Preschool student Hayley Baker works on fine motor skills with engineering blocks on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at The Learning Experience in Rio Rancho. (Matt Hollinshead/Observer)

The Learning Experience has one ultimate goal for the toddlers who walk through its doors: continuous cognitive and motor skill development.

That’s why the Rio Rancho daycare center, which opened Aug. 9 at 1510 Unser Blvd., emphasizes curriculum such as science, technology, engineering and math programs, sign language and Spanish for children from infancy to preschool age.

“That’s what sets us apart from our competitors,” Center Director Monica Nieto said. “Our advanced model basically focuses on each individual child’s levels of development, and it allows them to successfully and independently work through each of our subjects, exploring and learning as they explore.”

There are more than 450 TLE daycare locations nationwide, with Rio Rancho being the first location in New Mexico. Nieto said an Albuquerque location near Paseo del Norte and Paradise Boulevard will launch later.

Using primary and secondary colors as an example, Nieto said activities are planned for each age group to keep developing. When it comes to secondary colors, she said a child might explore science-based curriculum with mixing colors to learn where primary colors come in, adding it’ll aid in the learning process when that child reaches elementary school.

When it comes to infants, she said games like peek-a-boo and other small motor skill activities are included.

She said each activity’s built on developmental categories needed for each age group.

“We are going to prepare (customers’) children for kindergarten and beyond,” she said, adding that teachers do assessments to determine each child’s progress. “It allows them to achieve and master each milestone as they grow to the next age group.”

Nieto, who’s worked in early education for over 25 years, said the Rio Rancho location aims to enroll 100 kids by November. The facility can serve as many as 180 kids.