New Mexico ChildCare Preschool Centers

We provide local listings of preschools and childcare centers in New Mexico. Continue below to search the list of local childcare centers in New Mexico. We have also listed the top cities in New Mexico on the right side of the page.

Child Care and Preschool Guide for Parents in New Mexico

New Mexico offers an array of quality child care and preschool options for families, many of which are state-funded. This guide will help you navigate the different options available to you and your children. It will explain the application process for public early education and child care programs and provide resources for private options as well.

State-Subsidized Early Education and Child Care Options

There are several financial assistance programs available to New Mexico families in need of affordable child care. Major state-subsidized programs include CYFD Child Care Assistance, PreK, and New Mexico Head Start.

1. CYFD Child Care Assistance

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) provides Child Care Assistance to families who need help covering the cost of safe and reliable child care. Families who are working, in school, or participating in a job training program may qualify for assistance.

To apply, families must provide proof of income, employment or school enrollment status, and child identification information. Applications can be completed online or in person at a local CYFD office. More details are available on the New Mexico Kids website.

2. New Mexico PreK

New Mexico PreK is a state-funded program providing pre-kindergarten services for all four-year-olds in the state. This program is offered through public schools and select private providers. If your child is four by September 1st, they are eligible to apply.

Applications for the current school year can be completed online or at a participating PreK site in your area. More information is available on the New Mexico PreK website.

3. New Mexico Head Start and Early Head Start

The New Mexico Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

Applications can be completed at local Head Start and Early Head Start centers. Visit the New Mexico Head Start Association website for more details.

Other Child Care and Preschool Options

In addition to state-subsidized programs, there are many private child care and preschool options available. Check the New Mexico Kids website for a directory of licensed child care providers throughout the state.

Quality Assurance

To ensure the best care and education for your child, all state-regulated child care centers in New Mexico are rated for quality through the Look for the STARS program. You can find more about this program on the New Mexico Kids website.


By understanding the various childcare options and knowing how to apply to them, New Mexico families can secure safe, quality care for their children. Whether it's a private preschool, a state-funded program or a combination of the two, there's a wealth of resources for parents in New Mexico.

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