About New Mexico PreK
New Mexico PreK (NM PreK) is a free program during the school year that delivers high-quality education in both community-based and school-based settings. NM PreK focuses on providing a fun, rewarding, and developmentally appropriate learning environment for children ages 3 and 4.
NM PreK teachers plan play-based activities and lessons oriented towards children’s physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional stages of development. NM PreK program standards meet nine out ten National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) benchmarks for preschool quality (one of only seven states to meet those benchmarks).
Each PreK provider sets its own application processes, registration deadlines, and selection criteria. Some may include lotteries, wait lists, and other processes to accept students. Contact the provider directly to learn more.
New Mexico PreK Links
- For an interactive map of NM PreK providers, click here (external link)
- NM PreK Web Site (external link)
NM PreK Accomplishments
• Increased NM PreK enrollment by 30 percent, reaching an additional 3,246 preschool aged New Mexicans.
• In New Mexico, 80 percent of four-year-olds have access to PreK through NM PreK, Head Start, BIE, and Title I programs combined