Contact Us: prek@uwsfc.org or (505) 303-3946

To register, fill out our application: English or Spanish

Welcome to the United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune (Kaune)! Kaune is five-star accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our goal is to provide affordable high-quality full-day/ full-year childcare and PreK for working families.

We are located at 1409 Monterey Dr. in Santa Fe, NM.

Our hours of operation are 7:30am to 5:30pm. We offer PreK Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 2:30pm and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:30pm, August to May. PreK is funded by a New Mexico PreK grant and is free to all participants. Full-time care is available from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, including summer (See tuition rates, below). Meals including breakfast, lunch, and snacks are prepared on site and served family-style.


We believe each child is unique and understand the importance of building relationships with his or her family. Our team is sensitive and responsive to each child’s interests, needs, and abilities. Children are encouraged to be active and curious in play, development, and learning.

Learning areas in the bright, spacious classrooms include dramatic play, science, blocks, a writing center, book/library area, creative expression and art, math, manipulatives, music, sensory enrichment, and hands-on exploration. All children play outdoors on age-appropriate playgrounds which incorporate organic materials and nature play.

Our program in inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which recognizes children’s natural desire to learn through discovery, experimentation and exploration. Our educators work alongside children as they build upon these interests to develop classroom projects and areas of study. Children engage in meaningful activities intended to inspire joy, wonder, and curiosity, as well as to provide them with opportunities to develop their understanding of the world around them. When a child’s joyful curiosity is ignited early, that flame endures even when challenges kick in. Valued as strong, competent and resilient learners, young children who come out of our Reggio Emilia-inspired program emerge prepared for success in school and life.


Application process: United Way Early Learning Center at Kaune applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for 3- and 4-year-olds*. If space is not available, families will be placed on a waiting list.  On April 12, 2019 we will do a lottery selection for spaces in the classrooms beginning in August 2019. We also have space available in our 2019 summer program. If you’re interested in the summer program, there will be a place to indicate that on the application.

Kaune will continue to enroll children from the waiting list when space becomes available. Once a space is available, Kaune will contact wait-listed families about enrolling their child. Each family is responsible for keeping their contact information current. Staff will contact families and offer the opportunity to enroll twice. After two attempts, staff will note that the family has declined enrollment and will not call again.

*All applicants must be 3 or 4 years old as of September 1, 2019


CYFD Childcare Assistance is accepted! To learn more about childcare assistance and to see if you qualify, click HERE. The Kaune team is available to answer questions and provide help in completing the application process for CYFD Childcare Assistance.

Program Tuition for 3- and 4-year-olds

June-July 2019 and 2020, full-day $900 per month
M-F, 7:30am to 5:30pm
June-July 2019 and 2020, partial-day $630 per month
M-Th 8:30-2:30pm, F 8:30-12:30pm
August- May 2019/20, full-day, includes free PreK $630 per month
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
August-May 2019/20, PreK only FREE
Mon-Thurs 8:30am-2:30pm and
Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm

*All tuition includes meals

*Partial scholarships available for families who qualify