This guide has been created for you with the support of the schools featured below. We are grateful for their assistance in helping us provide this resource for local families.
dayton preschools

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!

Bishop Leibold School

Bishop Leibold School serves students beginning in their three-year-old preschool program through 8th-grade. Their program is influenced by the internationally acclaimed Reggio Emilia (Italy) model that features experiential learning, problem-solving, nature, and art. Students develop a love for learning in a positive, Christ-centered environment.

This is the best investment we have ever made, hands down. – Bishop Leibold Family

They would love to have your family to stop by for a tour of their building, so you can see first hand how this curriculum is focused on faith, inspiring growth, and providing a true family experience.

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

2021 Open House Dates

  • Virtual; Learn More HERE

24 S. Third St.
Miamisburg, OH 45342

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First School of Dayton

first school of dayton preschool

First School is not your average educational experience. Students are exposed to traditional learning subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting and Reading as well as American Sign Language, Yoga, Coding for Preschoolers, STEM subjects, Global Art, Japanese Martial Arts (To Shin Do), Drumming 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. Both morning and afternoon options are available for our Young 5’s classes. Children from other morning Kindergarten programs may be dropped off at First School for afternoon enrichment to craft a full day Kindergarten experience if needed.

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! – Parent

A Learn With Me program is also offered on Fridays for two year olds and their caregivers to give them an introduction to what school is all about without having to be potty trained.

In addition to the amazing programming at school, many opportunities for family enrichment are offered throughout the school year.

7659 McEwen Road
Dayton, Ohio 45459

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Miami Valley School

miami valley school preschool

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.

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

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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