Kaune

Contact Us: prek@growingupnm.org or (505) 303-3950

To register, fill out our application: English or Spanish

Welcome to the Early Learning Center at Kaune! Kaune is five-star accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our goal is to provide affordable high-quality full-day/ full-year childcare and PreK for working families.

We are located at 1409 Monterey Dr. in Santa Fe, NM.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm.

We offer two schedule options.

  • Core Hours schedule: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday – Thursday and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Extended Hours schedule: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM on all operating school days.

There are a limited number of FREE New Mexico Pre-K spots available for the Core Hours Schedule.

Meals, including breakfast, lunch, and snacks are prepared on site and served family-style.

Please see below for detailed tuition information.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe each child is unique in their experiences, strengths, and perspectives of the world around them. We recognize that a child’s family is a critical component of their development. We have an open-door policy which welcomes families into our program to share their traditions and interests or simply to spend a bit of time in the classroom with their child.

We offer Dual Language classrooms that aim to provide instruction in both English and Spanish evenly throughout the day. Our classrooms are also inspired by the Anti-Bias curriculum which celebrates all differences. Children are encouraged to be active and curious in their own learning and development.

Learning areas in the bright, spacious classrooms include dramatic play, science, blocks, a writing center, book/library area, creative expression and art, math, manipulatives, music, sensory enrichment, and hands-on exploration. All children play outdoors on age-appropriate playgrounds which incorporate organic materials and nature play.

Our program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which recognizes children’s natural desire to learn through discovery, experimentation and exploration. Our educators work alongside children as they build upon these interests to develop classroom projects and areas of study. When a child’s joyful curiosity is ignited early, that flame endures even when challenges kick in. Valued as strong, competent and resilient learners, young children who come out of our Reggio Emilia-inspired program emerge prepared for success in school and life.

Application process for 2021-2022 school year (August 2021 – May 2022):

*All applicants must be 3 or 4 years old as of September 1, 2021

We are now accepting applications for 3- and 4-year olds* for the 2021-2022 school year! For best consideration, submit your application before April 30, 2021. All applications received by this date will be entered into the lottery.

Some applicants are given priority status in the application process. Priority status does not guarantee a spot in our program No more than 10% of all available spaces will be filled by these priority applicants. Once 10% of all spaces are filled, the rest of applicants within the priority pool will be added to the rest of the applications for the final lottery. Priority status does not guarantee a spot in our program.

  • Priority status is applied to:
    • Children who have participated in one of our programs such as First Born Program OR Family, Friends, and Neighbors Program
    • Children who have a sibling who previously attended the Early Learning Center at Kaune or another of our preschool programs

The lottery will be drawn on May 3, 2021. Families will receive notification of the lottery results by May 17, 2021. Each family is responsible for keeping their contact information current.

If your child is selected to attend Kaune, you will be contacted by phone.

If your child is NOT selected to attend Kaune, s/he will be placed on the waitlist and will be sent a letter by mail.

Staff will attempt to contact a family twice. After two attempts, staff will note that the family has declined enrollment and will not call again.

All applications received after April 30th, 2021 will be added to the end of the wait list in the order they are received.

If you are interested in the 2021 Summer Program (core hours and extended hours during June and July), please indicate on your application.

*All tuition includes meals

*Partial scholarships available for families who qualify

2021-2022 Tuition

4 years old by Sept. 1, 2021

Core hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday – Thursday and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 1 PM ; Hours may change

FREE (limited spaces available)

Extended hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm

$630/ month

3 years old by Sept. 1, 2021

Core hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday – Thursday and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 1 PM ; Hours may change

FREE (limited spaces available)

Extended hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm

$630/ month

Summer Program, June and July 2021

Core hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday – Thursday and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 1 PM ; Hours may change

$630/ month

Extended hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm

$840/ month

ECECD Childcare Assistance is accepted! To learn more about childcare assistance and to see if you qualify, click HERE.  Other financial assistance may be available if there is a demonstrated need. A member of the Kaune office team will contact you upon receipt of your application to confirm placement on our lottery/wait list. They will be available to discuss all payment options at that time.

*Partial scholarships available for families who qualify