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Registration Process

Registration occurs once a child has a placement. New families interested in our preschool please read the New Family Process section below. Registration is held early in the new calendar year.

Once accepted, all registration materials required by the New Mexico State Licensing Department will be sent via email. A $150 registration fee (per child) is required as well. Please note that registration fees are still required for families interested in Tuition Assistance.

Tuition Assistance applications are due April 15, 2023. Registration fees are still required for families interested in Tuition Assistance. Please contact the office after the deadline to inquire if any funding is still available once your family has been offered a placement.

ACG does accept children who qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program through the New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department. Please click on the link below to see if you qualify: https://www.nmececd.org/child-care-assistance/


Using the information provided on your child’s registration material, every effort is made to place your child in a classroom that will be the best fit. The Director consults with the staff to make a placement decision in the best interest of, and for, the ongoing development of the child.


Applications are accepted from January 2023 to January 2024 for the 2023-2024 school year.

New families that are interested in attending A Child’s Garden Preschool need to fill out the Waitlist Application and submit a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. Please note, if you are applying for more than one child, you only have to pay the fee once. Application fee waivers are available for eligible families. Please contact the office for requirements.

Once the application is received, children are then placed on the ACG Waitlist. A confirmation email will be sent. Families who apply by February 25th, 2023 will receive an email regarding their child’s acceptance or placement on the Waitlist by March 4, 2023.

If your child remains on the Waitlist, we will email you with a placement offer when a spot becomes available that meets one of your time preferences. You have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer. We make placement offers as they occur from March 2023 through December 2023.

The application and fee to join the Waitlist is only for one school year. We do not roll the Waitlist over from year to year. If your family does not hear from us with a placement offer by January 13, 2024 you will have to reapply for the following school year.


Tours are scheduled on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:00am. This will give you a better idea of what goes on in the school as everyone is awake and doing activities. The tour lasts between 20-30 minutes.

Due to COVID-19, there are a few requirements:

  • We ask that you be fully vaccinated. The children are not fully vaccinated, and we try to limit outside contact to lessen the spread of germs.
  • We ask that you wear a mask for the duration of the tour.
  • We will have you sign in and take your temperature.
  • We ask that there be only two adults for the tour. No children (infants accepted).


The school office must be notified, in writing, 30 days prior to the first or last day enrolled for refund of pre-paid tuition. Registration fees are non-refundable.