Whether you are looking for traditional day care, a nursery school, a learning center or a private preschool, you have the choice of some of the best facilities in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. The right place has a qualified, caring staff, adequate staff-to-student ratios and a safe learning environment. Then again, the curriculum and balance of play to learning is so important in developing social skills and young minds. With all of that in mind, here are some of the best day care options for families in the Las Vegas area.
KinderCare Learning Center
1901 N Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89074
KinderCare Learning Center Green Valley is a NAEYC-accredited preschool operated by Knowledge Learning Centers. It has a caring director, loving well-trained staff and the children are divided into “rooms” i.e. classrooms according to age and ability. The preschool program is excellent, with children learning the alphabet, numbers and basic printing exercises to prepare them for kindergarten. They are schooled in their names, addresses and phone numbers to also help with kindergarten readiness. Lunches and snacks are included and subsidies may be available, depending upon parental need. The staff-to-student ratio is within Child Daycare guidelines and this school also offers an excellent enrichment program for music, math, cooking and phonics skills. Care is offered for children from six weeks of age to a before- and after-school program (and school holiday care) for older students. The playground is divided into age-appropriate areas and provides room for children to develop their physical prowess. This is a participating NACCRR Center.
2150 Windmill Pkwy
Children ages six weeks and older come to Merryhill School to learn and develop social and educational skills. Preschoolers learn the basics for kindergarten readiness in an interesting environment and the curriculum has recently been changed to enhance emergent development. The school houses a private Kindergarten that follows state curriculum guidelines and children are offered a summer and winter “camp” each year. The staff is well-trained and educated and provides an excellent learning experience using a variety of tools and a solid curriculum. The staff-to-student ratio is well below state requirements. The playground provides more than adequate space for children to run, play and grow and the solid curriculum allows for active and academic learning every day.
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Children’s Learning Adventure
2488 E. Russell Road
Las Vegas, NV 89125
Children’s Learning Adventure provides a safe, nurturing environment for children where they are encouraged to learn, grow and thrive in a fun, interesting, varied place filled with wonder and stimulation. The well-educated instructors teach a “Lifetime Adventures” curriculum which is structured to include the entire family in the growth and development of each child. This well-developed curriculum allows time for active learning as well as academic skills, fostering a life-long love of learning for the children in their care. As children grow from infancy through kindergarten readiness, the curriculum grows with them, building upon previously learned skills to enhance the experience. Reviews of this center are generally excellent, with reviews from reliable sources confirming the day care’s reputation.
1725 E. Serene Ave.
Paradise, NV 89123
Challenger School’s sole purpose is the quality of education for its students. Its mission is to prepare children to love learning throughout their life: to help them learn how to become self-reliant, independent members of society. The bedrock for education can be found in reading, composition, math, history and logic – the foundation for all other learning. Children are prepared to excel and achieve all that they can while promoting honesty, justice, thinking skills and integrity. If you believe your child is meant for excellence, Challenger School will prepare them for a successful future from preschool throughout college and into the workforce.
Green Valley Christian School
711 N. Valle Verde Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
Green Valley Christian School has a reputation for excellence, beginning with the preschool program and progressing through its high school curriculum. Preschool lessons are theme-based, allowing for teachers to use nature, the environment and various materials to enhance children’s learning. Being a Christian preschool, morals such as respect, honesty and love for others are also addressed, and when children are encouraged to share belongings and feelings, cooperation and social skills are also enhanced. Teachers work with parents to develop their programs, and the family is first and foremost in this school. Physical activities and hands-on play allow children to explore various areas of the classroom at their own speed and ability, and this environment fosters autonomy and a joy for learning. GVCS belongs to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which affirms a quality school that is striving to keep improving and enhancing their programs throughout time.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.