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Child Development Center


Welcome to the New Mexico Highlands University School of Education Child Development Center for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This program provides a safe, nurturing environment for children by offering many creative and stimulating activities. The center serves children of Highlands students, staff, faculty and the local community. The center is approved by the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth, and Families (CYFD).

The center's curriculum is designed to be "developmentally appropriate," physically stimulating, and socially, cognitively, emotionally, and culturally exciting. We live in a multicultural community and our program reflects the beauty and diversity of our cultures and traditions.

Daily activities include:

  • Water and sand play
  • Reading stories
  • Dramatic play
  • Music and movement
  • Quiet time for rest
  • Blocks and manipulatives use
  • Physical and natural science
  • Exploration
  • Creative art projects
  • Free time outside
  • Parent involvement and support activities

A partnership between parents and caregivers is what makes our program work! We ask parents to visit and observe often. We encourage communication between our staff and parents daily, so we can work together to meet the needs of our children.

New Mexico Highlands Child Care Center follows the Highlands' student calendar. We close for official holidays, spring break and between semesters. We also close if classes are canceled due to weather conditions.

Nutrition Program
Our center participates in the Child Care Food Program. We serve a nutritious breakfast, a hot noon meal, and an afternoon snack every day. Nutrition education is part of our program. Good eating habits are encouraged and children often participate in the preparation of snacks or part of a meal.

The Early Childhood Multicultural Center announces the sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. All children enrolled in a child care program will be offered the same meals with no physical segregation of, or other discriminatory action against any adult because of race, color, age, national origin, sex or disability. If you feel you have been discriminated against, write immediately to:

USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,
Room 326- W, Whitten Building,
1400 Independence Ave., SW,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD).

Children participants enrolled in a child day care program and who are members of food stamp households or who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible for free benefits.

IMPORTANT: Parents who need assistance to pay their child care services should contact the local Child Care Bureau at the New Mexico Human Services Department.

The program and professional staff all have extensive training and experience in early childhood education. The support staff includes experienced teacher aides, student workstudy aides, and volunteers from the Foster Grandparent Program and the United World College.

Staff development includes attendance at regular training conferences and workshops for the core staff and an on-site training program for student aides and new staff.

Contact information
Diane Luna, Director
1121 San Francisco,
Box 9000
Las Vegas, NM 87701

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