NMSU School for Young Children

Laboratory School Description

NMSU SFYC is a laboratory school that serves as a training and research site for New Mexico State University. We offer field experiences for students in the College of Education and from other various disciplines within the university. In addition, we are a research site for our college students and faculty. As practicum sites, each of our classrooms can serve up to 15 college students per semester. The presence of the practicum students in our classrooms adds a unique experience for the children and the classroom educators, which allows us to support small group sizes and individualized attention for all.


The NMSU School for Young Children (NMSU SFYC) serves children ages 2-5 from student, faculty, staff, and community families. We are a nine-month program that runs while NMSU is in session. Our four classrooms are:

  • The Turtles—a full day program serving 2-3 ½ year-olds
  • The Wolves—a full day program serving 3 ½ to 5-year-olds
  • The Bobcats—a state-funded, extended day Early PreK Program for 3-year-olds
  • The Roadrunners—a state-funded, half day PreK Classroom for 4-year-olds.

Families who wish to obtain more information and/or enter their children on the NMSU SFYC waiting list should call 646-1651. As space becomes available, families are contacted to discuss the enrollment process and schedule a school visit. NMSU SFYC is located at Myrna’s Children’s Village, on the corner of Williams and Sam Steele.


Program Philosophy

The NMSU SFYC is based on a philosophy of child-centered learning. The school is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophies of education and the Developmental Interaction Approach. We strive to respect and support the natural stages of a child’s social and emotional, physical, and cognitive development. It is our belief that children develop concepts about themselves, others, and the world by interacting through play.


Our practice is rooted in the belief that an effective program is possible only through partnership and collaboration between teachers, families, children, and the community. Our teachers are learning facilitators who create environments that expose children to the many learning possibilities that arise through their interests.  We work closely with each child’s family to establish a relationship that gives the child a secure base from which to explore and learn. Each of our classrooms is organized into interest areas that reflect elements of the child’s world and provide a vehicle for exploring integrated concepts.