Our Approach : Southwest Child Care : Albuquerque, NM

Respect is a Verb
April 11, 2018
Complain to one who can help you.
-Yugoslav proverb

In an article in Exchange Magazine, “Respect is a Verb”, Karen Stephens writes about the importance of helping children develop respect and put it into practice. She explains:

”Dr. Katherine Read, a historical leader in our field, called early childhood classrooms ‘human relationship laboratories.’ I couldn’t agree more. Helping children learn positive social skills, like the how’s and why’s of actions and reactions, the boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behavior, and the knack of getting along with peers and adults, is some of the most important business you and I attend to daily. Children’s ability to maintain self-respect, and their skill at extending respect to others, lies at the heart of our work.

Respect is usually used as a noun, as in ‘I want your respect.’ But as Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot states in her book, Respect: An Exploration, respect is most influential and valuable as a verb. Only when respect is energized into specific acts can it make a difference in someone’s life. And please don’t consider respect a synonym for good manners. To nourish a relationship of mutual regard and understanding, acts of respect must be sincere, heartfelt and well-intentioned. Authentic respect involves far more than superficial manners that children hurriedly spout off by rote just to appease an adult’s upraised eyebrow. Insincere ‘pleases,’ ‘thank yous,’ and ‘I’m sorries’ ring hollow.”

Our Approach


We believe that building positive relationships is the key to successful childcare and early learning. The strength of those relationships builds high self-esteem in young children. Children learn and develop when they feel they are special. We provide a variety of learning and exploratory experiences in a warm, nurturing and responsive environment so that all children will feel free to experiment, test and discover.

We strive to foster intellectual, social, physical, 
emotional and language development. 

The experiences planned are stimulating and, at the same time, in keeping with the child’s total growth and developmental needs. Our program promotes a positive self-concept for each child. We understand that children will learn when they feel safe and cared for. We put a tremendous effort into making Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers a place where every child is welcome, wanted and worthwhile.

Program Fundamentals 

Early Childhood Development

Our goal is to create an environment of imagination and creativity and allow children to learn by doing, i.e. to actively experience as many things around them as possible. We place an emphasis on the process of an activity rather than the finished product, and we encourage the children to be as independent as possible.

Reliable, quality care and education is our highest priority.

According to child development experts as well as brain development researchers, what children need most in an early care and education program is a stable relationship with a caring, well-trained adult. You will find that at Southwest Childcare.

Southwest Child Care Early Learning Centers provide quality child development in an organized and planned environment with clean and stimulating surroundings where children are comfortable to play and explore. We offer quality infant/toddler care, preschool, FREE NM state Pre-Kindergarten programs as well as before and after school care. Each teacher provides child-oriented programs with a wide variety of daily activities directed by 30 + hours of continuing education a year. Our staff are life-long learners. This provides a role model for the children they teach and the families they serve.