Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

A variety of Early Childhood Programs are available to young children who live within the boundaries of the Los Lunas Schools District. All elementary schools in the district have at least one early childhood program for our young learners. Los Lunas Schools is a participant of the Public Education Department's FOCUS program.

Los Lunas Schools utilizes the FOCUS: Essential Elements of Quality to improve upon the quality of our Early Childhood Programs. The Essential Elements of Quality focus on children's growth, development, and learning with a focus on providing students with an equitable opportunity for successfully starting kindergarten. For more information on FOCUS, please click on the FOCUS icon on this page.

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There are three preschool programs currently implemented in the Los Lunas Schools. 

  • Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program (also referred to as Developmentally Delayed (DD PreK)) is for children ages 3-5 who demonstrate a need and meet the criteria for special education preschool. Students in the Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program have individualized education plans and my receive ancillary therapy or therapies.
  • New Mexico PreK is a voluntary preschool program created by the Pre-Kindergarten Act of 2005. Children who have reached their 4th birthday by September 1st are eligible to attend a PreK program. The purpose of PreK is to ensure every child in New Mexico has the opportunity to attend a high quality Early Childhood education program before kindergarten.
  • The Peer Model Program is designed for preschool children whose families are seeking a readiness program for their child prior to kindergarten. These students are role models for students participating in the Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program. Children selected for the Peer Model Program are screened and must demonstrate age appropriate social, adaptive, speech and language, fine motor and gross motor skills. They must be toilet trained.

Please review the list below to learn about the preschool programs at our elementary schools:

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Pre Kindergarten Team
Cathy Chavez
Coordinator of Federal Programs

Yvonne Warren
NM PreK Teacher
Ann Parish Elementary
Vacant
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Ann Parish Elementary
Michelle Krylowicz
DD PreK Teacher
Bosque Farms Elementary
Vacant
DD PreK Educational Assistant
Bosque Farms Elementary
Bernie Trujillo
NM PreK Teacher
Bosque Farms Elementary
Yasmine Thornell
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Bosque Farms Elementary
Brenda Parra
NM PreK Teacher
Desert View Elementary
Anna Ritter
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Desert View Elementary
Tanya Sanchez
NM PreK Teacher
Katherine Gallegos Elementary
Ashley Aragon
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Katherine Gallegos Elementary
Kristi Hayes
NM PreK Teacher
Katherine Gallegos Elementary
Kathleen Begay
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Katherine Gallegos Elementary
Alicia Carbajal
NM PreK Teacher
Los Lunas Elementary
Emilia Sarinana
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Los Lunas Elementary
Rosalinda Gomez
DD PreK Educational Assistant
Los Lunas Elementary
Kimberly Haffner
DD PreK Educational Assistant
Los Lunas Elementary
Kristie Skinner
DD PreK Teacher
Los Lunas Elementary
Kelly Padilla
NM PreK Teacher
Peralta Elementary
Michelle Smith
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Peralta Elementary
Suzanne Cox
NM PreK Teacher
Raymond Gabaldon Elementary
Desiree Gallegos
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Raymond Gabaldon Elementary
Cheyenna Yates
NM PreK Teacher
Sundance Elementary
Casey Powers
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Sundance Elementary
Keri VanVleet
DD PreK Teacher
Tomé Elementary
Alysha Gonzales
DD PreK Educational Assistant
Tomé Elementary
Denise Black
NM PreK Teacher
Tomé Elementary
Brittany Sullivan
NM PreK Educational  Assistant
Tomé Elementary
Carmen Alvarez
NM PreK Teacher
Valencia Elementary
Arianna Barela
NM PreK Educational Assistant
Valencia Elementary
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