Pre-K Curriculum

What to Expect in Pre-K

Santa Fe Public Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program provides an opportunity for children to explore, be curious and experiment as they learn through their play and through their interactions with peers, teachers and the school community. These experiences help our four-year-old students become eager and ready to attend kindergarten. Skilled early childhood teachers guide students in developing a sense of critical thinking, self-confidence and the love of learning, as well as foundational skills in literacy and language, mathematics, science and social problem solving. 

Free Pre-K for four-year-olds is open to all families in Santa Fe. Children must be 4 years old on or before August 31st of the upcoming school year. Preschool for three- and four-year old children is available at the NYE Early Childhood Center for students who qualify through Child Find.  

Certified teachers and specially trained educational assistants work in every classroom. Spanish-language instruction is available in some programs.  A consultant also supports professional development for teachers. At the start of the school year, teachers and assistants conduct Home Visits with Pre-K children and their families. Teachers schedule these meetings in advance.  

During the Home Visit, families receive the following information:

  • Our philosophy and goals;

  • The purpose of developmental assessments and other observations of student learning;

  • Expectations of teachers and parents;

  • Student dress code; and

  • How to register to receive transportation and meals.