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Downtown Greenville, Greenville City & Taylors Preschools

Are you looking for a preschool in downtown Greenville, Greenville city or the Taylors area of the Upstate? Here’s our list of preschools recommended by local parents that are located in downtown Greenville or in the nearby Taylors/Greenville area. This list includes private preschools, churches and more!

To find all of the preschools in the counties and cities surrounding Greenville city, see our Ultimate Guide to Preschools in Greenville and the Upstate which includes Greenville, Spartanburg and areas across Upstate, SC.

First Presbyterian Academy Downtown • Shannon Forest

TITLE SPONSOR 864.678.5107 | Two Campuses, Greenville, SC

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.  The foundation and framework of our school is rooted in a Christian worldview. FPA also continues to offer small, intimate classes taught by exceptional faculty who embrace the idea that teaching is also discipleship.

  • The Downtown Campus offers a K2 – K6 Academic Program located on the campus of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville, SC.  The K6 Program addresses those not quite ready for Kindergarten.
  • The Shannon Forest Campus offers a K3 – K5 Academic Program located on Garlington Road in Greenville, South Carolina

Both campuses:

  • Employ experienced, degreed teachers
  • Provide learning through play, exploration, and interactive experiences
  • Focuses on instruction that addresses the needs and interests of every child
  • Includes early and late stay options.

Find out more at First Presbyterian Academy!

Mitchell Road Christian Academy

SPONSORED 864.268.2210 | 207 Mitchell Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: K3 – 8th grade

For over 45 years, Mitchell Road Christian Academy has upheld a tradition of academic excellence, character development, and spiritual formation for students in K3-8th grade. We provide a safe environment with caring, accessible, and experienced teachers who challenge and nurture students. MRCA offers half-day Early Education programs as well as half and full-day options for our K5 classes. After-school care is available until 6 pm.

MRCA’s goal for our preschool students is to give them a love for learning and lay the groundwork for academic growth and character development through our biblical worldview instruction. Our teachers plan child-focused learning units to cultivate a child’s curiosity. We value the unique qualities each child brings to our school!

Visit our website to see how Mitchell Road Christian Academy can partner with your family. Click here to learn about our admissions process. Call 864-268-2210 or email [email protected]mitchellroadchristian.org for more information. We look forward to meeting you!

Amazing school with wonderful, loving teachers and strong academics!!

Brooke

St. Giles Presbyterian Church Preschool

SPONSORED 864.244.9403 | 1021 Hudson Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Ages 1-4

St. Giles offers an enriching Preschool program focusing on Emergent Literacy which includes reading, writing, speaking, listening. We also focus on Math, Art, Music, Creativity, and Play. We nurture children as they grow in their ability to manage their behavior, develop language, interact with friends and teachers, as well as grow in their academic skills.

St. Giles offers classes for ages 1-4 with 2,3, and 5 day programs. Classes are 9 am – 12 pm with an optional late stay Monday-Thursday from 12-1 pm.

Email St. Giles at [email protected] or visit them at St. Giles!

St. Giles Preschool is Greenville’s little hidden treasure. It has a wonderful family friendly atmosphere where everybody knows your name and the student’s names. Children are treated with respect and great care, but most of all LOVE. The teachers are very special and have a great passion and dedication for and to St. Giles

Christ Church Episcopal School

SPONSORED 864.299.1522 | 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC

CCES School Guide 2022

Offers: Pre-K – High School

An independent college preparatory school in the Episcopal tradition, Christ Church Episcopal School is one of the Greenville, SC area’s most prestigious academic institutions, serving approximately 1,150 students in grades K5-12.

If you are looking for a school that will offer your child an educational experience unlike any other in the Upstate, a school that will educate the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, morally, and physically – then you will want to consider becoming a part of the CCES family.

Find out more at CCES!

The close relationships formed between students, teachers and administrators is very apparent at CCES. The teachers demonstrate such concern and love for my child and make her feel welcome and cherished. From book buddies to science exploration with Upper School biology classes, to Skyping with students in Brazil, to enrichment and discovery opportunities to expand her appreciation for music and inquiry, my child has been given opportunities not seen in many other schools.

New Parent of a CCES Primer Student

Upstate Kids Learning Center

SPONSORED 864-235-7505 | 1105 Haywood Rd., Greenville, SC

Offers: 6 months – 5 years

Whether you work part-time, need to run some errands, or work on home projects, Upstate Kids Parents Morning Out of Greenville First Assembly offers child care in a safe, loving environment with excellent staff for children ages 6 months-5 years old.

Our hours are 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday through Thursday and we offer daily drop-in rates for your convenience. Located near the intersection of Haywood and Pelham Road in Greenville, Upstate Kids provides convenient access for parent drop-off and pick-up. We run and operate inside of the Greenville First Church facility.

Upstate Kids focuses on the growth and development of children through play, interactive activities, and age appropriate curriculum. We also offer a music and movement class on Mondays. This class is intended to encourage children to dance, sing, and play while learning about Jesus. It reinforces musical concepts, rhythm, and motion.

“The leadership and staff of Upstate Kids Learning Center is not only experienced in early childhood development but is friendly and so accommodating for our children. Our children can’t wait to go back!” – Brittani, Parent (2 yr.old & 5 yr. old)

For more information visit our website at www.upstatekidslc.com and our Facebook page

Ivybrook Academy

SPONSORED | Two Locations, Upstate, SC

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.

The school’s teachers are college-degreed educators who work with families to develop individual learning plans designed around each student’s strengths and interests. Regardless of where a student is developmentally, his or her learning plan is customized to meet them where they are. This level of attention to each student is possible because Ivybrook Academy has the lowest teacher-to-student ratios of any preschool in the Upstate.

The school was built with collaborative, open spaces, natural lighting and natural things in the classrooms like plants and animals. The outdoor space at the two-acre campus includes organic gardens, open fields for play, an amphitheater, nature trails and playgrounds.

The curriculum combines the customized learning approach of Montessori, the experiences of Reggio Emilia, and Multiple Intelligence research. These philosophies are blended into a comprehensive program focused on the critical early years of cognitive and social development. The junior elementary school model of Ivybrook Academy prepares student’s for continued social and academic success in elementary school.

Two locations:

Ivybrook Academy Five Forks: 309 N. Highway 14 Simpsonville, SC 29681 (email) (website) (phone: (864) 661-0050)

Ivybrook Academy Greenville: 305 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 (email) (website) (phone: (864) 501-5997)

Sans Souci Academy

SPONSORED 864.233.4558 | 3100 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC

San Souci Academy is a K3 and K4 preschool. At Sans Souci Academy, we believe young children learn through play! The classroom has centers (such as House, Block, and Art Center, etc.) which provide learning opportunities for social experiences, imaginative play and fosters creativity.  The students have daily opportunities for gross motor play on the playground or gym activities.  Small Groups are a time when Math and Literacy is the focus, but activities are presented in an age appropriate and fun, exciting way.  

One of the most important things San Souci Academy focuses on is social/emotional goals such as sharing, taking turns, and cooperatively playing.  Once children have mastered most social/emotional, age-appropriate goals, then they are able to really focus on academic success—whether that’s now or later. 

We can’t wait to partner with you to help your child grow! 

For early registration, go to the San Souci Academy website. Also, for more information or to schedule a tour of our facility contact us at: [email protected] or 864.233.4558. 

Christ Church Episcopal School

SPONSORED 864.299.1522 | 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC

CCES Preschool Guide 2022

Offers: Pre-K – High School

An independent college preparatory school in the Episcopal tradition, Christ Church Episcopal School is one of the Greenville, SC area’s most prestigious academic institutions, serving approximately 1,150 students in grades K5-12.

If you are looking for a school that will offer your child an educational experience unlike any other in the Upstate, a school that will educate the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, morally, and physically – then you will want to consider becoming a part of the CCES family.

Find out more at CCES!

Early Learning Music Academy at Golden Strip School of Music

SPONSORED 864.626.3330 | 22 Garlington Road, Greenville, SC

Golden Strip C&A Guide 2022

At the Early Learning Music Academy at Golden Strip School of Music we have created a fresh and unique approach to teaching young children by using a music based curriculum where we integrate musical concepts to teach and reinforce core subjects. Every child will have the chance to learn not only math, English, science and other subjects, but begin learning about music and being exposed to musical concepts that they would not otherwise receive in a traditional classroom!

This music-based curriculum for 3-5 year olds is a unique and fun experience for our students. Our teachers are highly trained in preschool curriculum and education, as well as professional musicians so you can be sure that your child will receive top-notch instruction and care.
Located in the heart of the Woodruff Road area of Greenville, we offer a prime and safe location for our students and families.

This is a full day program with quiet/nap time. Students must be potty trained to attend.

Explorers Academy Preschool

SPONSORED 855.687.6923 | 638 East Washington St, Greenville, SC

Explorers Academy Preschool Guide

Greenville Explorers Academy Preschool is a licensed (#25529) preschool located in the heart of downtown Greenville.

World Explorers is dedicated to building community in the staff, families, and children they serve. They focus on the whole child experience including attention to healthy eating; physical fitness; access to math, science, and technology; and an appreciation for literature and art that reflects children in their own image.

Explorers Academy Preschool offers engaging creative curriculum to engage each individual child; added enrichment including yoga, music, and creative movement; wholesome meals and snacks; flexible summer extension camp – register only for the weeks you need!

Camps: When School Is Out We are In! Ages 2 and up.

Drop off after school childcare: Flexible, affordable, and educational. Ages 5 and Up

Family-centric Tours & Events: We are your partner and trusted resource for all family themed talks, events, and city tours!

It Takes a Village! And You’ve Found One!

Edwards Road Baptist (Eastside)

864.292.0194 | 1050 Edwards Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Moms Day Out (9 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday) for birth-3
K3-K5 (half-day with the option of late stay until 2 pm)

Edwards Road Baptist church has a great program that we have been a part of for five years. All three of my kids have gone there.

Local parent

Woodruff Road Christian Preschool

864.288.6428 | 20 Bell Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: 4 day programs for toddlers-4 year olds

"Woodruff Road Christian Preschool comes highly recommended from this teacher and mom of former students."

"Woodruff Road Christian Church preschool- it's the best kept secret! Small class sizes, amazing teachers, wonderful director who you see everyday, best loving, nurturing learning environment!"

Disciples CDC

864.297.6951 | 185 Riley Smith Drive, Greenville, SC

Offers: Infant-K4, half day

"Disciples CDC is wonderful, as a parent and teacher!"

"My vote to CDC as well! I love the extracurricular classes! Spanish is my favorite. And the K3 teachers are marvelous!!

Carolina Preparatory School

864.385.6020 | 212 Roper Mountain Road Extension, Greenville, SC

Carolina Preparatory School in Greenville offers small class sizes, creative teaching, and a nurturing environment for 6 weeks old through 5th grade. There are Full Day, Full Week options and Full Day, Partial Week options for attendance.

Carolina international preparatory school, they go from babies to grade 5. Small ratio teacher/student. Learning is fun and teachers are really engage!

Carolina International Preparatory School. The amazing teachers are great at making learning fun. They are also great at being patient and teaching morals and manners.

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!"

Taylors First Pre-Academy

864.678.8803 | 200 West Main Street, Taylors, SC

Offers: Parent’s Day Out program and K3-K5

Affiliated with Taylors First Baptist Church.

 

"My son went to Taylors first Baptist and we loved it."

"Taylors First Baptist Pre-Academy all the way!!!! For their love for the kids and their families, variety of fun, practical, and unique ways to make learning fun, and dedication to equip the kids with knowledge and love for God. And the price is very reasonable:)"

Little Folks of Fourth

864.232.8550 | 703 East Washington Street, Greenville, SC

Offers: Programs for 6 months – 5 years old

"Little Folks of Fourth!! (4th Pres. downtown)--small teacher/student ratio, teachers are INVESTED in children, you can go all week or choose which days you want your children to attend, nursery-k4/k5.

Furman CDC

864.246.8933 | 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC

Offers: K3- K5; Hands-on, project-based curriculum

"Furman CDC. Best preschool ever. Great teachers, small "house" environment, TONS of outdoor time, project based curriculum. Just adore them."

Brushy Creek Baptist Week Day

864.244.5015 | 4999 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC

Offers: MMO, K3, K4 with multiple schedule options
Late stay options are available

Hampton Park Christian School

864.370.3100 | 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC

Hampton Park Christian School in Greenville offers curriculum, education, and programming for K5 through 12th Grade.

Our Saviour Lutheran School

864.268.4714 | 2600 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC

Offers: K2, K3, K4 (ages 2 – 5)

"Our Saviour Lutheran School. Affordable and diverse!"

"Our Saviour Lutheran in Taylors is wonderful."

Solverus Academy Christian Preschool Greenville

864.292.9909 | 4317 East North Street, Greenville, SC

Offers: Infant – K5
Practices an Abeka curriculum

Providence Preschool

864.605.1011 X15 | 4000 Highway 153, Greenville, SC

Offers: K2 – K5, half day with 3 or 4 day options

Berea First Baptist Child Development Center

864.294.9001 | 529 Farrs Bridge Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: 3-4 years old, various ministry preschool programs throughout the week.

St. James Day School

864.884.9095 | 301 Piney Mountain Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Ages 1 – 4
Monday – Thursday; 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

"St. James Day School! The director Katie Allen is phenomenal and the teacher turnover is low. I love the car side drop off and pickup, the in-house field trips for the 2’s and 3’s and the friendly staff."

Leesa

Upstate Montessori Academy

864.551.1152 |  109 North Leach Street, Greenville, SC

Upstate Montessori Academy offers a Montessori education for students in 2K through 3rd grade. 2K and 3K have half-day or full-day programs, and 4K through 3rd grade has a full-day program.

"The environment that Mrs Kelly has set up to foster learning and creativity while celebrating individuality is wonderful. It was such a great first learning experience for both my son and us as parents." - Cleary

Aldersgate Child Development Center

864.268.5028 | 7 Shannon Drive, Greenville, SC

Offers: Toddler -K5

"Aldersgate Child Development Center!! All of the teachers are incredible and are genuinely happy to be there with our kids. I've always been impressed with the curriculum and what my kids come home knowing. Yet, they get to play and be little kids at the same time. It's just such a great balance!!" - Katie

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School

864.277.5350 | 2 James Drive, Greenville, SC

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in Greenville offers a classical program through the Catholic faith for children in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Cadence Academy Preschool

864.288.8884 | 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.

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.

Green Apple Childcare Center

864.991.2104 | 1440 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

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

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.

St. Mary's Catholic School

864.271.3870 | 101 Hampton Avenue, Greenville, SC

St. Mary’s Catholic School in Greenville offers academics and programming for children in 3K through 8th grade.

Offers: Programs for infants through K4.

Prince of Peace Catholic School

864.331.2145 | 1209 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors, SC

Prince of Peace Catholic School in Taylors is the primary apostolate of Prince of Peace Parish to offer a curriculum based on the teaching of the Catholic faith. Programs and curriculum are available for K4 – 8th Grades, and K4 has the option of a half-day or full-day.

Offers: Infants through kindergarten. In addition to their Simpsonville location, a new location is slated to open in Greenville Fall 2022!

Primrose School of Greenville

864.370.8118 | 404 Houston Street, Greenville, SC

Primrose School of  Greenville offers balanced learning and curriculum for infants through Kindergarten.

Primrose School of Midtown Greenville

864.232.6101 | 19 Villa Road, Greenville, SC

Primrose School of Midtown Greenville offers balanced learning and curriculum for infants through Kindergarten.

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