NMSU School for Young Children

Laboratory School Description

NMSU School for Young Children (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 HEST and from other various disciplines within the university. In addition, we are a research site for our college students and faculty. As a practicum site, each of our classrooms can serve college students in earning their practicum hours. 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. Families, students, and faculty may observe the classroom environments.


The NMSU SFYC serves children ages 2-5 from student, faculty, staff, and community families. We are a year-round program with four classrooms. Our classrooms are divided into tuition based and state-funded as shown below:

Tuition Based Classroom:

  • Turtles-Day Care Program serving children aged 2 to 3 & 1/2 year-olds

State-Funded Pre-K Classrooms:

  • Bobcats-Early PreK Program serving children aged 3 to 4 year-olds
  • Roadrunners-Mixed Age Pre-K Program serving children aged 3 to 5 year-olds
  • Wolves-Pre-K Program serving children aged 4 to 5 year-olds

NMSU SFYC is located at Myrna’s Children’s Village, on the corner of Williams Street and Sam Steel Way inside of Cervantes Village.


Program Philosophy

NMSU SFYC is based on a child-centered learning approach, inspired by the practices of the municipal infant/toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This approach inspires us to view each child, family and teacher as strong and ready to learn. Our practice is rooted in the belief that an effective program is possible only through the partnership and collaboration between teachers, families and children. We strive to create a beautiful and comfortable environment where children, teachers and families are given the guidance and freedom to fulfill their potential.

To view our full Philosophy, please view page 8 of our Family Handbook (link below)


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.

More information

For more information on our program or to schedule visit before enrolling please visit our external website. More information about our program is also listed in our Family Handbook. If you have any additional questions regarding our program, please reach out to the Myrna's Children's Village Administration.

Families who wish to enter their children on the NMSU SFYC waiting list should fill out the waitlist form at the QR code below. As space becomes available, families are contacted to discuss the enrollment process and schedule a school visit. 

 English Waitlist Application  Spanish Waitlist Form