Heights Christian Preschool Day Care Albuquerque NM
about.

Heights Christian Preschool & Day Care began in 1978 as a "Mothers Day Out" program and it has excelled into our current program, which not only provides care for children ages 8 weeks - 5 year old, but also provides before / after care for Kindergarten through 5th grade students attending Comanche / Governor Bent Elementary schools. Heights is licensed for 139 children at this time. We believe what sets us apart from other centers is our staff, who are all wonderful, reliable and claim Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. To comply with state regulations, Heights teachers have taken the State required 45-hour Childcare Entry Level course and they continue to receive the required hours of childcare training each year.

Heights believes that learning is empowered by our belief in Christ by developing an atmosphere where Christian learning and curriculum interact together with a qualified and caring staff that encourages children on a daily basis. We believe the different stages of growth and development are unique to each child individually, working hand in hand providing an encouraging environment through play and positive interaction. Finally, it is our goal to build self esteem, responsibility and well-balanced choices for each child's future success.

We believe that children learn best in a nurturing, safe, and loving environment. We want to partner with parents to help equip them with the knowledge and experience to raise children who are happy, well adjusted and caring adults. Our program encourages the following:
  • Age appropriate curriculum
  • Planned learning and age appropriate free play with choices.
  • Ongoing training and professional development for staff.
  • A learning environment that promotes an opportunity to explore each child's individuality through worship, sensory motor, music, exercise, reading, art, science, math and language arts.
  • Open communication with parents, teachers and staff.
  • A clean and safe environment.
  • We believe that play is the primary mode of learning.

testimonials.

"Our family was truly led to Heights Christian Day Care. Having our children at HCDC has been the foundation we’ve always wanted for them. Here they are placed in a safe and caring environment with a team of teachers that nurture our children’s learning and faith in God. We love Heights Christian Day Care!"
- The Green Family


"My child has attended Heights Christian Day Care and Pre-school since he was 2 years old and fresh into day care. He is now in 2nd grade and attending the before and after school program. Him being my first and only child, I am beyond pleased with the care, love and learning that he has received over all these years. From being potty trained in less than a week to learning how to hold a pencil and write to worship sessions daily to learn just the right amount of the Bible for a child his age. The longevity of each staff member really helps make the experience so much more comforting. All the staff is so nice, personal and truly treat us like family. I recommend Heights Christian Day Care and Pre-school to EVERYONE!"
- The Reinert Family


"Heights Christian Daycare has been a blessing to our family for generations. I attended Heights as a child and have such fond memories of my time there. When it came time for my husband and I to choose a daycare for our children, we knew that Heights was the only choice for us. When I leave my children at Heights I am confident they are safe and loved by every single staff member there. Heights is like a second home for our children where they are nurtured and the foundations of their faith grow stronger everyday. Our children were well prepared for elementary school thanks to the academic preparation in the 2's-4's classes and they continue to thrive in the school age environment. This is a truly special place!"
- The Morrow Family


"Our daughter has been going to Heights Christian daycare for about 4 years. It has become a second home to us and the staff has become our second family. They encourage our daughter everyday and help her to create a strong sense of self esteem. The staff is always willing to go the extra mile to help our family especially with prayer. Thanks to the teachers and staff at Heights Christian we feel a little bit better about leaving our daughter every day because we know she is in the hands of caring professionals who cherish her (almost as much as we do) and seem to understand how much we must miss her every day. HCD is one of the greatest decisions we have ever made for our daughter."
- The Autry Family


meet our staff.


Preschool Day Care Director
Hi, my name is Carol Baird and I have had the honor of serving at Heights Christian Preschool & Day Care since 1987. I started as a teacher in the nursery and have since worked in all the classrooms. I now serve as the Director and have been since 2007. It has always been my heart’s desire to serve my Lord and to use my passion and gift in working with children and their parents. The position of Director was passed on to me by the founders of this ministry and we are still very close friends. I have seen several generations of families grow up at Heights and pray for not only those families but my staff as well. Those grown children come back with their own children to begin new adventures with us. I am blessed to have four children and 3 beautiful grandchildren, which I enjoy traveling to visit and play with several times through the year (never enough!) It is my goal and desire to send out all children to the world knowing Jesus and being ready for the adventure of life.




Preschool Day Care Assistant Director
Hi! My name is Barbara Scales and I am the Assistant Director at Heights Christian Preschool & Day Care, but I am also the Administrative Assistant in the Church Office and the Pastor’s wife. My husband Mark and I have been married since 1986 and we had the pleasure of raising two young men. I started here in the day care ministry in 2012 as a floating teacher in the afternoons, specifically working with the after school program with the elementary children, as well as the 2’s and 4’s programs. In 2014, I switched roles to help in the Day Care office. Children bring joy to my life and I am honored to serve you and your family.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Martha Tsoodle and I have been with Heights since 2002. I am currently the Supervisor of the 4’s program and have solely worked with the 4’s all these years. I find working with the 4 & 5 year olds very rewarding. They make me laugh and are always so loving. I am continuing my education by taking Early Childhood classes as I truly believe God has me where He wants me to be. I’ve been married to my husband Jay since 1987 and we have 3 wonderful children, two of whom are married now and one in college. Our oldest is graduating from UNM Medical School in 2017.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hello, my name is Terri Lopez and I have worked at Heights since 2001, starting in the 2’s and now a 4’s teacher and School Kids Supervisor. I grew up at Heights in the school kids program while my mother worked as a supervisor in the 3’s program, so working at Heights has been my joy since I myself grew up here. Not only do I teach here, but also I am gifted with the creativity to make special banners and posters for the day care and church. I have been married to my wonderful husband Beatle since 2000 and we have 3 amazing children, Toby, Quincy, and Emi, who have all grown up here and are able to finish the program. I am strongly involved in my church at New Beginning Crestview, where I participate in the Women’s Bible studies and children’s ministry.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hello, I’m Lisa Kaiser. I have been working with children for 19+ years. We are a military family and moved from Northwest Florida to New Mexico 2 years ago. My husband and I have 2 amazing boys ages 13 and 19. Since being stationed in New Mexico, I have had the privilege of working with the 2 year olds at Sandia Baptist Church and now here with Heights Christian. I absolutely adore children and can’t wait to make a difference in your little one’s life.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Amie Shepherd and I have worked with preschool children since 1994. I have been with Heights since 2008. I am currently working on my Child Development Associates degree to further my education. I also received my National Administrators Credential in February 2016. I am also a member of the American Medical Technologists since 1999. I am blessed to have my husband David and 2 wonderful boys. We enjoy spending time together, reading my Bible, attending our Church here at Heights, and camping. It is a privilege to work with small children and be able to teach them about Jesus.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hi, I’m Beth Williams and I have had the joy of working with children at Heights since 1989. I have worked in all the areas from nursery to school age children. I also do various duties from shopping to watering plants around the campus. The children have given me the nickname “Bethy Bear” because of my love and collection of bears. The children give me so much joy and it brings a smile to my face to see them every day. I truly enjoy teaching the children about the love of Jesus. On my off time, I am involved as a member here at Heights Christian, I attend Bible Study Fellowship, and I love to go to workshops to better myself as a teacher.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hi, I’m Flor Suriano and I have been working with children since 1982 and have worked solely with 2 year olds. I started here at Heights Christian in 1996 and have been here ever since. I do enjoy working with children, potty training them, teaching them and being able to see a lot of my students come back to visit me. I have been a Christian for 30 years and I am thankful for His presence in my life. I am happily married to my husband Elias whom the children like to call Amigo. In my spare time, I love to scrapbook and get crafts for my children at school.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hello, I’m Elaine Herrera and I’ve been here at Heights Christian since October of 2013. I have worked with children from infants to 5 years old. These last few years, I have worked specifically with the 3 & 4 year olds. I am a mother to 5 children, sister to 6 siblings, and it is my hope that I could be a grandmother. In my spare time I help feed the homeless and I take an art class. I do find joy just being at home enjoying my time there.






Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hi! My name is Viry Gutierrez and I’ve been working at Heights since 2015. I started in the school kids and then had an opportunity to work with the younger children, specifically the 2 year olds. I am now working in the nursery and I truly enjoy what I do. It is a blessing to see them grow and make strides as they learn to hold their heads up, turn over, sit on their own, and then to start taking their first steps. I attend a Spanish speaking, Bible based church where I am challenged to grow in my faith and I like to spend my extra time shopping.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hello, my name is MariCarmen Vazquez. I started working at Heights in 2016 and it has been my pleasure to serve in the nursery, 2 and 3 years old, and now in the toddlers. I am active at my church, Amistad Cristiana, which meets here at Heights. I also serve in the church nursery. My husband and I have been married since 2005 and we have 3 beautiful children. I have been a Christian since 2009 and I love my Lord Jesus Christ. I believe I am working where God wants me and I want to do what He asks of me.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hi! My name is Amy O'Brien and I started working at Heights in 2016. I am a Teacher's Assistant in the Dancing Dinosaurs and I also work in the Toddlers, Angels, Penguins, and School Kids. I am the youngest of 3 and my brothers are Peter and Chris. I began my walk with Christ at 7 years old. I've been going to church my whole life. In my free time I like to hike, bike, fish, play video games, watch movies, and hang out with my friends from church. I also love to read, especially my Bible.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Angela Carrillo and I started here at Heights in 2003. I had to take a break due to my son’s illness and have since returned in 2016. I am currently working in the school age department in the afternoons. I was previously a teacher in our 3’s program. I am a single mother with two sons, Angelo and Javier. I also take care of my mother Dolores, who also used to work here at Heights as a teacher. My entire life is surrounded around my sons and mother. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and have walked with Him for a majority of my life. Though my life has been difficult I know that my God is bigger.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hello, my name is Jeni Chavira and I have been working in child care since 1990, and just recently came on staff at Heights in April of 2017. I have worked primarily with children 3 years old and older and truly love the joy children bring to my life. I was born again at the age of 9 and have spent my life serving the Lord from being a Sunday School teacher to Music Minister and even Camp Administration. My husband Paul and I have been married since 2002. We do not have any children of our own, but have 2 young adults who call us Mom and Dad – they are the children of our hearts. In my spare time I have craft A.D.D. I love knitting, embroidery, or any fiber art. My husband and I belong to a medieval reenactment group called the Society of Creative Anachronism. It is something we do can do together.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Marisol Terrazas and I just started working at Heights in March 2017. This is my first time working in a preschool and it has been the best experience ever. I enjoy working with children. I have 3 nieces and 3 nephews, with whom I love very much. I am the youngest in my family and my sister MariCarmen is also a teacher here at Heights. I accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior in 2015 and it has been the best decision of my life. I know that God has a purpose in my life and I believe He put me here for a reason.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Nubia Suarez and I started working at Heights in March 2017. I work primarily in the Nursery and Toddler rooms. I accepted the Lord in 2012 and am involved in my church, God’s House. I am married and have 5 children. My step-daughters (Aakyvah, Marlynae, Marisha), my son Marlon Jr. and daughter Marliyanna. In our spare time, we like to do outdoor activities such as play baseball, go to the various New Mexico parks and lakes, or just visit the Rio Grande. I also enjoy painting.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hi! My name is Amie Lopez and I’ve been working at Heights since May 2017. I have been working in the nursery, 2 year olds and with the 4’s as well. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior in 2012. I knew Him but truly gave my life over to Him. I am married to my husband Nathan and we have 3 children, Aaliyah, Jaden and Aalyssa. During my spare time I really enjoy couponing and spending time with my family.






Preschool Day Care Teacher
Hello, my name is Dora Rodriguez and I started working at Heights in June 2017. I work primarily in the 4’s program and have worked in child care since 1997. I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ in my life at a young age. I was involved in the church choir and taught children’s classes. I have been married since 1986 and became a grandparent just recently. In my spare time I like to read, crafts, bicycling and word search.