thank you all so much for the clothes for those kids.
The baby now has enough for a bit.
The toddler girl is decked out super cute (and can i say that i was near tears seeing her in stuff i had seen C in and then your kids in and now her *sniff*)
She was so excited trying on all the shoes.
A few of the things even fit the tiny 7 y/o girl.
Comommy - the dino stuff was the biggest hit ever!
Rach - the stuff that was between sizes for her kids either would work for Crazys N or for baby C. Thanks.
Yall are good people.
Cate - unfortunately, having worked in early childhood (and that is what my education is in) I haven't found any centers that are all day preschool. If it is all day it is a daycare.
I would look for more of a moms morning out type of thing - the best i have ever seen for more active kids are ones located inside gymnastics studios. When i taught at one it was 1.5 hours of structured dance/sports/gymnastics and then circle time and free play.
Be wary of any that tout themselves as academic as they are usually mostly forced very teacher lead instruction where there is little learning. The less "academic" usually leads to much more real learning. And with less rigid structuring there is more time for normal socialization.
If possible a NAEYC accredited center will offer the best experience as the teachers are required to have actual ECD training and not just pass a background check.
If you qualify income wise - head start is actually fantastic here. The state funded pre-k program (not based on income - is first come first served) is also wonderful.
here is one place to lookhttp://www.cabq.gov/family/childcare/
this has some ratingshttp://www.newmexicokids.org/
hopefully you can get some info there