Parents/families, who are their child’s first and primary teacher, are encouraged to participate in our programs. We are committed to valuing and embracing all families and involving them and the community to become partners and decision makers
Are certified by the state and meet all the NM child care requirements;
Receive in-depth training such as S’cool Moves and the learning/movement connection which gives our teachers further insight on child development and childcare.
Receive professional development opportunities through both in-house and off-site trainings such as Zoo-phonics for multi-sensory phonics.
Complete yearly training days to continually enhance their skills and knowledge in all areas of child development and the classroom setting.
Parent "Open Door" Policy
Ashley’s Garden operates on an ‘open door policy’ which means we welcome you at any time. You are invited to bring in grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, brother, and sisters to visit also. If you have a hobby or special talent you would like to share with us, please speak with our Director so we might share this with all the children.
We welcome volunteers in the classroom; however, if a parent volunteers more than five times a semester, a CYFD background/fingerprint check will need to be completed. Please check with the Director for more information.
Three scheduled parent conferences (Fall, Spring, end of the year) are held each year to provide a forum for open communication between our staff and our parents. In addition, the Director and teachers welcome all comments, opinions or concerns at any time throughout the year. We understand there is nothing more important than one’s children or grandchildren; and therefore, we believe a close relationship between our teachers and our parents is essential.
Each spring semester, Ashley’s Garden offers ‘Science With My Partner’. ‘Science With My Partner’ is a relaxed, fun activity for parents and children to work together to create a science experiment for their class. It introduces many concepts of science and provides an opportunity for parents and children to work collaboratively.
Parents typically have a great time with this, and it helps to build your child’s confidence. It’s also a fun introduction to public speaking in a safe, supportive environment while also introducing some basic science. Who knows? There may be a small Albert Einstein just waiting to blossom!
Parent Conferences & Involvement
Food & Allergies
Ashley’s Garden is certified and inspected by the NM Health Department as well as the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. We provide breakfast, lunch, and snack for each child each day. All snacks will meet the federal requirements for USDA and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) health recommendations. Food is vended through the Las Cruces Public School system.
Dressing for School
Transportation & Field Trips
Casual, comfortable, “soft” clothing such as sweat pants and shirts are best for our preschool. We do not require gym clothing, but do suggest shorts be worn under dresses due to our many physical activities. For the pool, a swimsuit and towel are required. Your child may also bring goggles if they prefer wearing goggles while in the water. Our pool temperature is maintained at 89°, so we swim year-round regardless of the temperature outside. Rain or shine, we’re fine!
We also ask that an extra set of clothing be left in the child’s cubby in case of a spill or accident. Tennis shoes are best for footwear. It is recommended that long hair be pulled back from the face, if possible, due to our physical activities. Napping children need to bring a small blanket and pillow incased in an easy to carry bag. Since children are to be completely potty trained, no “pull-ups” are to be worn while in Ashley’s Garden.
Ashley’s Garden will offer a few field trips each year. Parents will be given notice with a signed request form for permission to ride in our company vans. Most of our extracurricular activities are housed within Gym Magic, and as such, students remain on campus.
Call 575.523.1616 to speak with our friendly staff or leave a message on our Contact Page