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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

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

New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department Annual Outcomes Report

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is pleased to present its inaugural Annual Outcomes Report documenting the first full fiscal year since the Department launched in July 2020.

NM PreK and Early PreK overview begins on page 15. 

New Mexico PreK Materials Library