Guide to Preschools & Parents’ Day Out


Disclosure :: The “2022 Guide to Preschools & Parents’ Day Out” is brought to you by Fort Worth Moms (FWM) and the many school sponsors listed in this article.

Guide to Preschools & Parents' Day Out

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 area schools that are great options for your little ones. You’ll find a variety of curriculum choices, pricing options, and time slots.

We would like to extend a major THANK YOU to our sponsors, Arborlawn Children’s Academy, FUMC Day School, Montessori School of Fort Worth, The Primrose School of Fort Worth at Mira Vista, River Legacy Living Science Center, and Saint Rita Catholic School for making this guide possible! We hope it is a helpful resource as you make schooling decisions for your young children. The featured schools are found at the top of the guide. Additional area preschools are listed at the end of this guide. Simply click on the city for a drop-down listing of schools in that area.

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.”

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Arborlawn Children's Academy

5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76109


Arborlawn Children’s Academy is a Christian based, school-readiness program for children eight weeks to pre-k4 that focuses on the social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual development of young children. Children are provided active learning experiences in which to discover, create, explore, and participate in God’s world. Arborlawn provides a safe environment which allows children to learn through guidance and play. Developmentally appropriate Frog Street Curriculum is used for all ages and Conscious Discipline is implemented to give children strategies for social and emotional growth.

Admission events :: The enrollment period for the 2022 – 2023 school year opens on Wednesday, March 9 (online) at 8:00 a.m. Children are placed in classes based on their age as of September 1, 2022.

School hours :: Choose from two three-or-five-day options: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (standard day), with the option to extend the day from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The school closely follows the FWISD holiday schedule.

Ages :: Eight weeks to four years.

FUMC Day School of Forth Worth

800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102


FUMC Day School is an NAEYC-accredited Christian preschool implementing the Creative Curriculum in a child-centered environment. Experienced teachers plan lessons and activities to help children acquire social competence and skills needed to succeed as learners. This developmentally appropriate program includes multiple enrichment classes such as:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Soccer
  • Stretch-n-Grow

FUMC Day School uses conscious discipline with its positive approach to behavior. Children learn group participation, self-regulation, positive relationship-building, and learn to love school. With its low staff-to-child ratios, FUMC Day School provides individualized care for every child.

Admission events :: Pre-registration for current students begins January 25. Pre-registration for siblings of former students and church members is February 17. Open registration is March 1. Question and answer sessions, and tours for information about the preschool and PDO programs, will be held January 26 at 9:45 a.m. and January 27 at 1:00 p.m.

School hours :: Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (preschool, short day); Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (long day); Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (PDO); Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. (before care). 

Age :: Three months to five years.


3420 Clayton Road East, Fort Worth, TX 76116


The mission of Montessori School of Fort Worth (MSFW) is to foster the development of the whole child through dynamic learning communities that encourage children to become independent, responsible, and productive citizens.

MSFW provides a carefully prepared environment for students to grow and excel. Each classroom features a multi-age grouping with a full complement of Montessori materials.

Accredited by American Montessori Society (AMS), Cognia, and National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), the campus includes seven buildings nestled on a beautiful, two-acre campus conveniently located in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of west Fort Worth.

Request a tour to discover more about the Montessori approach to education and the advantages it provides for children.

School hours :: Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ages :: 18 months to 14 years.

Primrose School of Fort Worth at Mira Vista

6410 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76132


The Primrose School of Fort Worth at Mira Vista is a private preschool that provides a premier educational childcare experience. The staff provides a safe and nurturing environment where children thrive. As a 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.

Admission events :: Admissions occur year-round.

School hours :: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Ages :: Six weeks to 12 years.

River Legacy Nature School

703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, Texas 76006


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. 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 their understanding of nature’s diverse life forms.

Four-and five-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 events :: Registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year opens Monday, February 14.

School hours :: Monday or Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. (three-year-old class, must bring lunch); Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (three-year-old class); Monday or Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. (four and five-year-old class, must bring lunch); Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (four and five-year-old class); twice a week option: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ages :: Three to five years.

Saint Rita Catholic School

712 Weiler Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76112

Saint Rita Catholic School has served students and families in the Fort Worth area for more than 65 years, offering academic excellence in the Catholic tradition in a nurturing and diverse environment for students entering pre-k through eighth grade.

The early childhood program focuses on teaching children through play and exploration. Within the core curriculum, students receive daily instruction in language arts, math, religion, as well as social skills and fine-motor development. Enrichment courses such as art, physical education, music, Spanish, and technology are also included. Families with children ages three or four years old by September 1 are invited to visit the school or apply.

Admission events :: Enrollment for new families begins February 7, 2022. Shadow days, tours, or visits can be scheduled on the website.

Ages :: Pre-k through eighth grade. (As of September 1, preschool students must be three or four years old.)

Other Area Preschools & Parents' Day Out Programs

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