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Playground Program

Information about the Playground Program.

Contact Information

Playgrounds Recreation
3401 Monroe NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Telephone: (505) 767-5885
Fax: (505) 767-5844
Email: [email protected]

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The Playground Recreation Program offers before and/or after school recreation programs for children 6 through 11 years of age at various elementary schools during the school year.

These programs provide planned, organized and supervised activities designed to meet the recreational needs of children that attend.

All children will be offered an opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities in a friendly and nurturing environment. Programs will help to facilitate social, physical and mental growth within a recreational setting. These programs are held at various elementary schools.

For more information, call (505) 767-5885.

Learn more about the Summer Playgrounds Recreation Program.

A letter of support

Good morning Mr. Martinez,

Longfellow Elementary School is completing our first year with a city run before/after school program. 

I would like to thank you and the city for being such big supporters of the before/after school programs in our public schools. The program at Longfellow Elementary is excellent. The program has grown tremendously since the city took over and the parent response has been highly positive. Our children enjoy coming to this program and attendance has been high. Academic and social enrichment is a large part of this program, however it is so much more than this and it keeps all children engaged and excited about learning.

The staff that work our program have been excellent with our children, showing kindness, and a desire to work with young children. They are attentive to children’s needs, and the ration of adults to children has always been excellent. 

A special feature of this program that has supported parents ,is the cost of this care. Parents have been very appreciative of the cost, giving them the ability to take advantage of this much needed care. Parents also love the security and protection that this program offers them by being housed in our school and having access to our school building and its resources. 

By having such an outstanding program, it has helped give parents of our community an opportunity to see how our city is helping our children and how they(city) are involved and working with our public schools.  

What a wonderful joint project this program is. 

What a wonderful example our city and our leaders set for your own children, our citizens and others in the area of community and school service. 

On behalf of our 300 students, staff, parents and the Martineztown community, I thank you Mr. Martinez for all of you support toward our program and school.   I also applaud our mayor,  Mr. Keller for his efforts to support our public schools and welcome his future plans.


Richard B. Ulibarri, 

Principal, Longfellow Elementary School

Before & After School Program: Dates

These programs normally begin the first day of school and continue through the last day of school. Starting and ending dates for each school vary, so contact your school to verify school starting and ending dates.

Our Playground Recreation Program follows the Albuquerque Public Schools schedule. The days that school is closed we also will be closed.

Before & After School Program: Registration Information

Registration for this program is limited and registration is held on a first come first serve basis. If you are not able to register on the first day of registration, you will still be allowed to register your child in the program at any time during the regular program hours, provided there is still space available for additional participants. Once a site registration is full, a waiting list will be kept and maintained for participants not selected. Parents will be notified as space becomes available. A completed registration form is required on any and all children that attend the program. For safety reasons, if we do not have a registration form, the child will not be allowed to attend this program.

Playground Program Registration Dates 2018-2019

Site Registration Date Registration Time
Alamosa August 1st, 2nd & 3rd 8:00 am - 11:00 am & 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Carlos Rey July 26th 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Chamiza August 10th 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chaparral August 1st, 2nd & 3rd 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cochiti July 20th 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Duranes July 20th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
East San Jose August 9th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Eugene Field July 18th 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Griegos August 7th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hodgin August 7th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
La Luz August 7th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
La Mesa August 6th & 7th 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Lavaland August 1st & 2nd 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lew Wallace August 9th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Longfellow August 6th & 7th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
MacArthur TBD TBD
Marie Hughes August 10th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Maryann Binford July 20th 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Matheson Park August 7th & 8th 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Montezuma August 8th & 9th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Painted Sky August 1st & 2nd 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rudolfo Anaya July 31st & August 1st 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Susie Rayos July 11 & July 12 July 11: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm & July 12: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tomasita August 6th & 7th 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wherry August 10th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please Check Back Frequently as Dates May Change.

Before & After School Program: Hours & Fees

The Before School Recreation Program Hours are normally from 7 a.m. until the time school starts Mon. through Fri. The After School Recreation Program Hours are normally after school until 6 p.m. Mon. through Fri. This Program is not free, please see table below.

Note: A non-refundable registration fee is required for all registered participants.

Number of Children School Year Program Registration Fee Weekly Cost
1 $10 per child $15
2* $10 per child $20
3* or more $10 per child $25

*Weekly cost for multiple children applies to siblings only.

  • Registration fee must be paid at time of registration.
  • All fees must be paid on a weekly basis or in advance, preferably by check or money order.
  • If the weekly fee is not paid by the end of the week, your child will be discharged from the program.

Late Fee Charge – If a child is picked up after 6 p.m. (program end time), parents will be charged $15 per child for each 30 minutes after 6 p.m. If a child is at the recreation site for a portion of the 30 minutes the charge will be for the entire 30 minutes. The charge must be paid at the time the child is being picked up from the program.

Before & After School Program: Closure Days

Our Before and/or After School Recreation Program follows the Albuquerque Public Schools schedule. The days that schools are closed the program we will also be closed.

Additionally, we will not have the Playgrounds Recreation Program on the following days:

  • Labor Day
  • Fall Recess
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Winter Recess
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Spring Break
  • Vernal Holiday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
  • Independence Day

Note: These dates and other dates are subject to change.

The Recreation Program will also be closed on any other Albuquerque Public Schools Holiday that may not be listed above. Please check with your school for other dates.

Year-end tax information

For income tax purposes, the City's Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) is 85-6000102.

Important Note: The Playground Recreation program does not provide year-end statements. Anytime a payment is made we do provide receipts and we suggest that participants of the program save those receipts for tax purposes. You may also use the chart above (Program Fees) as a guide to help you calculate your payments for the year.