Tierna Unruh-Enos is publisher at The Paper.

For those with kids, this little resource for the Best in Albuquerque will be quite helpful. For those without, well, this isn’t for you. Our readers picked the best of the best in toy stores, daycares, private and charter schools, doing the work for you which is every parent’s dream.

Best Toy Store

Explora!, the most wonderful museum in the city where weary parents, guardians and other caretakers can sit down and watch their kids go wild trying to figure out how to get all the cool stuff to make those sounds. Even better? The toy store inside Explora!. It’s full of sciency-y, explore-y, fun toys that you feel even better spending your hard-earned dollars knowing there’s some sort of educational experience to go along with it.

  1. Explora! Toy Store
  2. Astro Zombies
  3. Color Wheel Toys

Best Daycare

Located in the NE Heights, Busy Bee Childcare has a pretty righteous philosophy on daycare – to provide a culturally diverse atmosphere where your child can grow physically, social-emotionally, creatively and intellectually, all while preparing for kindergarten.

  1. Busy Bee Childcare
  2. La Puerta de los Ninos
  3. Salam Academy

Best Private School

Founded in 1994, Bosque School is a private college-prep school for grades 6-12. The school prides itself on the philosophy that challenges traditional education for grades 6–12 with an inquiry-based curriculum in which students gain knowledge by researching and discovering solutions to real-world problems. Pretty progressive philosophy, especially for the ’90s.

  1. Bosque School
  2. Manzano Day School
  3. Salam Academy

Best Charter School

Albuquerque School of Excellence is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) public charter school that has continually earned accolades for its high graduation rates, diversity of the student body and college acceptance. In a state that continually ranks at the bottom for education, beacons of light like ASE are welcome for any parent in Albuquerque.

  1. Albuquerque School of Excellence
  2. Siembra Leadership High School
  3. Amy Biehl High School