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Choosing the right preschool 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 reach out to them!

First School of Dayton

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First School has experienced and caring teachers who fill each school day with creativity, excitement, curiosity, and fun! Whether your child is outdoors exploring one of the three playground areas, in the Fun Room completing an obstacle course or playing musical instruments, or in the classroom using their imagination to run a grocery store or build towers, your child will build a foundation of both academic and social skills that will prepare them for a lifetime of learning.

Academic class offerings include: Learn With Me for 2-year-olds and a parent/caregiver, preschool for 2 1/2, 3, and 4-year-olds, Young Fives (kindergarten preparation for those who turn 5 between May and December), and Kindergarten. There are also Afternoon Enrichment classes to extend the learning day for 4-year-olds and above. Extra offerings include nature classes, crafting classes, martial arts, dance classes, soccer skills, Drums Alive™, and summer camps.

It’s very impressive that First School has been in business for more than 50 years and has educated thousands of people in the Dayton area!

“First School is a treasure. The growth and development I’ve seen in my daughter in her first year here has far exceeded all of my expectations. What an incredible place for her to begin her educational journey. The staff care about each child and are definitely trained to give the best education possible to these young minds. So grateful to have this school in our community!” – Becca V., Parent

Experience what sets First School apart by scheduling a tour with their Director of Admissions, Stacey Yarger.

7659 McEwen Road
Dayton, Ohio 45459

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The YMCA of Greater Dayton

At the YMCAs 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 or 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 conveienent program locations to choose from.
Make sure you check out the YMCA website to learn more.

Multiple Program Locations

Primrose School of Beavercreek

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Primrose School of Beavercreek is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. At Primrose, they partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life and offer an environment that helps children have fun while nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Happy Hearts®. Primrose Schools offers year-round programs for children from infant through school age, including summer camp.

With purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, their Balanced Learning approach inspires children to think in more ways :: with creativity, compassion, and resourcefulness. This time-tested approach instills a love of learning and discovery that helps children develop and excel for years.

At Primrose, they believe whom children become is as important as what they know, and their mission is to forge a path that leads to a brighter future for all children.

(937) 429-3800

Contact Primrose of Beavercreek

Miami Valley School

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MVS believes children learn by doing. The Miami Valley School creates environments that ignite students’ curiosity and empower them to explore their passions. The MVS Early Childhood School is built to promote exploration through hands-on activities and a keen focus on kindergarten readiness. At the root of the MVS Early Childhood School is self-guided learning, known at MVS as the Immersion Method. Our child-centered responsive classroom approach draws on the best aspects of Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf education to create a learning community where children are known, heard, and valued.

“The teachers help me learn, and I love them. I learned how to be a good friend.” -EC student, MVS Class of 2033

“MVS makes me feel like school is a family for kids.” -EC student, MVS Class of 2033

Thinking about applying to MVS? Submit your application before February 1 to receive first consideration for any available openings!

The MVS admissions department is also currently hosting in-person campus tours! Sign up for your personalized tour at this link and see what sets The Miami Valley School apart.

Learning Tree Farm

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Welcome to the Learning Tree Farm where you and your children can get hands-on as you discover their farm animals, tasting gardens, woodlands, and more! They are excited to share the unique opportunity of their award-winning Nature Preschool for 3-5 year olds, where they embrace a child-led philosophy. They believe that early, repeated exposure to the natural world builds childrens’ ability to problem solve and self-regulate as well as facilitates growth of personal identity and an understanding of the interconnection between humans and their environments.

At the Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool, children receive all the components of a high-quality traditional preschool program while being fully immersed in the natural surroundings of their 85-acre farm and woodland on a daily basis. Don’t forget to check out their family, preschooler & caregiver, and drop-off style programs that are available year-round through their many farm community programs. They can’t wait to explore, connect, & grow with you!

3274 S. Union Rd
Dayton, OH 45417

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Bishop Leibold School

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Their preschool and pre-k programs are inspired by the internationally acclaimed Reggio Emilia model (Italy), which features nature, art, and experiential learning. You will find students working in centers such as dramatic play, art, music, library, writing, and sensory. Students participate in large and small group activities, outdoor play, Bible stories, and daily prayer.

“I have seen incredible growth in my son this year; his academic, social, and faith development have been nothing short of amazing to watch. This is the best decision we could have made, hands down!” – Bishop Leibold Family

24 S. Third St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342

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Little Acorn Academy

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At Little Acorn Academy, they strive to provide the highest quality of care, while fostering a child’s social, intellectual, and moral development in a nurturing environment that encourages a lifelong love of learning and discovery. The core of their program focuses on the importance of helping children develop respect and compassion for others. Their staff is dedicated to modeling kindness, patience, and empathy as well as teaching students to use independent reasoning to develop manners and social skills.

Language development, critical thinking, problem solving, and cooperative play are weaved into all parts of their curriculum. They offer a wide variety of daily activities to stimulate curiosity so that their students may learn valuable lessons about themselves and the world around them. Making friends, having fun, sharing, creating, growing, learning, and loving their learners ages 2 1/2 through 5-years-old since 2018.

OAKWOOD, OH, 45419

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St. Helen School

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The St. Helen Catholic Preschool Program was awarded a 5-star rating in the Step-Up-To-Quality Program and is proud to be a Preschool Promise Partner. Their preschool program accepts children ages three to five years old and offers both part and full time schedules. As a preschool, they believe children must be taught with care and kindness at their own pace. Children must be nurtured in a tender and careful manner. They must be encouraged to discover the world using their own experiences. In addition, St. Helen Preschool celebrates diversity through adding cultural learning in their curriculum. St. Helen will hold an annual Open House at the end of February and welcome new family enrollment in March.

St. Helen School
5086 Burkhardt Road
Riverside, Ohio 45431

Office: (937) 256.1761
Email: [email protected]

The Antioch School

Yellow Springs

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


First School


The Goddard School


A Great Start Preschool


Kirkmont Presbyterian School


La Petite Academy


Learning Tree Farm


Little Acorn Academy


Little Scholars Preschool

New Carlisle

Mad River Early Childhood Education Center


Miami Valley Mini University

Huber Heights

The Miami Valley School


Noah's Ark Lutheran Preschool


The Overfield School


Primrose School of Beavercreek


Primrose School of Centerville


Pine Hill Academy


Zion Lutheran Preschool


Happy Child Preschool


Wee Haven Children's Center


St. Albert the Great



  1. Green-Oak preschool has a great program. I’m not sure how to add the school. It’s in Kettering off woodman. You can call and ask for the preschool director Valerie Baker, she’ll answer all you questions.


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