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Pre-K & Child Development

Pre-K is a voluntary program for four-year-olds. Learn about pre-k enrollment requirements and pre-k programs available in Albuquerque.

Pre-K Requirements

  • The student must be 4 years old before 12:00 a.m. September 1.
  • The student must live within the attendance zone of the District of Albuquerque Public Schools.

Remember that registration is not a guarantee because demand is higher than availability.

Visit Pre-K Enrollment for more information.


To learn more about Pre-K and Child Development at APS:

Programs in Albuquerque

APS Developmental Preschool Classrooms

This program offers services for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who have been identified as having a developmental delay or a disability. These services include individual therapy for speech and/or language as well as fine or gross motor delays. Services are also available in 59 classrooms located in 14 schools.

Learn more at Special Education Services for Preschool Students.

For more information, contact Julieta Contreras by phone at (505) 253-0320 or by email at .

City of Albuquerque Child and Family Development

The following programs are offered by joint efforts of the City and APS:

  • Child Development Resources & Center Locations (CDC)
  • Early Head Start Locations
  • Preschool & CYFD Pre-K
  • All Child and Family Development Center Locations

Learn more about The Division of Child and Family Development Services online.

Head Start (Youth Development, Inc.)

The YDI Head Start program is designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families with a comprehensive program to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, educational, and physical needs.