Passionate About the Community
and the Moms Who Live Here

Dayton Area Guide to Preschools

Disclosure: This guide has been created for you with the support of the featured businesses below. We are grateful for their assistance in helping us provide this resource for Dayton families.

Choosing the right school for your family can be a daunting task, but we hope this guide makes it even a little bit easier!

Do you have a favorite school that is not on our list? Please tell us about them! Email us at [email protected] and we would love to add them to our reader recommended section of the guide!

The Miami Valley School

At The Miami Valley School, we recognize that students learn best by doing, experiencing, and creating. It all begins at our early childhood school, where the curriculum includes the best elements from various educational philosophies. In a new state-of-the-art building designed with the teachers, the environment is scaled to the perspective of a pre-schooler. The prevalent and spacious Atelier, the students’ own art studio, is home base to their creative process. The MVS campus, filled with children through 12th grade, offers an energy of mixed ages and valuable resources such as a greenhouse and gardens, gym, and foreign language classes. Students don’t just come here. Here, they become.

To enroll, children must be 3 by September 30th.

5151 Denise Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45429

First School

First School is not your average educational experience! Students age 2 1/2 to 5 are exposed to subjects like the Chinese language, Coding for Preschoolers, STEM subjects, Global Art, Japanese Martial Arts (To Shin Do) and Dance. In addition, afternoon enrichment programs for 4 and 5-year-olds are a great way to expand on creative and problem-solving skills.

“My husband and I knew we wanted a place that focused on academics but made it fun and exciting with not a lot of pressure to meet certain standards. First School met all of our expectations and more!” Amy, parent

Both morning and afternoon options are available for the Early 5s classes. Children from other morning Kindergarten programs can even be dropped off at First School for afternoon enrichment to craft a full day Kindergarten experience if needed. A Learn With Me program is also offered Tuesdays for two-year-olds and their caregivers to give them an introduction to what school is all about without having to be potty trained.

Two family learning nights, such as Creek Exploration, are held each year.

7659 McEwen Road
Washington Twp, OH 45459
Stacey Yarger, Director of Admissions

Northstar Classical School

Looking for a school that puts first things first? How about shorter school weeks and more opportunities to be involved in your child’s education? 

Now enrolling Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade, Northstar delivers classical Christian education with small class sizes and a model that enables children to love to learn. Classical education is a time-tested method that focuses on skills, work habits and attitudes that lay the foundation for long-term success inside and outside the classroom.
Northstar Classical has been such a blessing to our family. The amount of confidence and knowledge our daughter gained through junior kindergarten was remarkable. The staff continues to go above and beyond to nurture students as a whole person, not just a number. – Kristin
If you’re wondering if Northstar could be a good fit for your family, you can find some good questions here
LIFETIME TUITION DISCOUNT AVAILABLE to Dayton Moms Blog readers! Just mention DMB and save 10%, forever!
2018 Open House Dates:
  • February 4th, 2-4pm

103 McKnight Drive
Middletown, OH 45044
[email protected]

The YMCA of Greater Dayton

At the YMCA’s of Greater Dayton, every child has the potential to be successful, with a carefully crafted educational environment that is friendly, positive and caring to help each student discover his and her own unique gifts.

At the heart and soul of this great program are the teachers. Educators in the YMCA’s Preschool Education Programs foster great achievement by presenting curriculum in a way that makes learning fun, meaningful and interesting. Daily lessons are created to boost development through creative, age-appropriate activities, hands-on experience, a balance of indoor and outdoor play, with snacks and downtime included.

There are a variety of convenient program locations to choose from. Make sure you check out the YMCA website to learn more.

Multiple Program Locations

Nature/Farm Early Childhood Learning Center

This unique Kindergarten readiness experience is a partnership between Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm and Miami Valley Child Development Centers. Your child can learn, play and grow in an exclusive teaching environment. Expose your child to the fascination of farm living, agriculture, conservation and natural resource management in a serene setting.

Your child will receive individualized attention through an excellent 2:17 teacher ratio with the highly credentialed teachers of Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.

Choose from convenient morning or afternoon classes. With limited openings, don’t want to wait to give them a call to get your child registered.

1000 Aullwood Road
Englewood, OH 45414

The Antioch School

The Antioch School offers child-centered programs for nursery, kindergarten, and traditional grade school ages in mixed-age groups, the Younger Group (approximately 6-9 years old), and the Older Group (approximately 9-12 years old). It is a place in which children are encouraged to pursue their innate curiosity wherever, and as far as, their abilities can take them. 

We are so lucky we found the Antioch School. Their common sense approach to education and small class sizes allow the teachers to customize their lessons for the students who join them. – Meredith, Parent

Children are encouraged to take the next step, to risk, to make mistakes and to try again as they find their own unique ways of learning. Through example and direct experience, children learn self-discipline, self-direction, value setting, and the relationship between choice and consequence. The Antioch School is a place where childhood is respected and children are enjoyed.

1160 Corry Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387 
[email protected]

Creative World of Montessori

Every child is unique, and no two children develop and learn in exactly the same way or at precisely the same pace. That said, it is possible to accommodate individual learning styles and developmental progress within a comprehensive, flexible educational framework. At Inspire Children, this concept is called The Creative Curriculum. There are three different school options to support your child’s educational foundation.

Students receive art, Spanish, music, Brain Gym, yoga, gardening, STEM and more. They also have the opportunity to take dance, voice, guitar, strings, or piano.

Inspire Center for Learning accepts infants to school age.
Creative World of Montessori accepts 3 years of age – 8th Grade.

6833 Wilmington Pike
Centerville, OH 45459

Beavercreek Christian Learning Center


Belmont United Methodist Preschool


Bombeck Family Learning Center


Chess Christian School


Christ Church United Methodist


CinDay Academy


Early Beginnings

Tipp City

East Dayton Christian School

East Dayton

Evergreen Children's Center


Faith Preschool


The Goddard School


Grace Learning Academy


A Great Start Preschool


La Petite Academy


La Petite Academy


La Petite Academy


Learning Tree Farm


Little Scholars Preschool

New Carlisle

Mad River Early Childhood Education Center


Miami Valley Mini University

Huber Heights

Noah's Ark Lutheran Preschool


The Overfield School


Primrose School of Beavercreek


Primrose School of Centerville


Zion Lutheran Preschool


Happy Child Preschool


Dayton Christian Preschool


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply