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Early Childhood Education

Presbyterian offers many program designed to care for the youngest members of our community, which are free to eligible families. By working closely with children as well as their parents and educators, our programs encourage the growth and development of children from birth until they are 5 years old. The program focuses on offering guidance, education, and support in early learning, health, and family well-being.

Education programs in Early Childhood Services include:

  • Parent Education/Home Visiting: This Early Childhood Service is designed for parents and guardians of children from birth through 5 years of age. This includes adoptive parents and teen parents, as well as expectant parents. The goals are to provide educational services and child development guidance, to ensure babies are born healthy, and to keep children safe and sound. Children’s psychological, emotional, and mental health are all addressed and parents are taught how to nurture their children through community support to ensure children are ready for school. This program is built on the belief that a parent is their child’s first and most important teacher.
  • Early Head Start: This federally funded program promotes academic readiness by helping children through their social and cognitive development by employing educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services. The program also helps parents reach their full potential for their personal, educational, or vocational goals. Early Head Start is available to pregnant women and their children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old.
  • Head Start: To enroll in Presbyterian Medical Services’ Head Start center-based programming, children must turn 3 prior before August 31/September 1 of that academic year, and the maximum age is 5 years.
  • Pre-K: Our Pre-K program consists of direct services to 4-year-old children who will attend kindergarten the following year, providing developmentally appropriate activities for parental involvement. New Mexico Pre-K is a voluntary program funded by the state of New Mexico. It is designed to increase access to high-quality pre-K programs, help children through developmentally appropriate services, and it focuses on academic readiness.

For more information or to find a service location near you, please call 1-800-477-7633.