Guide to Albuquerque Area Preschools and Childcare


We are excited to present our readers with ABQ Mom’s Guide to Preschools and Childcare. This guide aims to be a one-stop shop for families looking for the perfect preschool or childcare center for their little ones.

Check out the info below and make sure to stop by one of the open houses for a more in-depth look at your school of choice.

Hope Christian Preschool

Hope Preschool

Parenting is heart work! And entrusting your precious little ones to someone else all day can be a daunting concept. Spacious, natural light-filled learning spaces with in-class bathrooms, a separate preschool playground, loving teachers, and armed security are all reasons our families love HOPE as a safe, nurturing place for their children to begin a lifelong love of learning!

With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, their 3 and 4 year olds receive the attention they need to develop academically, socially, and spiritually. Hands-on learning centers develop both fine and gross motor skills. Daily reading time, singing songs, and interactive lessons help students develop critical thinking and social skills all in a Christ-centered, values-driven environment.

They offer full-day 3 and 5 day per week options for their three year old students. Their four year old program is full time, 5 days per week. Both offer extended care before and after school on a secure campus.

HOPE Christian Preschool is located inside their beautiful Elementary facility, where preschool graduates may continue their grade school years and move on to the neighboring HOPE Christian Middle, and High School campuses for 6th – 12th grades. HOPE is currently ranked the #1 Best Private K-12 School in Albuquerque.

Ages 3 & 4

6721 Palomas Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109

Escuela del Sol Montessori

Escuela Del Sol Montessori

Every day is a discovery at Escuela del Sol Montessori! Escuela nurtures an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, building a foundation of purposeful work and independence. Their toddler through jr. high program fosters fundamental emotional and academic skills as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that cultivates creativity, collaboration, and ingenuity while developing critical thinking, communication, and social responsibility. Studio classes in art, music, gardening, and Spanish inspire exploration and expression while encouraging students to take age-appropriate risks in a safe, supportive environment.

Escuela del Sol Montessori’s culture of kindness, courtesy, self-respect, and consideration for others is crucial to moral development and fosters a sense of dignity as well as academic success. Escuela del Sol, New Mexico’s first accredited Montessori school, has a 55+ year history of providing solid education that will last a lifetime.

Escuela is accepting applications for Toddler, Primary, Elementary, and Jr. High, ages 18 months to 14 years. Limited spaces are available. Escuela del Sol Montessori, an independent not-for-profit school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, provides the best educational conditions to engage and nurture every child’s innate passion to learn. Escuela shares a lush urban campus with its community outreach arm of the organization.

Ages 18 months – 8th grade

1114 Seventh Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Manzano Day School

Manzano Day School

Manzano Day School, founded in 1938, is an independent nonprofit elementary school for pre-k through fifth-grade students. The school aims to develop the whole child, emphasizing a curriculum that inspires lifelong learning. The dedicated faculty and staff and a warm and nurturing academic environment form the foundation for students’ growth.

The school prides itself on striking a balance between tradition and innovation. It offers a well-rounded education that includes co-curriculars like art, library, music, PE, Spanish, and technology. Core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, and striving for excellence are woven into the school’s ethos.

Manzano Day School distinguishes itself by providing unique experiences for students. Outdoor environmental education at Fenton Ranch in the Jemez Mountains contributes to a holistic learning experience. Additionally, each grade engages in service learning projects.

The average class size at Manzano Day School is around 18 students. The school promotes accessibility by providing two school buses, serving the city’s west side and northeast heights.

Prospective families are encouraged to schedule campus tours. The Admission Office can be contacted at 505-243-6659 or [email protected]. Financial aid is available.

Joy in Learning® is not just a motto at Manzano Day School; it’s the way of life!

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 New Mexico. With programs serving infant, preschool, and elementary 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, intergenerational and 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

1st Class Learning Center

1st class learning center

1st Class Learning Center believes in their curriculum, where each child develops according to age and capacity, having the freedom to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually without any pressure. They also believe children learn best when rules and limits are clear and consistent. Most importantly, they believe that children learn best from staff members who create an atmosphere that is loving, warm, caring, and friendly. This ensures that 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

St. Luke Preschool

st. luke's preschool

St. Luke Preschool is a faith-based, 5-star, NAEYC-accredited school serving the Albuquerque community for over 60 years. They provide high-quality, joyful, and engaging programs where their days are filled with the love of God and being in community with one another. Serving children ages 2 through 6 throughout the school year, they partner with families to meet each child’s needs and foster a life-long love of learning. Their creative staff design welcoming, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and opportunities that enable and encourage young children to learn through developmentally appropriate play experiences. Please contact them to schedule a tour and see their classes in action, meet their amazing staff, ask questions, and learn about options for preschool.

Ages 2-6 years

9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Paradise Hills United Methodist Church Preschool

PHUMC Preschool has been faithfully serving the community since 1999. They are a licensed, faith-based, non-denominational Christian preschool that serves children ages 2-5. Their staff members are mature, fully trained, and dedicated moms who have a heart for children. They believe each child is an individual created by God.

Their program combines social interaction and free play with planned learning time that encourages developmentally appropriate learning. Their 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. Their two-year-old program allows children to start preschool without being potty trained. Their three-year-old program develops social and emotional skills. Their Pre-K program fully equips children for kindergarten.

The Preschool and Church offer two summer sessions for children aged 2 years through Kindergarten and 1st grade through 5th grade. Please contact them for information on their low rates and their summer dates.

Ages 2-5

4700 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Cross of Hope Lutheran Preschool

Cross of Hope Preschool Guide

Cross of Hope Preschool is a Christian Preschool located on the Westside of Albuquerque, serving children ages 3-5 years old. They are a 5-Star Nationally Accredited preschool and strive to be the best in teaching basic skills and meeting developmental milestones in a loving, Christian environment!

Ages 3-5

6104 Taylor Ranch Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Albuquerque Christian School

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This is the first experience for many children in a Christian academic community. They will experience a loving, safe environment while learning about God’s love. ACS students experience a variety of different fun days including Western Day, Safari Day, and Hawaiian Day. They venture out on fun field trips to the pumpkin patch, an aquarium, and the zoo. They also include many different cooking activities where the students help make pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, gingerbread men, pizza, pancakes, and more. Their time in ACS’s Early Childhood Development focused preschool continually provides amazing stories of growth and elementary readiness.

Ages 3-5
4931 McLeod Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 872-0777

Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center

Cong Albert

Earning the distinction as one of the “Top 3 Preschools in Albuquerque” in the Abq Journal Reader’s Choice Awards in 2022, they welcome you to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Their 5-Star FOCUS preschool/kindergarten strives to make your child’s first school experience a happy and secure one. Offering a positive foundation for all future learning, they help in creating that joyful, lifelong learner, where their students learn that education is both fun and important. They believe in sustaining a culture of inquiry, with licensed early childhood educators who partner with families and children, and where together they listen, wonder, and reflect. They are committed to providing an emergent and inspiring learning environment for a diverse population of young learners, with classes for two through five year olds and an accredited kindergarten, where they gently integrate Jewish values, culture, and holidays.

They are play-based and child-centered in their approach, supporting the uniqueness of their students and families. Joyfully, they 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 them!

Ages 2-5

3800 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico  87110

Albuquerque Preschool Cooperative

Albuquerque Preschool Cooperative

Join APSC in creating a supportive community where your child’s early education becomes a memorable journey filled with fun, learning, and exploration. They 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. APSC offers a unique opportunity for families to contribute to the development of the policies and programs of the school. They have created an environment where peers, teachers, and family all play an important role. What sets them apart from the rest? Parents are encouraged to contribute to students’ learning experience by sharing their cultural traditions through music, art, and cooking. They offer a weekly Spanish curriculum. APSC provides services for income-eligible families through cooperation with state agencies and in-house scholarships. They have been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1995. APSC holds a five-star license from the state of New Mexico.

Ages 2-5

606 Candelaria Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87107

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool is a 5-star FOCUS program dedicated to instilling in their children a life-long joy of learning as well as a positive sense of self. Sandia Presbyterian Preschool is a play-based traditional preschool that serves young children as they grow and develop. They provide an environment in which children are guided with love and compassion. Children are offered numerous learning opportunities through functional play. They embrace every child for his or her unique qualities and promote the individual growth and success of each child. For more information or to schedule a tour, please use the links below. They look forward to welcoming you and your family!

Ages 2 1/2-5

10704 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

Parent Preschool Recommendations

Additional Preschools & Childcare Options

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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

Bright Minds Infant and Children’s Academy

Busy Bees Childcare

Calico Butterfly Preschool

Calvary Preschool

Caterpillar Clubhouse Daycare

Children’s Choice Preschool

Children’s Promise Center

Christ Lutheran

City of Albuquerque Child Development

Congregational Preschool

Coronado Children’s Center

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

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 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 Butterflies Preschool

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 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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  1. Our family has been at Albuquerque Preschool Cooperative for many years, and we adore it! I highly recommend it to anyone looking.

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