The State of New Mexico PreK Initiative
New Mexico PreK is a voluntary program funded by the state of New Mexico. The PreK program began in 2005 to ensure that every child in New Mexico has the opportunity to attend a high quality early childhood education program before going to kindergarten.
The Purpose of New Mexico PreK
- Increase access to voluntary high-quality pre-kindergarten programs
- Provide developmentally appropriate activities for New Mexico children
- Expand early childhood community capacity
- Support linguistically and culturally appropriate curriculum
- Focus on school readiness
Teachers carefully plan indoor and outdoor activities based on what children need to learn in seven areas:
- Listening, language, reading, and writing
- Counting, shapes, sorting and measuring
- Coordination, hygiene, health, and well-being
- Art, music, and movement
- Independence, problem-solving, thinking and perseverance
- Appropriate behavior, social skills and being a part of a group
You won’t see children sitting quietly at desks in a PreK classroom. PreK children are active – busy – working.