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What’s the #1 question we are asked??? What preschools do you recommend? Moms want to know the options, where others send their kids — and why, and what educational philosophy those schools abide by. So, we compiled a list of schools across Tarrant County that are great options for your little ones. You’ll find a variety of curriculum choices, pricing options, and time slots.
Also, consult our “How to Pick a Preschool” article for tips to consider when making your decision.
Arborlawn Children’s Academy is a Christian based school-readiness preschool that focuses on the social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual development of the young child. Children are provided active learning experiences in which to discover, create, explore, and participate in God’s world. It uses Frog Street curriculum in all the classrooms and implements Conscious Discipline for classroom management and social emotional component of the curriculum. Children participate in weekly chapel and have a weekly music class with a music teacher. The small class sizes ensure that each child receives individual attention and learning opportunities through large and small group instruction. Arborlawn Children’s Academy also focuses on a color, shape, and math concept each month. The school closely follows the FWISD school schedule. Classes are in session September through May. For more information and to check class availability, please email Kathy Wymer at Kathy@arborlawnumc.org.
Admission Events: Enrollment begins February 10 for the 2017 – 2018 school year
School Hours: Two, three, or five-day options 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm. Extended hours 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 8 weeks – 4 years
The Early Education Center at First Presbyterian Church is a NAEYC accredited center located near downtown Fort Worth. It uses the Frog Street Press and Kindermusik curricula with students infants through fours. The highly trained and experienced teachers are committed to providing the best possible early learning environment for your little one. Small class sizes and proven play-based methods allow each student to receive quality one-on-one time with their teachers daily. The school offers both full-time care and day school only schedules. Learn more about the EEC at its website or call director, Mindy Samples.
Admission Events: Registration opens in February
School Hours: Full-time care: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Day School: 9:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: Full-time care: 6 weeks – 4 years; Day School: 18 months – 4 years
Lionheart is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. It is passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children. With an emphasis on children’s educational and spiritual growth, Lionheart addresses the needs of the whole child. The staff selection is based not only on qualifications, but also on a passion for teaching and an abiding love for children. This purposeful and holistic approach to early care and education ensures that your child has a strong and healthy foundation for learning and for life.
Lionheart offers full and part-time child care for infants through age five, and before, after school, and summer club for children in kindergarten through age 12. With four locations in DFW (South Arlington, Garland, Flower Mound/Double Oak, and Plano), there’s a Lionheart near you. Opening in August 14, 2017 will be a fifth location at 2701 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Grapevine, Texas 76051, (682) 503-1000. Call to schedule a FREE discovery day for your child (limit one per child, based on space availability), or visit a location for a tour.
Admission Events: Year round
School Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Little Sunshine’s Playhouse maintains an identity and brand image of unrivaled distinction in preschool and early childhood education. Its facilities serve as a castle for a “Once Upon A Time” experience that enables each child to develop his or her imagination. Imbued throughout with old-world appeal, its facilities are professionally designed to maximize each child’s personal experience. In conjunction with enhanced interiors, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse features a theater stage, a landscaped nature center conducive to healthy, outdoor play, and a variety of customized, age-appropriate playground equipment.
Little Sunshine offers a master planned and Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum, Creatively ShineTM, which is based off the newest research and trends to prepare young children to enter their educational career equipped with cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills. It uses industry-leading technology in the programs to provide exclusive services, such as secured Kiddie CamsTM that allow parents to watch their child via a smart phone or computer; the LuvNotesTM system, which is an electronic system that allows teachers to send parents notes, pictures, and videos of their children during the day; a Red CarpetTM morning drop-off service; and secured entry.
Graduates are equipped with academic and social accomplishments and have a deep sense of self-worth and philanthropy. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse hopes that students and their families will hold their experiences close to their heart for years to come.
Admission Events: Bi-weekly open houses
School Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years
Founded in 1968, privately owned Montessori School of Fort Worth (MSFW) is a fully accredited Montessori school serving children age 18 months through eighth grade. MSFW is a child-centered, dynamic environment, responsive to the needs of children as they grow and learn. The MSFW community believes learning occurs in an inquisitive, cooperative, nurturing atmosphere.
MSFW fosters confidence and sets the foundation for a positive self-image for the student as a learner. Following the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, the child learns by doing. Dr. Montessori, one of history’s greatest educators, designed materials to enable children to learn skills in steps, at levels they can master, and that correspond to their natural way of learning. The teachers nurture the inner attitude of respect and enthusiasm for learning.
Students in a Montessori environment learn by doing, as they choose work from individualized learning materials. The multi-sensory Montessori materials provide experiences at a concrete level then progress toward abstraction by integrating complexity. Inherent in multi-age groupings is the opportunity to learn from other students and to participate in cooperative projects. Interdependence, rather than competition, is encouraged to foster high self-esteem.
Visit its website to discover more about MSFW’s approach or call to schedule a tour of the school.
Admission Events: January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and March 23, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
School Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 18 months – 8th grade
Nature’s playground is perfect for preschool learning! Tapping into their own natural curiosity, children ages 3 to 5/6 explore the natural world through nature walks, stories, art, song, and dramatic play at River Legacy’s Nature School. Classroom lessons are brought to life when children explore the nature trails winding through the forested grounds. These hands-on adventures will turn the forest into a fabulous outdoor learning lab for your young scientist! Opportunities to encounter ladybugs and snails, earthworms and opossums, native wildflowers, and so much more build their understanding of nature’s diverse life forms.
Children attend Nature School classes one day a week for 30 weeks, September through May. Half-day and extended day options are available for 3 and 4 year olds. An extended day program specifically geared for 5 or 6 year olds not yet enrolled in kindergarten is offered one day a week. Small classes of nine to 12 students with highly qualified teachers in each classroom ensure lots of individual attention and set your child on a path to love learning! The inquiry based curriculum introduces age-appropriate science, math and literacy skills using nature as the foundation. Nature School serves as a great supplement to another preschool, Mom’s Day Out, kindergarten, or homeschool program. For more information or to register, please call or visit River Legacy’s website.
Admission Events: Open enrollment begins February 20 with a free Nature School Open House on February 25 from 10:00 a.m. – noon to meet the teachers, experience classroom activities, and meet a wildlife ambassador.
School Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Ages: 3 – 5/6
“Learning through play, growing with God.” The preschool & MDO programs provide for the growth and development of the whole child. This approach emphasizes interrelated areas such as intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional. Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of individual children in a group setting. Each child experiences success and positive feelings of self-worth at his or her level of maturity. A love for learning is fostered through a Christian environment, rich in opportunities for growth.
Admission Events: Open registration begins February 13
School Hours: Mother’s Day Out: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Preschool: Two, three, and five day options, 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (early and extended care available)
Ages: 1 – PreK
St. Philip Preschool and Parent’s Day Out provides caring teachers and a loving, Christian environment. The school has served the community for more than 30 years and provides fun, daily, and seasonal activities for children ages 2 months through Pre-K. By providing structured curriculum for all classrooms, St. Philips is a hidden gem for early childhood education in the mid-Cities area. Parents and caregivers can choose their preferred days. To schedule a tour of the facility or for more information about tuition, contact Cindy Baren, school director.
Admission Events: Admission is accepted year-round.
School Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Ages: 2 months – Pre K
Mi Casita Preschool opens May 2017 as the city’s first early education program to combine total Spanish immersion language learning, project-based learning, and community engagement. Through specialized training of staff and innovative learning systems, Mi Casita is cutting edge in terms of child development and early childhood education.
Mi Casita’s unique teaching methodology allots time for students to work on creative projects and apply lessons to “real world” scenarios. Examples include designing and showcasing a fashion show using recycled products, creating a farmers market with fresh produce grown in a student-run garden, constructing boats that float on their own, establishing class-run restaurants serving real food, and more. All students who graduate from Mi Casita will advance to kindergarten fully bilingual and biliterate.
School Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ages: 15 months, or confidently walking, to 5 years old. It also offers after school programs for elementary school-aged children.
Little Sprouts Preschool is devoted to providing quality experiences in learning and development for children. You will see this commitment through the hands-on experiences children are actively participating in with nurturing and skilled staff. At Little Sprouts, children are given the freedom to be creative as they learn essential social, spiritual, and academic principles. Little Sprouts strives to honor children’s uniqueness and foster a deep love for learning!
Admission Events: Registration begins February 13.
School Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 1 year – Pre K