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Top 5 Childcare Centers: Greenville, SC (KABOOM Awards Winners)

Where can you find top-notch child care in Greenville, SC?  Parents want childcare they feel is educational and safe, and Kidding Around readers voted for their favorite facilities.

Our 2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorite winners are some of the best childcare centers near Greenville, SC.

Best Childcare Centers in Greenville, SC

Top 5 Childcare Centers in Greenville, SC

2023 KABOOM Awards Winners

1st Place:

YMCA of Greenville


  • Abiding Peace Academy
  • St. Giles Presbyterian Church Preschool
  • First Presbyterian Academy
  • Ivybrook Academy

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Abiding Peace Academy

SPONSORED 864.288.2867 | 401 Batesville Rd, Simpsonville, SC

Abiding Peace Academy ad preschool January 2022 (1)

KABOOM finalist

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Childcare Center

Offers: K2-K4, elementary K5- 7th Grade

Our objective at Abiding Peace Academy is to provide exceptional education, instilling a love of learning in each student by nurturing his or her intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development in a safe, loving, Christian community; while imparting a strong faith in the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Abiding Peace Academy can make a difference in your child’s life. You’ll love being a part of this warm and safe community, and you’ll be rewarded as you watch your child have fun growing each day.

Schedule a tour and find out more at Abiding Peace Academy

I love APA. Love the staff, the community feel, the playground time with other kids and moms, plays and performances, multiple opportunities for my kids to get outside and exercise, the open communication between parents and teachers, the field trips, small school size, a focus on Christ.

Safe, warm, and friendly atmosphere. The level of education and care shown by the teachers in outstanding. Our child is thriving at APA and is excited to be there every day. We are so impressed with the school.

First Presbyterian Academy

SPONSORED 864.678.5107 | 864.565.0990 | Two Greenville Locations, Greenville, SC

First Presbyterian Academy

KABOOM First Place

2023 Family Favorites 1st Place: Private School

KABOOM finalist

2023 Family Favorites Finalist: Childcare Center


First Presbyterian Academy (FPA) at Shannon Forest, K3 – 12th Grade, and First Presbyterian Academy Downtown, K2 – K6, both offer a unique, premiere college preparatory school experience, rooted in a Christian worldview.   All classes are characterized by small classes.


  • Students are taught by experienced, degreed teachers, utilizing the very best research-based instructional resources.
  • Related Arts classes include Music, Physical Education, Art, and Chapel.


  • FPA’s Elementary School prepares students for the rigors of Middle School while celebrating the differences of all God’s children. 
  • An average week includes challenging, hands-on classroom time, instruction in STEM, Art, Physical Education, Music, Chapel, and daily Bible lessons. 


  • The Middle School program provides an important bridge from Elementary to High School.
  • Students learn to think in the highest of categories but do so with the truth of a Christian worldview.
  • A full-time College Counselor works closely with students and their families as they prepare for college.
  • 100% of students are accepted to college and are ready to impact the world for Jesus Christ.


Shannon Forest (Main Campus K3-12th Grade) 829 Garlington Road, Greenville | 864.678.5107

Downtown (Preschool K2-K6) 200 West Washington Street, Greenville | 864.565.0990

YMCA of Greenville

SPONSORED 864.412.0288 | 5 Locations, Greenville, SC

YMCA KABoom 2023

KABOOM First Place

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites 1st Place: Childcare Center 
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites 1st Place: After School Care

KABOOM finalist
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Sports Program 
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Summer Camps


For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We are committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. 


The YMCA of Greenville is proud to be selected by our community as a ‘Family Favorite’ in the categories of:


  • Favorite Childcare Center – At the Y, children can gain confidence, make friends, and explore their interests in a safe environment. The YMCA staff is committed to helping the youth of today grow into the leaders of tomorrow.  
  • Favorite After School Care Program – Let your kids learn, grow, and thrive while we provide homework assistance, enrichment activities, and a healthy snack. 
  • Favorite Summer Camp – Summer is made for adventure! Let your child craft their summer story at the YMCA of Greenville!
  • Favorite Sports Program – The YMCA of Greenville offers the community many opportunities for children and adults to participate in sports. Each of our four family branches specialize in a variety of sports for our youth. 

Favorite Youth Organization (Youth in Government) – The Youth in Government (YIG) program helps to create the next generation of good citizens. Though our programs, we demystify local, state, and national governmental systems so tomorrow’s adults will know how to effect change within these systems. We expand horizons so young people will understand their role within a global society.

Ivybrook Academy Greenville

864.865.8232 | 305 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

KABOOM finalist

2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Childcare Center

Ivybrook Academy is a nationally-recognized, NAEYC-accredited Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired half-day preschool for children 18 months through transitional kindergarten. The school offers both morning and afternoon sessions and an award-winning curriculum with everything from yoga to organic gardening, to music and foreign languages.

Being in the young twos and in school for the first time, our daughter’s transition wasn’t easy, but all the teachers showed her and us the support, love, patience and guidance we needed to get through the rough patch. Now she can't wait to go to school! And she talks about everyone with so much love and happiness! We can see how much she has grown and learned this school year and we know that is just the beginning.

The Gallagher family