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The Sprouts classroom serves children ages 13-24 months.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a releif from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers


A day in the life of a Sprout

7:00 -7:30 -early arrival/ free play

7:30-8:00 – Greet families and children

8:00-8:30 – clean and wash up

8:30-9:00 – Breakfast

9:00-9:30 – diaper changing/ story time

9:30-10:00 – curriculum/ free play

10:00-11:00 – outside play

11:00-11:15 – circle time

11:15- 11:25 – Handwashing

11:30-11:45 – Lunch (longer if needed)

11:45-12:15 – Diaper Changing

12:15- 2:00 – nap (longer if needed)

2:00-2:45 – snack/ diaper changing

3:00-4:00 – outside play on the small playground

4:00-4:30 – diaper changing/free play

4:30-4:45 – late snack

4:45-5:00 – afternoon circle

5:00-6:00 – free play inside and out, family pick-up

Meet the teachers

Hi my name is Beverly Casados. I have worked in early childcare for fifteen years. I have worked with children from the ages of one to 15. I also have two children of my own, a son and a daughter. I am looking forward to caring for and working with your children as they learn and grow.


Hi, I’m Kathe Jones. The first time I worked at La Puerta was in the early 70’s, returning this time in March of  2012. I have been recycled through this school many times as a substitute, a floater, a Pumkin Eater, and a Peacock teacher. I went to UNM and majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am originally from New York, but I’ve lived here for about 40 years. I consider New Mexico to be my home. I have more than 20 years experience as a teacher. I am proud to be a teacher here and look forward to my time as a Sprout.


Hello Sprouts! My name is Sandra Gonzales. I have been working in child care since 2001 and have worked with all ages from 6 weeks to 12 years. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of two. I love working with children and I am enjoying working with your Sprouts. I am currently enrolled at CNM working towards my degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. It has been a slow process but I am determined to finish. Please feel free to talk to me at any time!