Disclosure :: The “2021 Guide to Preschools & Parents’ Day Out” is brought to you by Fort Worth Moms and the many school sponsors listed in this post. Thank you to our sponsors who made this guide possible! We hope it is a helpful resource as you make schooling decisions for your young children. Additional area preschools are listed at the end of this guide.
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.
FWM has countless articles to help guide you and your little through the preschool process. Consult our “How to Pick a Preschool” article for tips to consider when making your decision, brush up on tips with “Packing a Preschool Lunch”and “Back to School Supplies.” Cope with the transition in “Those First-Day-of-School Feelings,” “Back to Preschool Blues,” and “Going to Preschool Guilt Free.” Looking for more? Check out our “Guide to Homeschool Co-Ops, Private Schools, & University Model Schools.”
We would like to extend a major thank you to our sponsors, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool of Southlake, Play Studio by Green Space, and River Legacy Living Science Center, for making this guide possible!
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Arborlawn Children’s Academy focuses on the social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual development of the young child. Children are provided active learning experiences in which to discover, create, and explore through guidance and play. The school uses Frog Street curriculum and implement conscious discipline. Learning takes place through learning centers and small group instruction. Small class sizes ensure each child receives individual attention. All classes enjoy a music class with a music instructor and two through four year olds enjoy a weekly Spanish class. Outdoor play is also essential to the success of each day.
- Admission events and parameters: Registration for the 2021-2022 school year, which starts in September, will be March 3, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. online. Please visit the Arborlawn website for registration information.
- Ages: eight weeks – pre-k
- School hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with the option to extend the day from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool® of Southlake opened in 2014 and is the only preschool offering a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum in Southlake, Texas. The school is located in the heart of Southlake, right down the road from Southlake Towne Center. Monthly tuition rates include formula, wipes, baby food, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and extracurricular activities.
- Ages: six weeks to pre-k
- School hours: Monday through Friday; Monday/Wednesday/Friday; and Tuesday/Thursday
Play School is a one-, two- or three-day drop-off preschool program offered by Play Studio by Green Space. Preschoolers engage in a play-packed morning of discovery and learning based on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood. Using emergent curriculum, experiences are based on talking with children and families and what the school knows to be interesting to young children. Open-ended and hands-on activities act as a jumping off point that can then be used to construct the child’s own knowledge. Teachers act as advisors while the children are the architects. Projects may last a week or two or the entire session. Ideas are presented in multiple forms — print, art, music, movement — to ensure that all children have the chance to understand and connect with explored concept. To strengthen and practice key cognitive skills such as communication, critical thinking, negotiation, and initiative, children are given multiple opportunities to work in small and large groups. Each child is given a voice in order to promote balance between a sense of belonging to the group and a sense of self.
The school values play as serious learning, capitalizes on children’s capabilities and curiosities, and respects each child as an individual. Come play at Play School!
- Admission parameters and events: Spring session is 19 weeks, beginning on January 19 and ending on May 27. Enrollment is on-going, as space allows. Play Camp in the summer offers weekly enrollment options, and fall session of Play School begins September 7.
- Ages: two-and-a-half years to six years old
- School hours: Class times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Primrose School of Fort Worth at Mira Vista is a new private preschool that opened in December 2019 and 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 Fort Worth at Mira Vista, being owner-operated is one of the keys to quality. Bill and Kristy Smith are proud to open this second school after having owned and operated The Primrose School of Columbus Trail for more than 12 years. They are proud to be a part of both these organizations and the lives of Primrose families. They enjoy working with the great staff and continuing with the educational philosophy that Primrose offers.
Sister School – The Primrose School of Columbus Trail, also owned and operated by Bill and Kristy Smith. 5330 Columbus Trail, Fort Worth, Texas, 76123. Please call Columbus Trail at 817-423-4000 for more information.
- Admission parameters and events: Admissions occur year-round
- Ages: six weeks to 12 years
- School hours: Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
River Legacy Nature School provides an environment that encourages a child’s inborn sense of wonder and curiosity to flourish! Indoor and outdoor explorations at River Legacy Living Science Center introduce children to the natural world and the wildlife and plant life found within it.
Children ages three to five and six (not yet enrolled in kindergarten) attend class once weekly for 30 weeks, September through May. Twice a week classes available for four year olds. Every session includes a trip into the woods, weather permitting, where classroom lessons come to life. Balanced curriculum encourages a hands-on, minds-on exploration of nature, enhanced through music, art, literature, and dramatic play. Ratio of two highly qualified teachers for every nine to 12 children guarantees personal attention.
Three year olds focus on River Legacy Park’s animal and plant life, exploring what they need to survive. Opportunities to encounter ladybugs and snails, earthworms and opossums, native wildflowers, and so much more build understanding of nature’s diverse life forms.
Four, five, and six year olds (not yet enrolled in kindergarten) turn their attention to River Legacy Park’s habitats and how they meet the needs of creatures that live there. Among the units of study are The Living Tree, The Forest Floor, The Decaying Log, and The Creek. A growing understanding of the interdependence between animals and plants fosters an appreciation of nature’s delicate balance.
- Admission parameters and events: Dates coming soon!
- Ages: three to five and six years old (not yet enrolled in kindergarten)
- School hours: Half-day classes are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and full-day classes are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.