Guide to Day Cares and Preschools


Are you searching for the perfect day care, or looking to enroll your little one in a preschool program?  We know it can be overwhelming – but don’t worry mama, we’ve got you covered!  Below you’ll find an extensive list of day cares and preschools across Central Ohio, organized for your convenience in alphabetical order by town.

To further help you with your day care and preschool decisions, we’ve included a few helpful links at the bottom of the page.

A big thank you to our numerous sponsors for heartily supporting this community resource, and in particular to our title sponsors, The Barrington School and Villa Montessori.

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At the Barrington School, our mission is to provide children with the highest quality of care in a loving, organic environment where your child’s education, nutrition, and learning experiences are the top priority. We view nutrition as a foundation for building healthy bodies and developing young minds. To this end, each school boasts an organic chef that prepares three meals onsite daily. All food served at our schools is certified organic and we strive to utilize fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. The Barrington School has an all-inclusive operating model where diapers, wipes, bedding, bibs, and organic sunscreen are provided for your child at no additional cost. Our schools stand apart by maintaining teacher-student ratios that are below those required by the State of Ohio. With additional teachers in our classrooms, we are able to provide an increased level of safety, as well as a deeper, more personal connection with each individual student. To enhance each student’s experience within our schools, we incorporate educational enrichment activities on a daily basis. These include special programs such as: music, dance, yoga, cooking, Spanish, and art. We invite you to visit any of our locations to meet our experienced staff and witness our educational philosophy in action.

Ages: 6 weeks through Kindergarten

Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 6:30pm

Registration Deadline:  Year Round

Locations:  Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Powell, Upper Arlington, and Worthington   

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Children flourish at Villa Montessori Preschool (VMP), a Montessori and Reggio-inspired program serving children infants (6months) to 6-years-old! VMP’s classrooms help children become self-motivated learners, following the Montessori principle that children are the facilitators of their education, the teacher a guide. Their authentic Montessori curriculum is further enhanced by a Reggio Emilia inspired arts and science program. Together, Montessori and Reggio create S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) as core components of their respective curriculum. Villa Montessori Preschool, located adjacent to the JPMorgan Chase campus and the Polaris Fashion Place operates year-round. It’s our job to make your child’s experience a little less ordinary…and a whole lot more memorable!

Ages: 6 week – 6 years

Schedule:  All ages:

M-F, 7am – 6pm
M/W/F, 7am – 6pm
T/R, 7am – 6pm

Registration Deadline:  Open Enrollment

Location:  Polaris



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Our Lady of Bethlehem School and Childcare - North Columbus

Address:  4567 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214

Phone Number: (614)-459-8285

Our mission is to provide exceptional faith formation and early education in a safe, nurturing community to each student and family it serves. Through the tradition of The Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, Our Lady of Bethlehem’s comprehensive programs foster optimum growth, development and academic success in each young child. Our unique blend of traditions, proven curriculum and individualized care and education give children a strong, loving start for a lifetime of success.

We will be holding an Open Houses on Sunday, January 26th from 1-3:00pm and will be accepting new family registrations!


Totally Terrific Twos class (2.5 years old and toilet learned by Sept. 30): T/R 8:45-11:15am
Preschool (3 years old by Sept. 30): T/W/R 8:45-11:15am
Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old by Sept. 30): M/T/W/R 8:45-11:15am
Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old by Sept. 30): M/T/W/R/F 12:30-3pm
Kindergarten ( 5 years old by Sept. 30): M-F Half-day 8:45-noon or Full-day 8:45am-3:00pm
Summer Program available for Preschool through grade 6 and runs Monday, June 1 through Friday, August 14

Ages: Infancy – 6 years old

Registration Deadline: May 15 for the 2020 Summer Program and July 1 for the 2020-21 school year

Junior Explorer Club Preschool

Address:1033 Old Henderson Road Columbus Ohio 43220

Phone Number: (614)-516-3325

Using a teaching method called, The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, this learning environment mirrors what we have been doing at the JUNIOR EXPLORER CLUB for years by using nature and beyond when it comes to learning. This method of learning views young children as individuals who are curious about their world and have the powerful potential to learn from all that surrounds them. Working with everyday items like pine cones, rocks, marbles, sticks and more, the children utilize creative play as an introduction to early educational learning. Our goal is to make certain your children are safe and happy, but also productive. We don’t see ourselves as a traditional preschool program but rather advocates for your child’s social and educational development. We do this through educational creative care while occasionally using community involvement, or what we call ‘adventures’ that empower and inspire.

Schedule: We offer full-time and part-time for the hours of 7am – 6pm M/T/W/R/F

Ages: 3-5 years

Registration Deadline: August 7, 2020

Other Columbus Preschools



The Gardner School of Dublin

Address: 6145 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43016

Phone Number: (614)-717-9677

From the moment you enter our state-of-the-art facility, you realize that The Gardner School of Dublin is significantly more than a traditional preschool or childcare facility. Established in 2008, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of Columbus. As a private, academically-focused preschool that specializes in early childhood education, we cater to those families who want the best for their child. Our school is conveniently-located off Emerald Parkway, directly across from Quest. We offer year-round educational programs for children six weeks old through private Kindergarten. In addition, we provide a full suite of enrichment classes and our summer camp, Camp Gardner. We believe that an environment that fosters creativity, exploration, and acceptance will stimulate and nurture children’s growth and development, as well as building self-esteem. This enriched educational experience will provide a strong foundation for future success and a lifelong love of learning.

Ages:  6 weeks – Kindergarten

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 6:00pm

Registration Deadline: Year Round

Indian Run Preschool

Address: 6305 Brand Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Phone Number: (614)-889-8862

Indian Run Preschool is an outreach ministry for Indian Run United Methodist Church. We provide a Christian environment to nurture the intellectual, social and spiritual growth of young children through a developmental and play-based curriculum. Please email or call to set up a tour to visit our preschool.

Ages: 3 before September 30, 2020, thru 5 before September 30, 2020 K enrichment


Children can attend preschool 2-5 half days depending on their age. Our hours are 9:20-11:50am and 12:50-3:20pm.

9:20 – 11:50 a.m.
M-W K—Enrichment — monKEy
M-T-W-Th 4/5–Frogs
M-T-W-Th 4/5–Stars
M-W-F 4—Owls
TH 4–Owl Enrichment
T-Th Young 4—Firefly
M-W or T-Th 3—Manatees, Turtles
F PreK E-Angel, Firefly E &
Under the Sea

12:50 – 3:20 p.m.
M-W K—Enrichment — monKEy
M-T-W-Th 4/5–Frogs
M-T-W-Th 4/5–Stars
M-W-F 4–Owls
TH 4–Owl Enrichment
T-TH Young 4– Firefly
M-W 3–Whales
F PreK E-Angel, Firefly

Registration Deadline: Registration lottery for new families begins on January 7, 2020 through January 23, 2020, and then rolling admission until classes are filled.

Saint Brigid of Kildare Preschool

Address:7175 Avery Road, Dublin OH 43017

Phone Number:(614) 718-5825

Saint Brigid of Kildare Preschool strives to ensure that each of our students are happy, confident, and engaged learners while attending our program. Our curriculum is Catholic faith-based and play-based to prepare all students to enter kindergarten with a solid foundation of social and academic skills. Our dedicated and friendly teachers work together with families to cultivate an environment where all students feel safe and have their unique needs met.

Stop by to visit our preschool during our prospective families Open House on Sunday, January 12 from 3-5 PM.

Please visit the website to RSVP and for more information.

Ages:  3 – 5 years


2-Day Program:
Mon & Wed, 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

3-Day Program:
Tues, Thurs, Fri, 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

5-Day Pre-K:
Mon – Fri, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lunch Adventures + Enrichment Program (Wolfhound Adventures):
Tues & Thurs, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This is an additional add-on program that can be scheduled by the day and month. Children bring a packed lunch then enjoy an enrichment program such as cooking, singing, drama, and much more!

Registration Deadline: January 19, 2020

More Dublin Preschools


Gahanna Early Experience Center

Address:  4456 Morse Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

Phone Number:  (614)-471-6383

Gahanna Early Experience Center is an academic Christian preschool. The school was established in 1975 as a true preschool that strives to provide an exceptional, yet relaxed learning environment. Our curriculum fosters the social, intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth of young children. We provide age-appropriate learning which implements the Early Learning and Development Standards developed by the Ohio Department of Education. With these standards as our foundation, children learn in the developmental areas of science, math, language, literacy, writing, arts & crafts, large & small muscle development, and music. We also include a Christian curriculum, which is non-denominational, open and inclusive so that children of all faiths feel welcome!

Ages:  2.5 years – PreKindergarten (5 years)


Young 3’s – T/TH; 9-11:30
3-4 Preschool – M/W OR T/Th; 9-11:30
Young 4’s – M/W/F; 9-11:30
PreK 3 day AM – T/TH/F; 9-11:30
PreK 3 day PM – M/T/TH; 12:30-3
PreK 5 day – Mon thru Fri; 9-11:30
PreK Extended day – M/W/F; 9am-1pm
Launch (lunch at school) – 11:30-1

Registration Deadline: Registration is ongoing until a class is full. Public registration begins in February.

Columbus Academy

Address: 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH, 43230

Phone Number:  (614)-509-2220

The 3YO Explorer program is designed with the intention of honoring the integrity, wholeness and wisdom of young children. The 3YO Explorers are engaged in informal learning throughout
their day. Best practices in early childhood development are at the center of each of our youngest students’ experiences as evidenced through open ended play in the classroom, movement and discovery on our Nature Playground and extensive exploration of our 231-acre campus. Low-tech and high in multisensory experiences, the child-centered 3YO Explorer program is one filled with opportunities for serendipity, spontaneity and fun. By following the curiosity of the children and natural rhythms that unfold in the classroom, teachers guide the children
through experiences that encourage them to grow and develop socially, emotionally and intellectually.

The pre-kindergarten program strives to provide an inviting, safe, and stimulating environment where children are encouraged to discover and develop their individual skills and abilities. Opportunities for active and experiential learning are offered daily through both child-initiated and teacher-directed activities in order to support children in their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development. We are committed to creating a differentiated, enriching environment where children are engaged in a continuous process of development based on their individual ability, readiness and interest.

Ages: 3 – 5

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:05 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. (with half-day options available)

Registration Deadline: Admissions application & testing takes place early-January through mid-February

Other Gahanna Preschools



Grove City


École Maison Enrichment Center

Address:  4635 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

Phone Number:  (614)-777-9333

École Maison (A-cole May-zon) means “School House” in French—and that’s just how we see it—our school is an extension of your home.
Since opening our doors in May 2007, we have been privately owned and locally operated. We pride ourselves on our quality learning environment, our structured yet flexible approach, our energetic and caring staff, our curriculum-based classrooms and our truly-unique facility. We’re one of a kind….and we love being part of our community! We invite you to schedule a visit to see for yourself. why you will want your child to grow with us!

Ages:  6 weeks to 11 years of age


Preschool I (3 – 4 year olds)
Preschool II (4 year olds to Kindergarten)
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday

Registration Deadline: Year round

Other Hilliard Preschools

Lewis Center


New Albany



Smoky Row Children's Center

Address:8615 Smoky Row Road Powell, 43065

Phone Number: (614) 764-2122

Established in 1983 Smoky Row Children’s Center is dedicated to providing the finest early childhood programs available to families in our community. At Smoky Row you will see frequent, positive, warm interactions between adults and children. You will see specially trained teachers who plan learning activities and use materials appropriate to the children’s ages, development, and interests. You will see enough adults to respond to individual children in a safe and healthy environment..

Ages:12 weeks to 6 years and school age summer camp

Schedule:Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Registration Deadline: Ongoing registration until classes are full

Other Powell Preschools



Upper Arlington




Other Worthington Preschools

Additional Resources

Step Up to Quality:  Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five–star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Action for Children: Action for Children is the local child care resource and referral agency for Central Ohio; serving Columbus and Franklin County, as well as Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union Counties.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.