliding scale to assist with high child care costs.

We provide our families with a Reggio Emilia inspired approach to curriculum.  The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It is a pedagogy described as student-centered and constructivist that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. Children learn best doing and choosing where they want to work during the day.  This creates an intentional and thought-provoking classroom that challenges young learners. We offer free NM PreK as well.

Ages 2-5

423 3rd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center

Welcome to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our 5 Star FOCUS preschool/kindergarten 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. Play-based and child-centered, we support 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!

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

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

Asbury Mother's Day Out Childcare

Mother’s Day Out and our preschool have been in operation since 1972, offering licensed child care for preschool children. 

We provide Full time, Part time and Drop in services. We accept children from 4 months, up to the age of 6. We also acceps state child care payments. 

Our curriculum incorporates science, math, language and social skills; as well as providing planned activities, including music, story time, snack time, crafts and outdoor activities.

Ages 4 months- 6 years

10000 Candelaria Rd NE Albuquerque, NM

Our Montessori School

Our Montessori school is a not-for-profit organization that provides an authentic Montessori education for infants/6 weeks through Kindergarten. We are a NM FOCUS 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 6 weeks – Kindergarten

1111 Eubank Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

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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