Preschool Guide 2020


We all want our children to learn and grow in a safe and loving environment. When it’s time for your child to start attending preschool, there are SO MANY wonderful schools in our area to choose from. To make it easier for you to see your options, we have created our comprehensive list of Scottsdale Preschools. Read about some of our sponsored schools and take a look at the tabs below for all of the schools in our area.

Need some more preschool advice? Take a look at the articles below written by some of our local Scottsdale Moms!


Scottsdale Moms Sponsored Preschools

Christ Church School

Christ Church School’s goal is to educate the whole child…mind, heart, and spirit. Their preschool programs include play based activities for twos and threes, and expanded academic programs for pre-k and junior kindergarten students. Small class sizes ensure your child will receive the attention and focus they need to learn and grow. Christ Church School also offers a variety of curriculum that includes chapel, music, library, and P.E. Learn more about their flexible scheduling and what their preschool can offer our family by contacting them at one of the links below. 

4015 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(602) 381-9906

Building Blocks Preschool

A multi-age preschool offering a transformative academic program for young learners ages 3–5. Students engage in a comprehensive and content-rich curriculum, with hands-on activities, designed to develop their natural curiosity, enthusiasm, and ability. Each day includes frequent time for movement, play, and rest breaks to promote physical health and student learning.

12001 E. Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

New Covenant Lutheran School

The preschool program at New Covenant Lutheran School offers both half day and full day common core based early learning curriculum. Students are introduced to academics through a variety of age appropriate lessons. Teachers at New Covenant are continuously measuring individual knowledge, skills and behaviors of the children. Students attending preschool will also receive lessons in Spanish, Bible, and Chapel. Full day students will continue the academic journey after lunch and participate in music and movement, science, and mathematics, as well as expanded curriculum from morning activities. 

15152 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Scottsdale AZ 85260

(480) 391-1264

Arizona Sunrays Active Preschool

Active bodies build active minds! At Arizona Sunrays, the licensed Learning Center cultivates teaching through movement. Studies show that children learn and retain information while being physically active. 3 to 5 year-olds participate in gymnastics, dance, yoga, music, art, and Ninja Zone.

Instruction in ZooPhonics, the multi-sensory approach to language arts, incorporates movement to the ABCs. Class sizes are small with an 8:1 ratio. The teachers and coaches provide a caring and safe environment in the valley’s premier, gymnastics, dance, and preschool facility. 

15801 N 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

(602) 992-5790

Developing Minds Academy

At Developing Minds Academy, they offer Dual Language (Spanish) and small class sizes with low ratios. The social emotional learning approach to teaching is an effective way to help students learn self regulation, confidence, and executive function skills, preparing them for cognitive and academic success. They sets the stage for life long learners, with a mindful approach to Early Childhood Education. They also offer a natural playground and weekly lessons with yoga, mindfulness, music and sports.

9659 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale, AZ  85258

(480) 443-0513

S.E.E.K Early Learning Center

S.E.E.K. Early Learning Center is an early education center staffed with highly qualified professionals dedicated to providing their students and families with a safe, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment. The association with S.E.E.K. Arizona gives them access to more resources than most schools to enhance the student’s educational journey. These resources include therapy animals, board certified behavior analysts (BCBA), speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists. They are also a voluntary participant in the Quality First program. 

Student to Teacher Ratio: 1:5 infants, 1:6 Toddler, 1:13 preschool

1848 N. 52nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 

(602) 283-7620

Primrose School of North Scottsdale

Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. The teachers and staff partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life. With purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, the Balanced Learning approach inspires children to think in more ways: with creativity, compassion and resourcefulness. This time-tested approach instills a love of learning and discovery that helps your child develop and excel for years. 

10120 E Bell Road 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 455-5100

Shepherd of the Desert Preschool

In the 36th year of exemplary education, Shepherd of the Desert Preschool has touched thousands of families and provides a safe and loving environment for students ages two through five years. The school provides a developmentally appropriate, well-rounded, hands-on early childhood program with an emphasis in social and emotional growth as well as literacy, math, science, technology, engineering and the arts. Every day a student enters the facility, he or she grows spiritually, socially, independently and academically by working together, asking questions, and exploring the world around us.

9400 E. Mountain View Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 860-0488

YMCA Preschool

Scottsdale/PV Family YMCA is excited to open spots in our 2019/2020 Early Learning classrooms! They offer curriculum driven, all day care for 3-5 year olds! As a state licensed facility, they pride themselves on providing amazing care to meet your child’s social, developmental, and educational needs. The classrooms are structured to expose children to STEM, STEAM, Relationship Building, Love of Reading, and more! With indoor and outdoor spaces, they meet even the most active child’s needs and you also gain access to all the youth programming provided by the Y! Contact Danielle Gilmore, the Program Director of Youth Development today to learn more! [email protected] 

6869 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

(602) 404-9622

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Scottsdale Moms articles all about preschool

Starry Night Preschool Project

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FOMO is Real while I send my oldest to preschool

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Why Preschool Enrollment Stressed Me Out

My three year old son has officially completed his first semester of preschool (do they have semesters in preschool?). I’m not going to claim that surviving the last five months makes me some kind of preschool parenting expert, but my family has learned a thing or two over the last year that is worth sharing. In January 2015, my […]

Best Preschool Books – Our family favorites

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To Preschool or Not To Preschool? That Is the Question

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Back to School Transition Tips for Preschoolers (and their parents!)

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