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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 what educational philosophy those schools abide by. So, we compiled a list of Tarrant County schools 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. It provides children an active learning experience in which they discover, create, explore, and participate in God’s world. All classrooms use Frog Street curriculum implementing Conscious Discipline for classroom management and social-emotional components 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 [email protected]
Admission Events: Enrollment begins February 23 for the 2018 – 2019 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: eight weeks – four years
Located in North Richland Hills, the Fort Worth Christian Preschool for 3-year-olds offers an academic and structured learning program with a very low 6:1 child/teacher ratio. The goal for the teachers is to show your child that they are known, loved and valued! Children will learn through movement (alphabet yoga, dancing, and station learning), music (Frog Street alphabet songs, chapel songs, music class), writing and cutting, videos (educational science and alphabet for visual learners), tactile learning (using PlayDoh, Legos or sand to write and make letters), hands-on science (through experiments and expressive art projects) and Sensory (cooking on Friday and plenty of outside lessons). The staff work hard to give your child a proper balance of play, outside time, and academic instruction. In addition, the Preschool “Little Cardinals” get to integrate in supervised community with the rest of the school through pep rallies, servant leadership buddies from the High School, Elementary chapel and grade-level fine arts performances. FWC Preschool is a great way to begin your child’s educational journey, continuing into PreK, Kindergarten and through 12th grade at Fort Worth Christian School. Each year there are several FWC high school seniors who started their education in the preschool program. This is what it means to be part of the FWC Family!
Admission Events: Always available for tours and open house events throughout the year – check website for details.
School Hours: Preschool (3’s) 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with 2-, 3- and 5-day options available
Ages: three and four
Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. It’s leaders are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care, and education for their children. Lionheart is committed to partnering with you to give your child the best possible start. With an emphasis on children’s educational and spiritual growth, the academy addresses the needs of the whole child. 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.
Admission Events: TBD
School Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ages: six weeks – 12 years
“Learning through play, growing with God.” The preschool and mother’s day out programs at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church provide for the growth and development of the whole child. This approach emphasizes interrelated areas such as intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional development. 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 Christian environment rich in opportunities for growth fosters a love for learning. Special enrichment activities like chapel, soccer, music, and Spanish help to round out the curriculum.
Mildred Haupt Preschool focuses on play-based learning rather than a traditionally academic approach. The classrooms are not overly structured and allow children the opportunity to select from several activities and play either alone or in small groups. The teachers work to help students develop appropriate social skills including communication, sharing, listening, and empathy, while also equipping them with the academics necessary for succeeding in kindergarten and beyond.
Admission Events: Open registration begins February 12 at 9:00 a.m.
School Hours: Mother’s day out, Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; and preschool, two-, three-, and five-day options, 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (early and extended care available)
Ages: one – Pre-K
The Primrose School of Columbus Trail is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational childcare experience. The staff provides a safe and nurturing environment where children thrive. As the leader in educational childcare, the school partners with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. The goal is to help children have fun while building active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts.
At the Primrose School of Columbus Trail, being owner-operated is one of the keys to quality. Bill and Kristy Smith are so very honored to have been here for more than 10 years. They are proud to be a part of both this organization and the lives of Primrose families. They enjoy working with the great staff and continuing with the educational philosophy that Primrose offers.
Admission Events: Admissions occur year-round.
School Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ages: Birth – 12 years
Nature’s playground is perfect for preschool learning! Inspired by their own natural curiosity, children ages three to six explore the natural world through nature walks, stories, art, song, and dramatic play at River Legacy’s Nature School. When children explore the nature trails winding through the forested grounds, classrooms come alive. These hands-on adventures will turn the forest into a fabulous outdoor learning lab for your young scientist! Opportunities to encounter ladybugs, snails, earthworms, 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, from September through May. A two-day-a-week Tuesday/Thursday class is offered for four year olds. An extended day program specifically geared for five or six 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! Using nature as the foundation, the inquiry-based curriculum introduces age-appropriate science, math and literacy skills. 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 19. A FREE Nature School open house is on February 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 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: three – six