The Ultimate Guide to Daycare in Greenville and the Upstate

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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!

Disclaimer: This list is intended for informational purposes and none of the contents should be considered a specific recommendation or endorsement from Kidding Around or its staff. All advertisements are marked “sponsored.”


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!

Daycare by Type

Daycare by Area

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.

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.

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.

La Petite Academy of Greenville

864.676.1539 1518 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC

Offering full-day childcare for infants through pre-k. Also offering before- and after-school childcare for kids up to 12 years of age.

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.

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.

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.

Green Apple Childcare Center

864.991.2104 1440 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

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

Pelham Road Baptist Child Development Center

864.288.7674 1108 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Offers programs for infants through K4.

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.

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.

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.

The Sunshine House

Several locations in the Upstate, SC

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.

Big Blue Marble Academy

864.232.8674 Locations in Greenville & Mauldin, 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.

Giggles Drop-In Child Care

864.252.4252 3620 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Daycare services, drop-in childcare services, after-school care, and summer camp programs.

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.

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.

Park Place Children's Center

864.270.5910 205 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Full-day childcare for infants through four year olds.

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.

Solverus Christian Academy

864.292.9909 2 Upstate locations, , SC

Full time childcare for infants through Kindergarten.

This is My Child Center for Child Development and Education

864.439.7760 [email protected] 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.

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.

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.

Exceptional Child Academy

864.308.1202 101 Builders Court, Spartanburg, SC

Offering childcare for children 6 weeks through 5 years old. Also offering after-school care.

Kiddie Academy of Five Forks

864.627.1985 321 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC

Full day childcare for ages 6 week through 12 years. Plus after school care for kids up to 12 years of age.

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Jenna
1 year ago

We highly recommend SONSHINE learning center on haywood road! It’s a church run daycare, part of Greenville Nazarene, but they are affordable, give our kids lots of outdoor play, offer extracurricular activities (soccer shots, stretch n grow, roller skating), and are great!! They open at 6:30 am, which was a huge benefit when we started there & I was having to be at work at 7. Their location is super convenient too!