UNM Children's Campus for Early Care & Education

MSC 07 4020
1210 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-3365
Fax: (505) 277-3182

Pre-K Program

The Purpose of New Mexico PreKNM Pre-K

  • 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
  • Nationally recognized for practicing a play-based curriculum with a strong emphasis on social-emotional health and development.


  • Studies show that PreK is having significant, positive effects on children's learning in the areas of language, literacy, and math skills. Children who attend PreK enter kindergarten knowing more letters, more letter-sound associations and heightened familiarity with words and book concepts.
  • Since New Mexico PreK was initiated in Fiscal Year 2006, PreK has served approximately 8,000 New Mexican children throughout the state of NM.
  • Children who learn how to learn early are most likely to reach their full potential
  • The most significant brain development occurs before age five
  • Quality PreK is an investment in the future of New Mexico's children.

Pre-K Cost and Funding

The New Mexico Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) Initiative prepares four-year-old children for success in school through funding from two agencies, CYFD and the State Public Education Department (PED). The NM Pre-K grant provides funding for the program and the UNMCC provides for all meals. Therefore, the program is cost-free for families.

Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment for PreK services will be prioritized based on the targeted communities that have the highest percentage of public elementary schools that are designated as Title I schools and that serve the highest percentage of public elementary students who are not meeting the proficiency component required for calculating adequate yearly progress (AYP) in either math or reading. A minimum of sixty-six percent (66%) of the UNM Children’s Campus PreK enrollment will be open to the identified targeted communities.

Program Hours

    • Extended Day Program (August-May)
      • Monday-Friday
      • 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

Applications for the 2018-2019 PreK and Early PreK year will open on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:00am. Applications can be emailed to weecare@unm.edu, faxed to (505)277-3182, or submitted to our office located at 1210 University Blvd NE. Applications will be date and time stamped upon receipt. An email will be sent to the family confirming receipt of applications that are emailed or faxed.

Please be aware that any applications submitted prior to 7:00am on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 will not be considered.

Find the 2018-2019 PreK application here!