Santa Fe Public Schools Early Childhood Program

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SFPS offers free services to 3 and 4-year-old children. We offer half-day programs for 3Y students at Nye Early Childhood Center and full-day PreK in 14 different school sites. Classes are offered Monday-Thursday with no school on Friday.

In our Early Childhood program, children learn through play. We provide an inviting learning environment that allows children to learn through self-guided exploration. We also offer developmentally appropriate, teacher-supported activities that encourage independence, self-control, creativity, and critical thinking.

Early Preschool (3 Y Program)

  • Children must be 3 years old on or before August 31st of the upcoming school year

  • Half-day program with the option of AM and PM

  • Services offered at Nye Early Childhood Center

Preschool (4 Y program)

  • Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31st of the upcoming school year

  • Full-day program

  • Services offered at :

    • Amy Biehl

    • Aspen**

    • Atalaya

    • Cesar Chavez

    • EJ Martinez

    • El Camino Real

    • Kearny

    • Nava

    • Nina Otero

    • Nye EC Center

    • Pinon

    • Ramirez Thomas

    • Salazar

    • Sweeney

    ** Aspen Community School offers free aftercare and Friday care to a limited number of families. Please call the school directly for more information.

Upcoming Events

Reading and Singing with Eric Litwin

May 21st and 22nd, 2022

Come read and sing with us! Eric Litwin will join us, the # 1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series, The Nuts, Groovy Joe, and The Poop Song.

Join in one of our six presentations!

Eric Litwin

Registration for Eric Litwin's event is encouraged. Sign up here!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Nye EC Center

3160 Agua Fria; Sana Fe, NM 87507

9:00 am

10:30 am
1:00 pm

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

El Camino Real Academy

2500 S. Meadows Rd.; Santa Fe, NM 87507

9:00 am
10:30 am

1:00 pm

EJ Invitations

Early PreK and PreK Calendar

SFPS follows the District's school calendar with few exceptions. Please refer to the PreK calendar for detailed information. Note that classes are offered Monday-Thursday only.

Family Handbook

For more information on policies and procedures refer to the Early Childhood Family Handbook.

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What you need to know

  • All families interested in a preschool program will submit an online Preschool Application.  

  • To be eligible, children must meet the program's age criteria on or before August 31st of the upcoming school year.

  • All our sites have a maximum enrollment; thus completing an application does not guarantee enrollment. Seats are offered based on a lottery; children applying to their school zone during the lottery window will get priority. 

  • The application window is from February 1st to March 30th at 11:59 p.m. 

  • All applications submitted during this window will be part of the Preschool Student Lottery that will take place on April 14, 2022, and results will be emailed to all applicants. Please check your spam folder. If you have questions or haven't received an email please contact the Data Dept. at (505) 467-4111 or email them at transfer@sfps.k12.nm.us.

  • Applications received after 11:59 p.m. on March 30th, 2022 will be placed on a waitlist in the order they are received.

  • Transportation is available to children attending Pre-K in their neighborhood school zone. Families must transport their children to PreK classes, not in their neighborhood school.

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How to Apply

1. Fill out an application (link to the right for current school year). A confirmation number will be sent to you. Parent(s)/guardians may select two schools within the Preschool Application form. If there are two distinct classrooms (e.g. bilingual and English only) in one school site, families may apply for the specific program of their choice. If a second Preschool Application form is submitted, the first one will be removed.

2. Results will be emailed to all applicants. If your child receives a seat, you will receive an email and will have to accept with in ten (10) calendar days. You must provide a valid ID to accept your student's placement. If acceptance is not completed after the ten calendar days, you forfeit the seat.

3. After your acceptance letter is stamped, you will go to www.sfps.info to complete online registration. You will submit a New Student Registration form.

4. To complete registration, you will then go to the assigned school to register your child. You will need stamped acceptance, birth certificate, valid parent or guardian's photo ID, up to date immunization record, two proofs of residency, and Tribal Membership documentation (if applicable).

**SFPS PreK program seats are contingent upon State funding

PreK Lottery for 2022-2023- NOW OPEN

English Application

Spanish Application

**Lottery results will be emailed to families. Please check SPAM folder. If you have questions or need assistance please call

505-467-4111.

PreK Lottery Frequently Ask Questions

If you have questions regarding lottery results please read the following Q&A. You can also call (505)467-4111 or email at transfer@sfps.k12.nm.us

Frequently Ask Questions

Preguntas Frequentes

For more information

  • For half-day Early Preschool, contact Nye Early Childhood Center at (505) 467-4600

  • For more information about the Preschool program, please get in touch with Amy Casados at 467-2547 or acasados@sfps.k12.nm.us

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