Guide to Albuquerque Area Preschools and Childcare


Choosing childcare or a preschool can be daunting. We hope this guide will serve as a one-stop-shop as you search for that place where you feel comfortable and where you know your little one will be cared for.

Hope Christian Preschool

Hope Christian School preschool

Hope Christian Preschool is a safe, nurturing place for your three-year-old to begin a lifelong love of learning. Located in our new, state-of-the-art facility along Paseo del Norte NE, our littlest Huskies enjoy spacious classrooms filled with natural light, girls’ and boys’ bathrooms in each room, and access to their own preschool playground separate from the older elementary children.

With a student-teacher ratio of 12:1, our littlest Huskies 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. We promote the love of learning with a focus on cultivating hearts of gratefulness and service to others.

For our three-year-old students, we offer full-day 3- and 5-day-per-week options. Our four-year-old program is full-time, 5 days per week. Both offer extended care before and after school on a secure campus. Starting in our PK-3 program is recommended, as there tend to be few openings for new students in PK-4.

Upon graduation from Preschool, students may continue their learning K-12th at HOPE Christian Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Give your child a strong foundation at HOPE Christian School.

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, our 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. A 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 Montessori, New Mexico’s first accredited Montessori school, has a 50+ 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, the Harwood Art Center.

Ages 18 months – 8th grade

1114 Seventh Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Manzano Day School


Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. As a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, it is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Manzano Day School is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement. In addition to the core subjects of reading, math, science, and social studies, the six co-curricular subjects of art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology are part of every student’s schedule.

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

We believe in our curriculum where each child develops according to age and capacity, having the freedom to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually without any pressure. We also believe children learn best when rules and limits are clear and consistent. Most importantly, we believe that children learn best from staff members who create an atmosphere that is loving, warm, caring, and friendly by which 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. We offer high-quality, engaging programs for children ages 2 through 6 throughout the school year. We are inclusive and provide a safe and nurturing environment that enables and encourages children to learn through developmentally appropriate play while developing a life-long love of learning and community. Please contact us to schedule a tour, meet our amazing staff, and receive enrollment information.

Ages 2-6 years

9100 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Paradise Hills United Methodist Church Preschool

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

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

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

Ages 2 years+

4700 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Cross of Hope Lutheran Preschool

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Cross of Hope Preschool is a welcoming Christ-centered community providing high-quality education in a nurturing environment that respects each child’s development.

Ages 3 and 4

6104 Taylor Ranch Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Calvary Preschool

Cavalry Preschool is an ECECD licensed 5-star rated preschool that is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International.

Calvary Preschool staff strives to glorify God by providing an orderly, nurturing, and stimulating atmosphere for development as children begin to explore the world around them. Each child will grow mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually as they interact with a loving, caring group of adults and peers outside of their family. Our Preschool program includes guided exploration with toys and educational manipulatives that stimulate learning, music, physical education, peer interaction that stimulates social growth, and a creative, hands-on academic and Bible curriculum appropriate for each child’s spiritual and academic growth and development.

We serve three-year-old students to five-year-olds in our attractive, clean, and secure facility.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit or call 505-338-0183. We would love for you to be part of our school family!

Ages 3-5

4001 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center

congregation albert

Earning the distinction as one of the “Top 3 Preschools in Albuquerque” in the Albuquerque Journal Reader’s Choice Awards, we welcome you to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our 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, we help in creating that joyful, lifelong learner, where our students learn that education is both fun and important. We believe in sustaining a culture of inquiry, with licensed early childhood educators who partner with families and children, and where together we listen, wonder, and reflect. We 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 we gently integrate Jewish values, culture, and holidays.

We are play-based and child-centered in our approach, supporting the uniqueness of our students and families. Joyfully, we 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 us!

Ages 2-5

3800 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico  87110

SpringStone Montessori School

springstone monetessori

SpringStone Paradise in Albuquerque, NM is now enrolling from ages 12 months through 5 years.

  • Safe, Clean, and Secure Environment
  • Low Student / Teacher Ratios
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks Included in Tuition
  • Before and After Care Provided at No Charge
  • NECPA – National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
Different locations accept different ages. See website for details.

4598 Paradise Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

7940 Carmel Avenue, Albuquerque NM, 87109

2441 Grande Boulevard NW, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

1615 Randolph Court SE, Albuquerque NM, 87106

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool

Sandia Presbyterian Preschool is a 5-star FOCUS program dedicated to instilling in our 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. We provide an environment in which children are guided with love and compassion. Children are offered numerous learning opportunities through functional play. We 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. We look forward to welcoming you and your family!

Ages 2-5

10704 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

Albuquerque Christian School

Albuquerque Christian School is a private, non-denominational Christian school offering programs for children 6 weeks old – 6th grade, providing Christ-centered guidance and quality academics. Since our founding in 1982, our mission is to help children grow spiritually and academically. It’s this same dedication that has earned us ASCI accreditation and has established us as a leading Christian school Albuquerque. Our desire is that when students leave the doors of the school, they are equipped to navigate the world around them using Biblical principles in life decisions and emerge as leaders with strong ethics..

We provide:

  • Strong Academic programs
  • Affordable tuition
  • Christ-centered guidance
  • Various enrichment programs
  • Secure and safe facilities
  • Before and after school care (Rams Club)

6 weeks-6th grade

4931 McLeod Rd. NE Albuquerque, 87109

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

Bluebird Daycare and Learning Center

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 Corner

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 Baptist Church

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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