As of today Taos CREATE Out-of-School Program’s crowdfunding campaign has reached 10% of its goal. Please consider participating in this fundraising effort, and spread the word. There are some great incentives beyond helping this wonderful program continue as well as expand. Here is the link:

Fall Program Summary

C.R.E.A.T.E. Success Out-of-School Time Programs at Taos Day School

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:00-5:30pm and Wednesday 1:30-5:30pm.
Direct phone line is 758-1959. School number is 758-3652

• Tiwa Language & Culture Club once a week.
Tiwa language and more for 2nd–8th grades

• Supervised playground every day after school
• Team sports:
Soccer for Kinder-8th grades in the spring and fall
Basketball for 3rd-6th grades in the fall and winter
Volleyball for 5th-8th grade girls in the fall
• Recreation Clubs:
Mountain Biking Club spring & fall 3rd-8th grades
Ski/Snowboard Club winter 4th-8th grades
Gymnastics every Friday for Kinder-8th grades

• Tutoring and Homework Help for 2nd-8th grades every Monday-Thursday
• Music classes divided by grade every day after school
• Enrichment for Kinder and 1st every day after school
• Wednesday and Friday Enrichment: Sewing; Healthy Cooking Class; Drumming; Art; Computer Lab; Photography and Video Club;


• Video/Photography Club and open computer lab.

• Pool table, Foosball, Air Hockey and Bumper Pool tables for all ages
• A separate room for 6th-8th graders with an XboxOne

Update – Taos CREATE Out-of-School-Time Programs

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

The Taos C.R.E.A.T.E (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Technology Experiences) Out-of-School Time program at Taos Day School is primarily funded by a reimbursement program through New Mexico Public Education Department {PED). Receiving reimbursement from the State PED has proved to be extremely difficult and fraught with delays. For last school years reimbursement we began submitting reimbursement requests to the State PED in March 2014. To date we have not received any reimbursement, and only received one request for additional information in June, which was provided immediately. All we have been told since March 2014 is that we are being audited and we have to wait until they contact us. The State has no deadlines by which they must complete an audit. The delay in receiving reimbursement has of course negatively affected the schools funding, and we are very concerned as we enter the 9th month of waiting for reimbursement. The State has also not given us a contract to open, so we have opened using Taos Day School and Working on Wellness (a partner non-profit organization) funds. Working on Wellness will soon be conducting a crowd funding campaign to help cover the program costs and keep the doors open!

Mr. Dean Hopper, the Director of Coordinated School Health and Wellness at NM State PED, is our primary contact but have not heard much from him. Mr. Hopper’s email is dean.hopper@ and his phone number is 505-827-1806 if you want to contact him yourself.

The attached links are a Taos News articles about our reimbursement and contract delays with the PED and recent updates on the
Behavioral Health audits that took place last year and caused many Behavioral Health Organizations to close due to reimbursement delays.

PED Reimbursement Delays at TDS

Behavioral Health Audit update

Thank you for your support of the Taos C.R.E.A.T.E (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Technology
Experiences) Out-of-School Time program and we hope to see you all soon! Sincerely,
Colleen Durocher
Out-of-School Time Coordinator