One of the most common questions we see in our community groups is about local early childhood programs and recommendations for preschools and PDOs. Because there are so many options out there, choosing a school that fits your child’s and family’s needs can be an overwhelming task.
So whether you’re new to Memphis or a longtime resident, we hope this guide will be a helpful resource as you evaluate and explore your many educational options.
Lausanne’s small classes nurture the development of each child emotionally, academically, physically, and artistically. While children develop a deep sense of self, they also realize their ability to contribute to communities. Lausanne’s International Baccalaureate approach, creative play, hands-on projects, and self-reflection instill a sense of wonder and excitement for learning.
KinderCare Learning Centers is America's largest, most accredited child care provider, serving more than 165,000 children every day at more than 1,380 centers. For 50 years, we’ve been creating safe, encouraging environments where kids can learn, grow and build confidence for life. At KinderCare, hardworking families are family—regardless of needs, backgrounds, and experiences. To learn more visit us online at KinderCare, on Facebook or on Instagram. For resources, information, and activity ideas for parents and teachers of young children please visit KinderCare.com/blog.
Ask students at Grace-St. Luke’s (GSL) Preschool what they do all day, and they’ll likely say “play.” GSL’s Preschool is play-based, where students learn as they explore the world around them. We believe this is how their first school experience should be. Here, children learn by doing, sharing, and experiencing.
Little Harding is dedicated to meeting the needs of busy families with young children (18 months to Jr. K). Families can choose between school-year or year-round care, school-day hours or extended-day hours, and two-, three-, or five-day programs. Little Harding is dedicated to providing each child a safe and loving Christian environment for learning and playing.
St. George’s Independent School’s Pre-K and Little Georgies programs immerse students in a rich learning environment that supports cognitive, social, physical, and language growth needed to develop a love of learning. Your child will benefit from a St. George’s education- from the very start.
The Parents’ Day Out program at Saint John’s provides a safe and nurturing environment where children ages 6 weeks to 5 years can develop the self-confidence they need in order to feel positive about school.
We encourage our students to follow their natural curiosity as they explore educational toys, arts and crafts, and books in their classrooms. They will learn lessons that shape their sense of self; perhaps the most important element in whom they will become as lifelong learners.
The Goddard School
For 30 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among families. Its classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children six weeks to six years, offering age-appropriate opportunities to explore and discover. Trained teachers lead each child to reach developmental milestones, preparing the children for social and academic success.
Emmanuel Methodist United Kindergarten
Emmanuel United Methodist Kindergarten educates children twelve months through Kindergarten. At EUMK we believe in a developmentally appropriate curriculum where learning takes place through active exploration and play. We strive to help our students develop a positive attitude toward learning. Emmanuel has accreditation from NAEYC and is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Holy Rosary Preschool is designed for 2, 3, and 4 year old students. The goal of the program is for each student to become acclimated to the school environment. The main focus of the 2 and 3 year old program is socialization, sharing, listening, following directions, taking turns, and learning to follow the daily routine. The students will be introduced to basic learning concepts that will be the foundation of further education. The 4 year old program is a more structured curriculum but continues to strive for the same goals of 3K. Both programs prepare the students for readiness and success in Kindergarten. Holy Rosary’s Preschool comes under the auspicious of the Tennessee Department of Education and is certified by the state.
When learning begins at Hutchison, there is no limit to where a girl can go. Our early childhood program will unleash your daughter’s naturally inquisitive nature. Through play she will experience early literacy, math, and science in the context of her everyday life. Our working farm and campus lake also inspire unique lessons.