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The Ultimate Guide to Daycare in Greenville and the Upstate

Are you searching for a daycare near Greenville? We’ve compiled our brand new Daycare Guide to put all your options into one handy place! Our guide covers daycares in Spartanburg Greenville and surrounding towns like Taylors, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Duncan and Greer. In this guide you’ll find everything from full-time daycare for infants to after-school daycare for kids up to 12 years old! Plus some great tips to help you find the right daycare for your family!

4 Tips for Choosing Quality Child Care

We know selecting child care can be a difficult and stressful task. Derek Lewis, the director of Greenville County First Steps, shared some tips with Kidding Around.

Take a tour: Nothing is more important than taking a tour of the facility. Visit when kids are in class. Walk around the classroom. Talk with the teachers. Ask if you can bring your child back and let him get a feel for it. Just like test-driving a car, you really need to get a good feeling for what a typical day is like.

Talk with the director/owner: Who is in charge? Do they strike you as someone who is calm, rational, and even keeled—or is this someone who panics when things get rough. Every day something unexpected happens in a center. Flexible directors handle stress well, and don’t pass that stress onto the staff or students.

Introduce your child to the teachers: Do they talk to your child? Do they seem comfortable with children and adults? Do they seem nurturing or controlling? Do they talk to you about what you should NOT do, or do they talk to you about what you child WILL do?

Ask some tough questions. Come prepared to ask some hard questions, and expect them to be answered:

    1. Does your center have any current DSS violations? What was the last violation your center had? There are very few centers with NO history of violations. It isn’t the violations that concern me; it’s how long it takes for them to resolve them.
    2. Does your center have staff certified in First Aid and CPR? Describe the last time an emergency medical service was called? Again, accidents happen, the bigger question is how did they deal with the accident?
    3. What professional development opportunities are provided for you and your staff? Typically, staff receive 15-20 hours/year of professional development. Who provides it, what does it look like?
    4. Does your center have an ABC rating? (This is the voluntary rating system that DSS uses to assess and improve centers) If so, what is your rating? And if not, why not?
    5. How long has your director/classroom teacher been in place? Turnover is high in this industry, that’s normal, but if everyone has turned over in the past 16 months then it could lead to instability for you or our child.
    6. Is it secure? Are there cameras? Can people walk in off the street, or is there a locked door? Some centers have 24/7 video surveillance that parents can monitor from home/work. This helps ensure the teachers know someone is watching them at all times.

Day Care Options Near Greenville

Here’s our list of day care options near Greenville. If you know of another option we should include, please share it with us in the comments! You can navigate this list using the buttons in the orange table of contents box or simply scroll through the list!

Find the Perfect Daycare Center

Foundations Early Learning Center

SPONSORED | 3 Locations: Simpsonville, Greer, Boiling Springs, , SC

Foundations Preschool Guide 2023

Offers: Early education and childcare programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old in a STEAM-focused environment.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow!

Whether your goal is school readiness, early education, socialization, or simply love and care while you’re at work, our programs give your child a solid academic foundation and the tools to be successful beyond the four walls of school and in all aspects of life.

At Foundations, we focus on school readiness, socialization, STEAM, literacy, confidence-building, and creativity. We help your child become a confident, creative thinker and work to instill a life-long love of learning.

  • Cameras in all classrooms
  • Photo & video mobile app updates
  • School-readiness, literacy, and Spanish programs
  • Innovative technology for early childhood classrooms
  • State of the art playgrounds and building

Simpsonville | 7 Magnolia Cove Drive, Off Harrison Bridge Road | 864-256-0404
Greer | 100 Sudduth Farms Drive, Off Highway 14 | 864-881-7868
Boiling Springs | 1235 Parkside Acorn Drive, Off Highway 9 | 864-392-3029

Giggles Drop-In Childcare

SPONSORED 864.252.4252 ex.3620 | Pelham Rd. Suite 1A , Greenville, SC

Giggle Preschool Guide 2023

Does your life not always fit a set schedule?  Good news, your child’s preschool experience doesn’t have to either!

Giggles Drop-In Childcare has a new easy going preschool program that is perfect for your child’s first preschool experience or if you simply need something that can be adapted to your changing schedule.  We focus on lesson plans that teach the fundamentals in short, play based activities. For children ages 3-5.

Our preschool program is just like a daycare or mother’s morning out program, but with a twist. With our program, you choose when to come and for how long. It’s preschool on your schedule.  Can’t drop off or pick up at the same time each day?  No problem.  We are flexible!

Who? Kids ages 3-5
When? Any hours between 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM Labor day to Memorial Day
How Much?  $650 per month for 1 child and $350 for siblings. This includes 6 hours per day/5 days per week. If you need more or less time please call for options.

Minds in Motion Learning Center

864.244.0405 | 2106 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer, SC

Offers programs for children aged 6 weeks through grade K4
Also offers after-school care and summer programs through its affiliate The Village Project.

La Petite Academy of Greenville

864.443.0827 | 1518 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC

Offering full-day childcare for 6 weeks through 12 years old. Also offering before- and after-school childcare for kids up to 12 years of age.

Solverus Christian Academy

864.292.9909 | 2 Upstate locations, , SC

Full time childcare for infants through Kindergarten.

Greenville Prepartory Preschool

864.263.3161 | 972 Batesville Road, Greer, SC

Offers: Infant, toddler, and preschool programs.

Creative Learning Kids Child Development Center

864.587.8900 | 140 Southport Road, Spartanburg, SC

Offers full-day care for children aged 6 weeks through 5 years old.

Small Impressions Child Development Center

864.609.5099 | 4514 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC

Offers full-day programs for children aged 6 weeks up to 5 years old, along with after-school care and summer programs for children up to 12 years old.

This is My Child Center for Child Development and Education

864.439.7760 | 84 Groce Road, Lyman, SC

Full-day programs are available to residents in the District 5 school district with kids aged 6 weeks through K3.

Kid's Stuff Academy

864.225.7883 | 117 Midtown Square, Anderson , SC

Offers: Programs for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years and after school elementary care

Margaret Mills Cubbage Child Development Center

864.250.8080 | 506 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC

Located on the campus of Greenville Technical College, provides full-day care for children aged 6 weeks up to 5 years old.

KinderCare

864.655.7152 | 2 Upstate locations, , SC

Childcare for children 6 weeks through Kindergarten, plus after-school care for kids up to 12 years of age.

Pelham Road Baptist Child Development Center

864.288.7674 | 1108 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Offers programs for infants through K4.

Big Blue Marble Academy

864.383.3055 | Multiple Locations, , SC

Full day childcare program for children 6 weeks through 4 years of age, plus an after-school program.

The after school program offers children aged 5-12 foreign language and culture exploration through the Passport to Adventure Club.

La Petite Academy

877.861.5078 | 1518 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Infants – Pre K

"We love LaPetite on Woodruff Rd. Teachers are loving and caring, environment is fun, and our son has thrived there."

"Yes! All three of my children have been there and they are like family!"

Anderson Prep Preschool

864.760.1105 | 1910 Commonwealth Lane, Anderson, SC

Offers: Montessori inspired classrooms for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years, along with elementary after school programs

Greer KinderCare

864.655.7152 | 950 S Batesville Road, Greer, SC

Offers: Childcare and Kindergarten. Ages infant through 6 years old.

Exceptional Child Academy

864.308.1202 | 101 Builders Court, Spartanburg, SC

Offering childcare for children 1- 5 years old. Also offering after-school care.

KidsZone Drop-In Hourly Childcare

864.263.3895 | 21 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC

Offering short term, part time, full time, after school childcare and Parent’s Night Out.

Oakwood Christian Preschool

864.225.6263 | 304 Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson, SC

Offers: Infant – preschool (4) aged childcare between 7 am and 5:30pm.

Park Place Children's Center

864.270.5910 | 205 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Full-day childcare for infants through four year olds.

At Dream Preparatory Academy Inc., we offer a comprehensive education encompassing Art/Sensory, Math, Science, Social Studies/World Cultures, Practical Life, Movement, Language, Independence, Science Experiments, Technology, Engineering (Lego), and Art History—all while instilling a deep sense of care for the environment. Your child’s holistic development is our priority! 🌍🎨🔍

La Petite Academy of Taylors

864.292.3370 | 4805 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC

Full-day childcare for children 6 weeks – 5 years old. Also offers before- and after-school care for kids up to 12 years old.

Cadence Academy Preschool

864.606.4141 | Greenville & Mauldin, , SC

Offers: Full-day childcare for 6 weeks through 5 years old. Also offers after-school care for kids up to 12 years of age.

Green Apple Childcare Center

864.991.2104 | 1440 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Full day childcare for children 6 weeks through 4 years of age.

Kiddie Academy of Five Forks

864.627.1985 | 321 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC

Full day childcare for ages 6 week through 4 years.

Siloam Christian Preschool

864.269.3921 | 229 Siloam Road, Easley, SC

Offers K2 – K4 and Mother’s Morning Out programs.  Siloam Christian Preschool’s desire is to provide an educational experience that nurtures the “whole” child in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development.

Legacy Academy

864.288.4403 | 211 Feaster Road, Greenville, SC

Offering full-day childcare for children 12 weeks through kindergarten. Also offering after-school childcare for kids up to 12 years old.

Montessori Academy of Spartanburg

864.585.3046 | 384 S. Spring Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offering childcare for children 8 weeks old through 8th grade. Also offering after-school care.

The Goddard School of Simpsonville

864.254.0708 | 8 Five Forks Plaza Court, Simpsonville, SC

Full-day childcare for infants through kindergarten. Also offers after-school care.

The Sunshine House

Full-time childcare for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. It also offers after-school care for kids up to 12 years old. Sunshine House has multiple locations in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson including.

Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

864.757.1191 | 2255 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Full-day childcare for infants through kindergarten, plus after-school childcare for kids up to 12 years old.

First Pres Day School Anderson

| 302 West Whitner Street, Anderson, SC

Offers full day care for ages Infant through 4 years old, with afterschool programs through 5th grade.

Montessori West Christian School

864.576.5414 | 8800 Warren H. Abernathy Highway, Spartanburg, SC

Montessori school offering full-time or part-time preschool, kindergarten and after-school care for children 14 months through six years old.

Adora Childcare

864.382.1833 | 2825 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Full day childcare for children 6 weeks – 6 years old, including a new full-day kindergarten program.

Primrose School of Greenville

864.370.8118 | 404 Houston Street, Greenville, SC

Full-day childcare for infants through pre-kindergarten. Also offering after-school care for kids up to 12 years of age.

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