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Half Day Preschools

Are you looking for a half-day preschool in Upstate, SC? Here’s our list of half-day preschool programs recommended by local parents. This list includes private preschools, church preschools and more!

To find all of the preschools in Greenville County, see our Ultimate Guide to Preschools in Greenville and Upstate, SC which includes not just half day preschools but also full day and Mom’s morning out preschool options in Greenville.

First Presbyterian Academy Downtown • Shannon Forest

TITLE SPONSOR 864.678.5107 | Two Campuses, Greenville, SC

FPA Preschool Guide Dec 2022

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

Abiding Peace Academy

SPONSORED 864.288.2867 | 401 Batesville Rd, Simpsonville, SC

Abiding Peace Academy ad preschool January 2022 (1)

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

Our objective at Abiding Peace Academy is to provide an 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.

Five Oaks Academy

SPONSORED 864.228.1881 | 1101 Jonesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Toddler (half day) – Middle School

Five Oaks Academy is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is the only Montessori school in the area that offers a cohesive program from toddler through eighth grade. With over 36 countries represented, the global community within Five Oaks Academy (FOA) and its unique research-based approach to education give students an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.

FOA is a welcoming environment that focuses on creating original thinkers and encourages students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Understanding that each child has his own learning style and interests, students at FOA are treated as individuals. A low student:teacher ratio allows each child to receive a customized education. Students explore the realm of mathematics, literature, history, science, geography and the arts in a creative and research-based manner.

Along with a challenging academic curriculum, the program fosters the development of time management skills and helps students learn to prioritize their responsibilities. Additionally, students are led in discovering and developing their own unique talents and strengths. Most importantly, FOA strives to foster student’s curiosity and love of learning so they become lifelong learners. Our goal is for our students to have success not only in the classroom but in the real world as well.

Find out more at Five Oaks Academy!

"It is a beautiful Montessori school that starts at 2k. Two of my children attend, and we love it! Take a tour!”

“Five Oaks Academy is amazing! I’ve never experienced a school quite like it. Five Oaks has a beautiful campus and amazing opportunities for children to learn Spanish, music, and gardening. Being a Montessori school, children learn with hands-on materials. My two children ADORE going to school there! My son told me, “I love weekends and all, but I love going to school best.” Five Oaks teaches a love of learning!”

Park Place Children’s Center

SPONSORED 864.270.5910 | 205 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Park Place Preschool Guide graphic

Offers: Infants through Kindergarten

Park Place Children’s Center offers exceptional care and pre-school education to children ages six weeks old through K4. Full-time and part-time spots are available. The developmentally appropriate curriculum includes a monthly assessment of each child to ensure that important milestones are being met. Our campus includes a gym, library, Enrichment Room and three age-appropriate playgrounds. Spanish is also taught daily. An on-site chef prepares a nutritious and delicious breakfast, lunch and snack each day. Safety is the top concern for our qualified staff as they provide excellent learning opportunities for all of our students.

Find out more at Park Place!

“Park Place Children’s Center on Batesville. Just visit once & you’ll see the difference between this phenomenal school and others.”

“Park Place is amazing!”

Holy Cross Academy

SPONSORED 864.963.5986 | 203 E. College Street, Simpsonville, SC

OPEN ENROLLMENT, INFANT – AFTERSCHOOL!

For over 30 years, Holy Cross Academy has been working with families to create a safe, yet exciting, environment for kids to thrive. At HCA, exceptional care means offering a greater teacher-to-child ratio, each room being equipped with creative learning spaces, all staff being CPR and First Aide certified, and providing well-balanced snacks and lunches while your child is with us!

For the safety of you and your family, our staff is fully vaccinated and wear masks while in the building.

Tours available weekly! Don’t forget to ask us about our Summer Program!

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

KidsZone Upstate

SPONSORED 864.263.3895 | 21 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC

KidsZone Preschool Guide

KidsZone Upstate is a drop-in childcare center offering flexible care to parents with children 1-12 years of age. You choose when and how long to come and only pay for the time you use. We offer weekly rates, daily rates, and hourly rates. We are open Monday through Thursday, 7am to 9pm, Friday 7am-11pm and Saturday 9am-11pm.  We offer preschool Monday-Friday from 9:30am-12pm and Parents Night Out on Fridays and Saturdays 6pm-11pm.

Each week has a brand-new theme for us to explore. We focus on introducing letters, numbers, shapes, and colors with a fun, hands-on curriculum. Our hands-on lesson plans are designed for children aged 2 to 5 years old. Each lesson is accompanied by circle time, music & movement, and a process-based art project. Before and after these activities the kids will have time to learn through free play.

Drop in today for a tour.

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. 

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

John Knox Kindergarten & Parents Day Out

864.322.0045 | 35 Shannon Drive, Greenville, SC

Offers: K3 (2-3 half day a week classes), K4 (3-5 half day classes), K5 (half day or extended day) 

"My daughter has attended John Knox in Greenville since she was 2 months old and is currently in K3 there. She has been very happy there and is sad when she can't go to school during breaks. She has learned so much there. The staff is extremely professional and makes the environment very inviting, loving, and fun!"

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!!

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.

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Preschool

864.288.4884 | 2252 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: 2 day K2, 3 day K3, and 5 day K4 & K5 (hours 9 am – 1 pm), and High 5’s transitional Kindergarten.

“St Mary Magdalene preschool is FABULOUS! My son went there for 3 years. Teachers are certified. They are great and director is amazing.”

“St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Preschool. Well qualified teachers who really get to know your child and love them like their own. Well balanced curriculum, with differentiation to help every child make progress. After only one year at SMMCP, my 2 were more than ready for Kindergarten!”

“St. Mary Magdalene preschool is incredible. My daughter loved it and she was MORE than ready for kindergarten. The curriculum is amazing and so are the teachers and staff.”

Calvary Christian Preschool

864.688.3043 | 3810 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: K2, K3, and K4 (3 day from 8:30-1:30) and K4 (4 day from 8:30-1:30), and K5 (4 day from 8:15 – 1:45)

We absolutely LOVE this school! They are wonderful, loving, genuine and make learning fun! CCP does a wonderful job nurturing the spiritual, social, and intellectual growth of their students

Simpsonville United Methodist Preschool

864.967.3071 | 215 SE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Mothers Day Out (children under 2) & Half Day Preschool for children 2-4

“Simpsonville United Methodist Church. They are a warm, welcoming and enriching environment for learning and growing. So happy we had an opportunity to place our child there for 3 years! Checked out many in the area but this was the best."

Brookwood Church Preschool Academy

864.688.8223 | 580 Brookwood Point Place, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Infant – K4 (Half and Full Day)

“Brookwood Preschool Academy has amazing teachers. They have loved and cared for my children for many years. Both my son and daughter learned so much there!”

Mauldin Christian Academy

864.288.1917 | 150 South Main Street, Mauldin, SC

Mauldin Christian Academy focuses on Christian education to help encourage spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth in students.

September-May School Year:

  • Preschool: 3 – 4 year olds, 8:15 am – 12:00 pm Monday-Friday
  • Elementary: K5 – 5th Grade, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday-Friday
  • After School Care: K5 – 5th Grade, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Monday-Friday

Year-round:

  • Daycare: 6 Weeks – K4, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday-Friday

It was a good experience for us too.

We really love Mauldin Christian Academy! Very caring teachers and administration that provide a loving environment! Small class sizes are a plus and my son learns so much with the Abeka curriculum.

Hopewell Learning Center at Hopewell United Methodist

864.967.8181 | 1420 Neely Ferry Road, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Infants & Toddlers, K2, K3, K4  half day programs, 2 -5 day options available.

Greer First Baptist Church

864.877.4253 | 202 W. Poinsett Street, Greer, SC

Offers: 8 weeks- 4K (half-day program)
Monday- Friday, 8:30 AM- 1:00 PM.

Providence Preschool

864.605.1011 X15 | 4000 Highway 153, Greenville, SC

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

St Matthias Lutheran Church Preschool

864.442.1379 | 109 Dayton School Road, Easley, SC

Offers: K1 (12 months) up to K4, mom’s morning out

Fairview Baptist Church Preschool

864.877.7959 | 1300 Locust Hill Road, Greer, SC

Offers: Classes for one and two year olds, as well as K3, K4, K5 and Mothers Day Out. 2-5 day options half day

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.

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

Mauldin United Methodist Preschool and Kindergarten

864.288.4729 | 100 E. Butler Road, Mauldin, SC

Offers: Care for children ages 1-3, as well as K4 and K5 with 2, 3, 4 or 5 day enrollment options.

Mauldin United Methodist Church Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Go to their website and follow them on FB!! The teachers there are the best and many have been there more than 10 years! Best prices for a quality program. Sweet school family environment.

Anna

Simpsonville KinderCare

864.228.6804 | 700 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: 6 weeks through 12 years

Minds in Motion Learning Center

864.244.0405 | 2106 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer, SC

Offers full-day programs for children aged 6 weeks through grade K5.
Half-day programs are also available for K2 – K5.
Also offers after-school care and summer programs through its affiliate The Village Project.

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.

The Advent Children's Center

864.585.7143 | 141 Advent Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Infant & Toddler Classes, Twos, Threes, and Fours Preschool Half Day Classes with 2 day – 5 day a week options
Affiliated with Episcopal Church of the Advent

Early Learning Center at the Mill 

864.587.1554 | 4455 Anderson Mill Road, Moore, SC

Offers: Half day preschool classes from 3 months of age – kindergarten
Affiliated with Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church

Eddlemon Adventist Child Development Center

864.576.2234 |  1217 John B White Senior Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Preschool for children 20 months – 4 years of age year round
Affiliated with Spartanburg Seventh-day Adventist Church

First Baptist Weekday Preschool

864.699.4219 | 250 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Preschool for infants through 4-K with half day and full day options, 3 day and 5 day options
Affiliated with First Baptist Spartanburg

Westminster Day School

864.585.8751 | 309 Fernwood Drive, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Preschool classes for children 4 months old through kindergarten
Affiliated with Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westgate Christian School

864.576.4953 | 1990 Old Reidville Road, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Classes for 3-year-old preschool through 12th grade
Affiliated with Westgate Baptist Church

Trinity Children's Center

864.585.2392 | 626 Norwood Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Year round preschool options for babies (6 months and up) through 4K
Morning or afternoon preschool offered.
Affiliated with Trinity United Methodist Church

St. James Methodist Kindergarten

864.576.1458 | 213 North Lanford Road, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Preschool classes for children 2 – 4 years old and Kindergarten
Affiliated with St. James United Methodist Church

Springs Christian Day School

864.578.2148 | 3600 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, SC

Offers: Preschool classes for children 2 – 4 years old with two-day, three-day, or five-day options.
Extended care is also available.
Affiliated with Boiling Springs First Baptist Church

Reidville Road Readiness Center

864.574.4554 | 5575 Reidville Road, Moore, SC

Offers: Mother’s Morning Out through 4-year-old kindergarten half-day classes
Affiliated with Reidville Road United Methodist Church

First Presbyterian Church Weekday School

864.583.4531 | 393 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC

Offers: Half day preschool for children 6 months of age through 4K
Affiliated with First Presbyterian Church

His Little Ones - First Baptist Lyman Preschool

864.439.8722 | 80 Groce Road, Lyman, SC

Offers: Preschool for children 12 months old – 4 years old
Affiliated with First Baptist Lyman Church

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.

Anderson Prep Preschool

864.940.0125 | 1910 Commonwealth Lane, Anderson, SC

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

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

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.

Bloom Fine Arts Preschool

864.849.9041 | 215 West Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer, SC

Offers: Half-day preschool for ages 3 – 5 years old, Monday through Thursday
School runs from 9 am – 1 pm.
3 or 4 day options are available.

Art, dance, and motor skill development are built into the curriculum.

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