Here is a list of MDO, preschools, kindergartens, and daycares throughout Knoxville. You can also check out this poll by other local Knoxville moms.
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Knoxville MDO, Preschools, Kindergartens and Daycares
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.
*We are so excited to have Rhiannon in this program–she didn’t want to leave today! – Kristi Sanchez
AFS – West
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:45am-11:45am
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 3 days per week
MONTHLY TUITION: $300/month
AFS – North
Tuesday and Thursday 8:45am-11:45am
NUMBER OF CLASSES : 2 days per week
MONTHLY TUITION: $200/month
There is an annual $125 supply & registration fee.
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.
New for the 2017-2018 school year, BCS is also offering K3 and K4 classes, formerly known as Garden of Eden Preschool. Two classrooms will be focused on teaching the basics for 2-3 year olds — alphabet, numbers, colors, Bible stories, etc. The other classroom focuses on preparing 4-5 year olds for entry into kindergarten.
Black Oak Heights Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out
Ages: 6 months-Pre-K
Black Oak Heights Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out offers an enriching, loving, Christian environment for children ages 6 months thru Pre-Kindergarten. Our desire at MDO is that children will grow just like Jesus did…”in wisdom, stature and in favor of God”! We incorporate Bible stories, art, music, social skills, self-help skills, and academic skills needed to prepare children for their future.
We offer an MDO Summer Session in June and July (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 8:30 – 1:30). Starting in August, we operate from 9:00 – 2:00 on either
Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. We also offer 1 day per week enrollment, based on availability.
Contact the Director at [email protected] or visit our website for more information.
Church Street UMC Preschool
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.
Clayton-Bradley Academy is an independent Preschool-12 STEM school in Blount County, convenient to Knoxville and the surrounding areas. The small, year-round school offers students a nurturing place to excel through being-there experiences, creative project-based learning and real-world applications within the context of a rigorous curriculum. Clayton-Bradley Academy provides an individualized educational approach leveraging the unique interests and learning styles of each student and integrates character education with academics to address the needs of the whole child. Our Preschool and Kindergarten programs utilize brain-based research with an emphasis on exploration, discovery, and play while building a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math.
First Look Parent’s Day Out
Ages: 6 months- PreK
First Look Parent’s Day Out is a part of Corryton Church. We minister to children ages 6 months through PreK by providing a safe, fun and loving environment. Children play, spend time with friends, learn more about God, and build an academic foundation. We focus on giving your child a first look at:
God’s love for them
Healthy relationships with friends
Academics/readiness skills to prep them for Kindergarten
Grace Christian Academy
Ages: Kindergarten through Grade 12
At Grace Christian Academy, we recognize that kindergarten is a valuable, formative year that helps set a positive foundation for each child in their educational process. Because of that significance, GCA provides an enriching, academically rich kindergarten program in a safe, supportive environment. Understanding that each child is uniquely created and gifted by God, our curriculum is designed to engage and build on the foundational skills that children need to move ahead successfully through the elementary years and beyond.
Contact us to learn more about the academic, spiritual, and enrichment opportunities that exist at Grace Christian Academy. Not quite ready for kindergarten? We invite you to explore the Grace Baptist Church Pre-K and MDO programs located on our campus, which provide a comprehensive preschool program to get students ready for kindergarten.
Ijams Nature Center
Imagine a preschool program where children can take a field trip every day! That program is at Ijams Nature Center. Ijams is now enrolling for a new Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center (NPINC). NPINC focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of the day will be spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Children will learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. NPINC will help to develop the whole child. Not only will children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, but they will also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life. NPINC is a 10-month program from August-May. Students may choose between Monday/Wednesday sessions or Tuesday/Thursday sessions.
Knoxville Montessori School
Ages: 3-11 (Preschool-5th grade)
The Knoxville Montessori School is a nonprofit private school that provides high-quality Montessori education for children from 3 years old through 5th grade. Founded in 1966, KMS is widely recognized for its nurturing environment, high academic standards, experienced teaching staff, and diverse student body.
Following the Montessori method, KMS students work at their own pace, individually and in small groups, using a variety of hands-on materials that build critical physical and intellectual skills and help them move naturally into more advanced academic work
This process encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, and it nurtures independence, curiosity, creativity, and teamwork skills – all of which are critical for future success in our rapidly changing 21st-century world.
For more information and to find out if Montessori education would be a good fit for your child, contact us at 865-525-6042.
Morning Star Child Development Center
Ages: Infants to Kindergarten
Morning Star Child Development Center is dedicated to the fulfillment of the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of each child enrolled in our center. We are a Reggio Emilia inspired facility, which means we use the children’s interests and development to guide our emergent curriculum. Morning Star puts an emphasis on the importance of individualizing all aspects of the classroom and our teaching for each child. We stress the use of open-ended questions to help develop the analytical powers of children and create a lifelong love of learning. Our center is NAEYC (National Association of the Education of Young Children) Accredited and is licensed through the Department of Education.
Ages: PreK-12th Grade
Paideia Academy is a classical, Christ-centered school serving PreK-12th grade students. One of our many goals is for our students learn to read well at an early age so they can begin their journey of reading many of the great books as they grow older. Our young children love to learn timeless truths that will help them to grow in pursuing virtue and understanding. Visitors are often amazed by how much memory work our very gifted staff can lead the students in learning … and they love it!
Primrose School of Farragut and West Knoxville
Ages: 5 weeks to 5 years including private Kindergarten
At the Primrose School of Farragut we believe that with the right foundation, anything is possible. It is with this belief that we strive to build active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts for all children ages 5 weeks to 5 years including private kindergarten. Our balanced approach to learning fosters an appreciation for not only academics but character development as well. This summer is exciting as we offer Summer Camp in place of our after school “Explorers” program. Each week highlights a new thematic unit of learning with fun filled programs and field trips for current kindergarteners through third grade.
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!
River’s Edge Christian Academy
Christ Covenant Church, PCA, in Farragut is excited about our third 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 and Thursday 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 new playground for young children. Two Bible studies will be available for moms after drop-off on 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.
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.
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.
Webb School of Knoxville
At the heart of the Webb School experience is the relationship between inspiring teachers and talented, motivated, and engaged students. In their classrooms, on the sports fields, in assemblies, and through service, Webb students pursue a rigorous and challenging educational experience that prepares them well for success in the most competitive colleges and universities.
The Goddard School® – Farragut
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years old
Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School located in Farragut uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.
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