Nob Hill Early Childhood Center
Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten
105 South Sutton Drive
Ruidoso, NM 88345
Phone: (575) 257-9041
Fax: (575) 257-3689
The Nob Hill Early Childhood Center houses programs for three and four-year-old children with developmental delays, Region IX Head Start, Region IX Community Play Group and, of course, RMSD’s full-day Kindergarten. The directors of each of these programs along with the principal of the kindergarten work closely to provide a seamless education for students ages birth through five.
Teachers, instructional assistants, and specialists work together to provide optimal educational opportunities. Speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, bilingual program staff, a counselor, a Native American liaison, art and music teachers, and others work closely with the teaching staff to provide a well-rounded early childhood curriculum.
Students are taught using developmentally appropriate materials and strategies, as the NHECC features thematic learning and active participation in hands-on learning activities. Kindergarten is part of a District-Wide Elementary School Balanced Literacy Initiative and also uses a core reading program to build a strong foundation for reading. Math Investigations has been adopted in grades K-5 and will be implemented in 2012-13. This program encourages teachers and students to explore mathematical ideas through a deeper understanding of key mathematical concepts and an in-depth study of all the Common Core Standards of mathematics.
NHECC has implemented the new state-adopted CCSS (Common Core State Standards) in the year 2012. Click here to see the kindergarten CCSS. Kindergarten report cards are aligned to the CCSS as is daily instruction. Click here to see a sample kindergarten report card.
The kindergarten program at NHECC offers rigorous instruction and assessment. Short Cycle assessment measures include: DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Learning Skills) and Discovery, as well as other curriculum-based assessments. Instructional decisions are based on data, as student-data is discussed frequently using the PLC (professional learning community) format. NHECC uses a three tier model and RtI (Response to Intervention) framework to adjust instruction to student-learning needs. Through use of the SAT (Student Assistance Team) procedures, students’ specific intervention strategies are implemented and monitored. Click here to see our SAT brochure. Time is provided for our teachers every Wednesday afternoon to have professional development as well as PLC discussions.
Attendance is taken daily at NHECC. Regular student attendance is essential for student success. Click here to see our attendance brochure.
Nob Hill embraces the PBIS framework and uses Conscious Discipline towards the efforts of teaching expected behaviors as well as rewarding and correcting student behavior. Click here to see our PBIS handbook and brochure.
A Birth-to-Three program (housed at Region IX Education Cooperative) provides resources, materials, training information, workshops, referrals, home visits, and opportunities to collaborate regarding each child's individual needs. This program serves families with children from birth through five years of age.
The Nob Hill Preschool Program (Head Start and the three and four-year-old Developmentally Delayed Program) is one of the few public school programs in New Mexico to be accredited by the NAEYC, (National Association for Education of Young Children) which represents high standards in all areas of early childhood programming.
Nob Hill has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout its 55 years. To name a few: “ACRES National Exemplary Program Award” in 1992, “Invitational School Award” in 2000, “School on the Rise” in 207 and 2011, “Honoree for Community Recycling” in 2012, and continued Accreditation from NAEYC and NCA/North Central.