Open from 7:00am to 5:30pm for infants and toddlers under two years of age.

​Open from 6:30am to 6:00pm for children two to five years of age.

  • Observation-based assessments
  • ​Portfolios that include child's work and developmental milestones
  • Thematic units that encourage curiosity and self-direction
  • Hands-on activities designed to develop math and science skills
  • Small group activities
  • ​Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • ​Books read daily to enhance language development

​Zia's NATIONALLY ACCREDITED (National Early Childhood Program Accreditation NECPA) Child Care and Development Program provides an inclusive, safe, fun place where children can learn and grow. We have a beautiful playground that is grassy, shady and accessible to all children. And all that activity works up a big appetite! Zia serves breakfast, lunch and snacks at no added cost to families. Meals are cooked onsite and are nutritious and delicious. They are served family style, with children learning to serve themselves and take part in the clean-up. 

​Our well-designed classrooms are clean and bright and are equipped with video cameras to help ensure safety for all. 

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation

Child Care and Development Program

Nationally Accredited through the

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation

​Young children learn best in the context of meaningful, day-to-day interactions with adults and other children. They learn by building on what they already know and through play and repetition. They learn by doing. They are energetic, inquisitive, enthusiastic, and filled with wonder about the world around them. They are eager to learn and every activity is an opportunity for learning. 

​Our hands-on approach to early childhood education takes advantage of young children's natural abilities and interests. Children have enormous energy and they don't enjoy sitting for long periods of time. Our teachers plan and present activities that can be done while children move around. Our classroom learning centers encourage children to actively explore their environment. 

​Our Early Childhood Educators use the Focused Portfolio assessment process to follow the development of each child. As children achieve new developmental milestones, the information is recorded and shared with the family. The information gained from this assessment process is used to design curriculum and learning instruction specific to each child. 

NM Early Childhood Education & Care Department