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Pre-K Program

The Purpose of New Mexico PreK

  • 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

The UNMCC will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 PreK and Early PreK year on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Applications can be submitted in person at 7:00 am to our office located at 1210 University Blvd NE. You can also email it to or fax it to (505) 277-3182. Please be aware applications that are emailed/faxed will be accepted on January, 2, 2020 at 7:30 am. An email will be sent to the family confirming receipt of applications that are emailed or faxed. All applications will be date and time stamped upon receipt. Available spaces will be offered to families based on the day/time in which their application was received.

If there is a snow day on the day we are to return from Winter Break we will accept Prek and Early PreK applications when we return. Please check your local news stations for closures.

Please be aware that any applications submitted prior to the respective times noted above will not be considered.

Pre-K Application