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Early Childhood

Early Childhood supports children in APS Preschool programs and works with the city, county, state, and experts to develop a collaborative partnership between the home, school, and community.

APS Early Childhood has been awarded a Guhl Literacy Grant. We are excited to begin implementation of our book project, "I see Me!" for our APS SPED Preschool Classrooms.

APS Early Childhood has been awarded a Guhl Literacy GrantWe are excited to begin implementation of our project, I See Me! Book Project for our APS SPED Preschool Classrooms.

Early Childhood Quick Links

Important Dates

  • Registration for 2022-23: Register with ParentVUE 
  • No transfer is needed for Preschool students
  • First Day of School: 
    • Traditional - August 12, 2022
    • Alternative - August 8, 2022

Have questions?

Please visit APS Preschool Frequently Asked Questions, if you don't see your question(s) please send Early Childhood an Information Request.

Welcome to the Early Childhood Office

Early Childhood is essential in supporting the needs of Preschool children. We provide professional development to enhance learning outcomes for young children in a range of areas:

  • developmentally appropriate practices
  • curriculum and instruction
  • assessment
  • leadership
  • transition to kindergarten

Our goal is to deliver support that is responsive to families and is child-centered. Learn more about Early Childhood.

Contact Information

Main Phone: (505) 253-0320
Fax: (505) 880-8286
Email: destany.garcia@aps.edu

Mailing Address:
912 Oak St. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

Physical Address:
912 Oak St. SE Building M Albuquerque, NM 87106 Map

Department Office Staff

Staff listed by employee, with email address and phone number.
Employee Contact Information
Mary Ellen Farrelly
Director for Early Childhood
Melanie Blea
APS Pre-K Special Education
Laura Wallin
APS Preschool Manager - Preschool Coaches & Professional Development
Hilda Rivera
APS Preschool Manager - Language, Culture, and Equity
Destany Garcia
Administrative Assistant
Crystal Herrera
Data Technician
TBD
Records Technician

Department Coaches

Staff listed by employee, with email address and phone number.
Employee Contact Information
Jennifer Cunico
APS Preschool Coach
Sherril Godbolt
APS Preschool Coach
Anna Jordan
APS Preschool Coach
Michael Lovato
APS Preschool Coach
Autumn Haworth
APS Preschool Coach
Patti Odegard
APS Preschool Coach
Diana Gaiter
APS Preschool Coach