Guide to Preschools and Day Cares in Kansas City

Finding the right fit for preschool or childcare for your little one is one of the more stressful parts of early childhood. There are so many factors – time, location, programs offered! Our hope is this guide will help you narrow down your search to find the best solution for you and your family.

Thank you to co-title sponsors Little Sunshine Playhouse and Preschool and the Primrose School of Liberty for making this resource possible to our readers!

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Little Sunshine Playhouse and Preschool

Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool provides parents with peace of mind and children with a safe, secure & educational environment through our unique services and proprietary, Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Early education has a lasting impact on a child’s life and it’s our mission to use this time to ignite the love of learning and spark curiosity through play. LSP maintains a reputation of unrivaled distinction in preschool and early childhood education making us a sought after, premier private preschool program for children ages 6 weeks through Pre-kindergarten. Check out their two locations in Overland Park and Leawood or learn more at littlesunshine.com.

913-814-0444

Primrose School of Liberty

Primrose Liberty

Primrose School of Liberty is a private premiere early childhood school, accepting children from 6 weeks until 6 years old for its infant to pre-kindergarten programs. In addition, the school offers Before/After Care for children in Kindergarten all the way to 5th grade. At the Primrose School of Liberty, we believe who children become is as important as what they know, and we help empower children to reach their full potential each day. Our exclusive Balanced Learning approach balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Our approach to teaching and learning is research-informed, exclusive, and time-tested. It includes a comprehensive curriculum; classroom equipment, materials, books and toys, training, assessment, and school-home connection — all intentionally aligned to engage your child in developmentally appropriate learning. Your child will learn the foundational skills to develop Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

The Learning Experience - Liberty

The Learning Experience
From infant care through preschool, we make early education and daycare joyful, engaging, and fun so children are happy to learn, play and grow. For nearly 40 years, The Learning Experience® has been positively impacting the lives of children ages 6 weeks to six years by developing and implementing ground-breaking childcare and early education programs. Our L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program) Curriculum uses fun, hands-on activities throughout early education to help children develop intellectually, socially, and cognitively. All-inclusive enrichment programs include yoga, music, fitness, science, soccer and more.
816-429-6612

Kids R Kids Learning Academy

Kid R Kids

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Olathe offers your little ones a jump start on their education by establishing a love of learning at an early age! Their high-quality teachers, engaging curriculum, and “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy emphasize their efforts to nurture and challenge each enrolled student. With programs for children 6 weeks through 12 years of age, you’re bound to find the right fit for your family at Kids ‘R’ Kids. Enroll today!

The Goddard School

Goddard School

Learning for fun. Learning for life.®

Children learn best through experience. At The Goddard School, we use current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Positioned to support the needs of families, our distinctive structure helps ensure that children are known and appreciated for their individual talents and personalities. The Goddard School’s F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) helps children explore and discover their interests in a safe, nurturing environment. It has been developed, in part, by The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is comprised of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education.

Over 7 locations in the Kansas City Area!

St. Therese Early Education Center

St. Therese Early Education Center

At St. Therese Early Education Center, we promote the cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth of each child. We believe in the uniqueness of each child and that the gateway to learning is through providing children with a loving and nurturing environment. Our teachers provide experiences each day to help children grow. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive, and enthusiastic learners by actively exploring their environment. All programs are developmentally appropriate. The Early Education Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We provide a safe, caring and academically sound environment for the young children of our community, infant through age 5. We provide full-time and part-time programs in addition to before and after school care for full-day students.

Picking a Preschool: Things to Consider

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“In the KC area, we are fortunate to have an abundance of preschools to choose from (so many it can make your head spin!). Consider the different preschool philosophies and which one is the best fit for your child.”

Why Preschool Graduation is Worth More than a Worthless Diploma

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“All of these hours spent with their school family are not just a blip on their life’s radar to be lost, ignored or forgotten.”

Tips for Picking the Right Preschool

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We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can. That means ensuring their education begins early—and gets off to the right start.”

Kansas City Metro Area Preschools

Colonial Preschool

Young Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Transitional Kindergarten

Rainbow School

Daycare (starting at 2 months), Preschool, Pre-K

Spectrum Station

Infant (6 weeks), Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Elementary thru fifth grade in five locations across the metro

Pembroke Hill - Early Childhood

Preschool and Pre-K programs, starting at age 2

Barstow School - Early Childhood

Preschool and Pre-K programs, starting at age 3

Spectrum Station

Infant (6 weeks), Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Elementary thru fifth grade in five locations across the metro

Northland Preschool

Parent’s Day Out and Preschool programs, ages 2-5

Sunbeams Preschool

3 – 5 year old Preschool, full day options available through Parents’ Day Out program.

Little Lambs Preschool

Daycare (6 weeks) thru Pre-K programs. Three Northland locations.

Merry Moments Preschool

Preschool programs, ages 3-5

Gerner Family Early Education Center

Early childhood special education, preschool and pre-k programs.

Pine Ridge Church

Parent’s Day Out programs for 0-5 and preschool for 3-5.

Talented Tots Learning Center

6 weeks to Pre-K, and after school care for elementary school students.

Christ Lutheran Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten for those 2-6 years of age, all-day options. Summer learning program in June, July, and August.

Lil' Vikings Early Education Center

Infant thru Pre-K programs.

Connections Preschool

2-5 year olds

Dinosaur Den

Infant thru fifth grade.

Little Blessings Preschool

Infant (6 weeks) thru school-age programs.

KidZone Learning Center

Infants (6 weeks) thru elementary age programs.

The Little Green Schoolhouse

Infants thru six years old.

Little Blessings Preschool

Preschool program, summer camp.

A Step Above Academy

Infants thru Pre-K programs

BUGS Early Learning Center

Infants thru six years old.

Children's LIghthouse

Infant (6 weeks) thru after-school programs, up to age 12.

Kiddi College

Infants thru school-age programs

Hope Academy

Birth thru age 5.

Little Learners

Toddler (1 years old) thru Pre-K

Canterbury Academy - Prairie Ridge

Infants thru Pre-K programs

Discovery Academy

Infants (6 weeks) thru six years old.

Goddard School - Olathe Northwest

Infant thru after-school programs

Aldersgate Preschool and Discovery Days

20 months thru Pre-K.

KidsPark

Hourly childcare for days, evenings and weekends.

Open Minds

Infants (6 weeks) thru Pre-K programs. Summer Discovery Programs for elementary age.

ShiningStars

Weekly classes focusing on building confidence, boosting communication skills, and fostering creativity.

Top Flight Kids

Infants thru 5 years old.

Country Kids Day Care

12 months thru 12 years old.

Rising Star Academy

Toddlers thru school-age programs, including summer.

Kids R Kids Learning Academy

Infant thru school-age programs, including summer camps.

Agape Montessori School

Infant (6 weeks) thru 6 years old. Two Olathe locations.

Calvary Lutheran School

3-year-old Preschool thru Pre-K

Village Church on Mission Weekday Preschool

3 – 5 year old Preschool

Red Bridge Early Childhood Center

Part-time Preschool for 2.5 – 5 year olds

The Childhood Development Center at the J

12 months – 5 years

The Heritage Preschool

Kids Day Out, 3 & 4 year old Preschool, Pre-K classes

Global Montessori Academy

18 months – 12 years old.

Brookridge Day School

2.5 years – third grade

Rolling Hills Preschool

Kids Day Out (18 months), Preschool, Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten

Bethany Lutheran School

12 months – 5 years old

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Learning Ladder - Blue Springs

18 months to Pre-K

Primrose School - Lee's Summit

Now enrolling ages 1-5.

The Goddard School

18 months to Pre-K

Creative World School

Programs for infants through school age.

Hilltop Preschool

Age 1 through Pre-K

Early Education Lab School

Ages 3-5 years old. Taught by high school students.

KCMO
Colonial Preschool

Young Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Transitional Kindergarten

Rainbow School

Daycare (starting at 2 months), Preschool, Pre-K

Spectrum Station

Infant (6 weeks), Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Elementary thru fifth grade in five locations across the metro

Pembroke Hill - Early Childhood

Preschool and Pre-K programs, starting at age 2

Barstow School - Early Childhood

Preschool and Pre-K programs, starting at age 3

Spectrum Station

Infant (6 weeks), Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K, Elementary thru fifth grade in five locations across the metro

Northland
Northland Preschool

Parent’s Day Out and Preschool programs, ages 2-5

Sunbeams Preschool

3 – 5 year old Preschool, full day options available through Parents’ Day Out program.

Little Lambs Preschool

Daycare (6 weeks) thru Pre-K programs. Three Northland locations.

Merry Moments Preschool

Preschool programs, ages 3-5

Gerner Family Early Education Center

Early childhood special education, preschool and pre-k programs.

Pine Ridge Church

Parent’s Day Out programs for 0-5 and preschool for 3-5.

Talented Tots Learning Center

6 weeks to Pre-K, and after school care for elementary school students.

Christ Lutheran Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten for those 2-6 years of age, all-day options. Summer learning program in June, July, and August.

Lil' Vikings Early Education Center

Infant thru Pre-K programs.

Olathe
Connections Preschool

2-5 year olds

Dinosaur Den

Infant thru fifth grade.

Little Blessings Preschool

Infant (6 weeks) thru school-age programs.

KidZone Learning Center

Infants (6 weeks) thru elementary age programs.

The Little Green Schoolhouse

Infants thru six years old.

Little Blessings Preschool

Preschool program, summer camp.

A Step Above Academy

Infants thru Pre-K programs

BUGS Early Learning Center

Infants thru six years old.

Children's LIghthouse

Infant (6 weeks) thru after-school programs, up to age 12.

Kiddi College

Infants thru school-age programs

Hope Academy

Birth thru age 5.

Little Learners

Toddler (1 years old) thru Pre-K

Canterbury Academy - Prairie Ridge

Infants thru Pre-K programs

Discovery Academy

Infants (6 weeks) thru six years old.

Goddard School - Olathe Northwest

Infant thru after-school programs

Aldersgate Preschool and Discovery Days

20 months thru Pre-K.

KidsPark

Hourly childcare for days, evenings and weekends.

Open Minds

Infants (6 weeks) thru Pre-K programs. Summer Discovery Programs for elementary age.

ShiningStars

Weekly classes focusing on building confidence, boosting communication skills, and fostering creativity.

Top Flight Kids

Infants thru 5 years old.

Country Kids Day Care

12 months thru 12 years old.

Rising Star Academy

Toddlers thru school-age programs, including summer.

Kids R Kids Learning Academy

Infant thru school-age programs, including summer camps.

Agape Montessori School

Infant (6 weeks) thru 6 years old. Two Olathe locations.

Johnson County
Calvary Lutheran School

3-year-old Preschool thru Pre-K

Village Church on Mission Weekday Preschool

3 – 5 year old Preschool

Red Bridge Early Childhood Center

Part-time Preschool for 2.5 – 5 year olds

The Childhood Development Center at the J

12 months – 5 years

The Heritage Preschool

Kids Day Out, 3 & 4 year old Preschool, Pre-K classes

Global Montessori Academy

18 months – 12 years old.

Brookridge Day School

2.5 years – third grade

Rolling Hills Preschool

Kids Day Out (18 months), Preschool, Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten

Bethany Lutheran School

12 months – 5 years old

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Lee's Summit
Learning Ladder - Blue Springs

18 months to Pre-K

Primrose School - Lee's Summit

Now enrolling ages 1-5.

The Goddard School

18 months to Pre-K

Liberty
Creative World School

Programs for infants through school age.

Hilltop Preschool

Age 1 through Pre-K

Early Education Lab School

Ages 3-5 years old. Taught by high school students.

Johnson County
Sarah
Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!