Guide to Knoxville Preschools MDOS Private Schools Daycare

Welcome to our Guide to Knoxville MDO, Preschools, Kindergartens and Daycares

Here is a list of MDO, preschools, kindergartens, private schools, and daycares throughout Knoxville. You can also check out this poll by other local Knoxville moms.

Check out our guide to After School Programs! If you are new to Knoxville from a different city or moving across town be sure to check out our Guide to Moving to Knoxville.

Knoxville MDO, Preschools, Kindergartens and Daycares

Angela Floyd Schools

Angela Floyd Schools

Ages: 3-5 years

The Angela Floyd Schools Performing Arts Program is a fall through spring program designed as an introduction to a structured classroom setting that not only immerses your child in the performing and fine arts, but also prepares them for Kindergarten and beyond by giving them a lifelong love of learning. Children turning 3 years of age by September 15th who have completed potty training are eligible for the Performing Arts Program. Our fine arts based curriculum features group learning, hands-on cognitive activities, Music FunTime, acro, art, drama, dance, creative movement, academics, and play.

“I feel so lucky to have found this place… I have literally nothing negative to say!” – Nicole Sealy


AFS – West

Monday, Wednesday and Friday  8:45am-11:45am or
Monday-Friday 8:45am-11:45am

NUMBER OF CLASSES: 3 or 5 days per week

MONTHLY TUITION: $640/month for 5 days a week and $384/month for 3 days a week

AFS – North 

Tuesday and Thursday 8:45am-11:45am or
Monday-Friday 8:45am-11:45am

NUMBER OF CLASSES : 2 or 5 days per week

MONTHLY TUITION: $640/month for 5 days a week and $256/month for 2 days a week

There is an annual $200 supply & registration fee.

AFS – West: 10845 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934

AFS – North: 6732 Jubilee Center Way



Berean Christian School

Ages: Pre-K through 12

The ministry of Berean Christian School (BCS) exists to help Christian parents raise their children to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to help children realize their full potential, and to glorify God spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. BCS’s academics are aimed at maximizing the potential of each and every child, as well as the blossoming fine arts program, The Studio. From the time our students join the BCS community, they experience a nurturing atmosphere of learning and discovery in academics, athletics, fine arts, and service.

Parents are welcome at any time to visit our campus. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Families wishing to explore Christian education at BCS are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a tour of our campus. Please call (865) 521-6054, extension 100.

2329 Prosser Rd Knoxville, Tennessee, TN 37914


Church Street UMC Preschool

Church Street UMC Preschool

Ages: 2-5

Church Street UMC Preschool is a faith based 3 STAR program. We offer full time preschool for ages 2-5 and are open all year M-F 7:30-5:30. We have 2 Pre-K classes and  our full time teaching staff have degrees.  We serve breakfast, a hot lunch and accept Child Care Certificates. To see what we are doing Like us on Facebook.

900 Henley at Main Knoxville, TN 37902


Galilee MDO

Galilee Church Mother’s Day Out

Ages: 3 Months old-5 years old

Even though, we are in the city of Knoxville, we are only about 5 minutes from Seymour.

We operate Monday-Thursday. You may choose Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Registration is now open.

8622 Pickens Gap Road
Knoxville, TN 37920


Grace Christian Academy

Ages:  Preschool through Grade 12

At Grace Christian Academy, we recognize the value of a long-term relationship with students and families and the advantages of a continuous academic program. Because of these benefits, GCA offers a comprehensive college-preparatory program for students in preschool through Grade 12.

The preschool and kindergarten years set the tone for a positive experience as children begin their educational journey. GCA provides a supportive, academically rich program with all subject areas taught on the foundation of biblical truth. Our curriculum is designed to engage and build on foundational skills that children need to move ahead successfully through the elementary years and beyond.

Contact us to learn more about the academic, spiritual, fine arts, and athletic opportunities that exist for students. Our Admissions team is ready and excited to help you explore the benefits of a Christian education at Grace Christian Academy!

5914 Beaver Ridge Road Knoxville, TN 37931


Happy Holler Circle

Ages: 0-3 years old, parent + child classes

Happy Holler Circle is home to Knoxville’s only Montessori parent + child classes, parenting workshops, and individual parent coaching. Whether you are looking for parenting help, a community of like-minded families, or a fun way for your child to socialize with others, this place is for you.

Classes at Happy Holler Circle are designed for children to attend with a caregiver (parent, grandparent, nanny, etc.). Classes available for children from birth to 3 years old. Join in community with other families to help children gain independence, build their concentration, and develop socially, while the adults learn to implement a Montessori parenting approach at home. Classes typically meet in a lovingly prepared environment that encourages the child’s exploration and to follow their individual interests. Each class ends with a short group time, where we sing, tell stories, and practice being together in community. These classes are an excellent fit for families that are considering enrolling in a Montessori school, who want to learn to implement Montessori principles in the home, or are looking for socialization for their children and themselves.

Happy Holler Circle also offers parenting consultations and workshops! Whether you need guidance on teaching Montessori homeschool, toilet learning (aka potty training), arranging your home to encourage independence, preparing your child for a sibling or other life change, or just need extra support in your parenting, Happy Holler Circle can help. Every new family consultation comes with a free 30 minute initial session. Most sessions take place virtually. Our goal is to support families by guiding parents and respecting childhood.

4307 Central Avenue Pike Knoxville, TN 37912


Kids Cove Knoxville

Kids Cove Drop-In Child Care

Ages: 6 months-12 years

Kids Cove is a childcare center regulated by the Department of Human Services. Our operating hours are unique in that they are separate from the city or county school schedules. At Kids Cove, we provide hourly drop-in care during a wide range of hours throughout the week and on weekends. Even when schools out, you can still drop-in!

Our goal is to partner with families to actively nurture, support, and encourage children by providing an exceptional childcare experience in a fun-filled learning environment. Parents will be captivated by our flexibility and convenience while children have the opportunity to learn and play in a naturally creative way.

Whether it is for work, travel, or weekend child care, Kids Cove’s vision is to be your family’s first and best choice in flexible childcare solutions in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

Whether you need a couple hours to shop, enjoy a dinner, attend an unexpected meeting or simply need a break Kids Cove Drop-In can provide quality care for your children! 


Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Friday 7:30 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Happy Hour!

Monday-Friday 5pm-8pm $2.00/hr off!

Non-Member Rates

First Child

6 months – 2 years $18.00/hr

3 years – 12 years $16.00/hr

Sibling rate: $5/hr

Registration fee: $35 per family (not per child) is annually.

Member Rates

First Child 6 months – 2 years $16.00/hr

3 years – 12 years $14.00/hr Sibling rate: $5/hr

Registration fee: $35 per family (not per child) is annual and included in Annual Membership.

10420 Kingston Pike Suite
Knoxville, TN 37922


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Ridgedale Mother’s Day Out

Ages: 18 months to Pre-K

Ridgedale Mother’s Day Out offers a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn and socialize two days a week in a safe and enriching preschool atmosphere.  Our teachers are caring individuals who love the Lord and believe that working with children is truly their calling.  At our program, your child will be given the freedom to grow in an environment balanced with enough guidance and structure to feel secure.  We are open year round and offer enrollment at any time for children age 18 months to Pre-K on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays.  Contact us today to schedule a tour!

5632 Nickle Rd, Knoxville, TN 37921


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Sonlight Academy

Ages: 1-5

Christ Covenant Church, PCA, in Farragut is excited about our 7th year of Sonlight Academy, a weekday program for preschool age children. Our goal is to shine the light of Jesus into the hearts of children while striving to meet academic and social needs. Our program runs from mid-August to mid-May. School days are Tuesday/Thursday OR Monday/Wednesday from 9am-2pm. Our staff consists of qualified Christian people and our teachers are experienced in early childhood education. We have excellent teacher to child ratios. Our curriculum is Bible based and includes Kindergarten readiness. We have a great playground for young children. Bible studies will be available for moms after drop-off on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in finding a place where your child will be loved, taught about Jesus, and prepared for school, consider Sonlight Academy! We would be happy to meet you and give you a tour of our facility. Contact Director Jana Thomas at [email protected] or by phone at the number below.

Phone: 865-278-7687

Christ Covenant Church, 12915 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934


Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School (KJDS)

Ages: K-5th

Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School (KJDS) serves kindergarten through 5th grade students in the heart of West Knoxville on a beautiful 5 acre campus.  KJDS is a vibrant community, filled with joy, rooted in core Jewish values, and devoted to academic excellence.  Serving the entire Knoxville community, our families are diverse in their beliefs, affiliations and observances; we work together to create a welcoming community based upon mutual respect and shared values. Each student is challenged to aspire to the heights of their own academic capabilities, and is encouraged along the paths of artistic, physical, spiritual and social development and expression. KJDS seeks to create curious and independent learners; critical thinkers who can ask questions, solve problems, reason thoughtfully, write well, appreciate beauty, develop passions, interact positively with others, and be productive within the broader community.  Experience our dynamic community, where learning is a passion and each day is infused with a spirit of joy.

8042 Gleason Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919


Tate's School

Tate’s School

Ages: Preschool-8th

Founded in 1968, Tate’s School is where adventure meets education. We blend advanced academics with hands-on challenges to create a love of learning. Our tranquil 54-acre campus is filled with outdoor learning areas, open-air classrooms, and unique log structures that create an educational oasis – right in the heart of West Knoxville. With three saltwater pools, our students enjoy swimming instruction for 4 – 6 weeks each fall. Our commitment to an advanced curriculum, small class size, personalized instruction, and character development has made Tate’s School the right choice for thousands of families throughout Knoxville and surrounding communities. Lou L Tate founded the school on Christian beliefs. Christmas and Easter are celebrated, and students pray at the start of the day and before meals. We have welcomed all faiths and ethnic groups for over 50 years and will continue to do so. Our graduates are well-rounded, academically prepared, and sought after by area high schools. We invite you to visit campus and explore our athletics department, fine arts, and STEAM curriculum. Contact our admissions team to book your personal golf cart tour today!

Early Care begins at 7:30 am and After Care ends at 6:00 pm. Lunch is included in your tuition and prepared by our on-site Chef.

9215 Bob Gray Road
Knoxville, TN 37923



Trinity Learning Center

Ages: 12 months – 5 years

Trinity Learning Center is a loving, Christian environment. We offer a play-based curriculum where we work to develop the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Self-help skills and independence, engaging with peers, and preparing for kindergarten are all important parts of growing up and what we focus on as a preschool.  We work hard to use children’s natural curiosity to teach them to love learning and to prepare them for their future education and life in every way. Our teachers are educated in childhood development and education and have years of experience with young children. Your children are their passion.

Preschool hours are from 9:00-2:00. We also offer extended care options for mornings from 8:00-9:00 or afternoons, 2:00-3:15.

12733 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934


The Episcopal School of Knoxville

Ages: 3-8th grade

The Episcopal School of Knoxville is a co-educational, independent day school offering Junior Kindergarten through Eighth grade. ESK’s Junior Kindergarten program is an academic program designed for 3 and 4 year olds. The Jr. K 4 program is 5 days per week and the Jr. K 3 program offers a 3 (T, W, Th) or 5 day option.  The Junior Kindergarten day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided, and extended care (1:30-3:00 p.m.  and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) is available for an additional fee. Class size is limited to 16 students. We have committed to creating and maintaining a place for our youngest children that acknowledges, reflects and communicates our beliefs. The values of our Junior Kindergarten program are based on an image of the child as curious, competent and capable of co-constructing knowledge.

950 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37932


Lenoir City

Boys & Girls Club Loudon County

Clubhouse Central

Jo’s Kids

Kiddie Kingdom Daycare

Kiddie Korner Daycare

Lenoir City Christian Academy

Lenoir City Elementary School Pre-K

Loudon County Schools Pre-K (The Voluntary Pre-K program is specifically funded for children in economically disadvantaged situations. However, everyone is encouraged to apply even if they may not qualify as economically disadvantaged because occasionally there are student openings.)

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