Preschool Guide 2021


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 mission is to develop the whole child…mind, heart, and spirit. 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 flexible scheduling and what the preschool can offer your family by contacting CCS at one of the links below.

4015 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(602) 381-9906

YMCA Preschool Program

The Y’s value-based approach to early learning will help your young child develop essential social, physical, and intellectual building blocks. Our state-licensed preschool programs provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to support the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth of your children. Children are encouraged to use their creativity, develop new skills, work and play with peers, and build positive relationships with adult role models.

All preschool programs are licensed by the state of Arizona and accept DES and the Arizona Enrichment Center Scholarship.

6869 E. Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 951-9622

New Covenant Lutheran School

At NCLS, they provide an environment in which children succeed and gain self-confidence. Where the children develop not just physically and intellectually, but also socially, emotionally and spiritually by filling your child’s day with learning, fun, friendship, and God’s love. Additionally they offer a “Mommy and Me” class along with a new Bunnies class for children as young as 16 months.

Now enrolling ages 16 months – 5yrs. Spots still available for this year 21/22.

15152 North Frank Lloyd Wright
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 391-1264

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

Tutor Time

Tutor Time’s Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs promote children’s increasing ability to self-regulate, focus, communicate both verbally and in writing, and to learn more rigorous academic and school readiness skills.  The focus in Preschool and Pre-K is the creation of a fun and engaging learning environment that prepares children both cognitively and socially for kindergarten and elementary school. Plus, the teachers use the information they observe to plan customized lesson plans and activities that are geared towards the skills children are ready now to learn, all while providing a safe learning environment and warm, respectful interactions.

Learn more at one of 26 valley-wide Tutor Time schools.

26 valley-wide schools

(866) 889 1783

Montessori Room

A boutique private Montessori Preschool with small class sizes and individualized attention. Every material in their Montessori classrooms supports an aspect of child development, building upon a child’s ‘sensitive periods’ and growing them as unique individuals. Children are given the tools to learn through their own experiences and at their own pace. They are given free choice to explore the natural curiosities that exist in all humans and build a solid foundation for life-long learning.

2 Locations
4848 E Thomas Rd Phoenix, AZ 85018
7202 E. Carefree Dr Cave Creek, AZ 85331

(480) 687-3054

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Scottsdale Moms articles all about preschool

Starry Night Preschool Project

If you’re looking for a fun process art project to do this spring break, consider a reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. If your preschooler is like mine and wants the facts, you can let them know: Van Gogh was born March 30, 1853. He painted Starry Night from his window in France. Van […]

FOMO is Real while I send my oldest to preschool

At the beginning of summer my “neighborhood mom group” was out to lunch together and someone asked me the plans for my oldest come fall. I told her where we were sending my oldest to preschool, our schedule and our teachers with a big smile on my face. She said she was excited for him […]

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

One of the hardest things about gift shopping is buying a present for a little one, when you don’t have a child around that age. It can be hard to know what your nephew wants for Christmas when your kids are grown and in college. A great solution for all ages is books! Here is […]

To Preschool or Not To Preschool? That Is the Question

Recently, my husband and I decided to send our (almost) three year old to preschool. Since I am mostly a stay at home mom, I got a lot of questions about why we think he needs to go to preschool if I am at home all day, and how we decided that he was ready. […]

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

Back to school gives me so much anxiety. I often think I am more nervous than my daughter is. Now that the summer is winding down and we are approaching another first day of school I thought it would be a good idea to share some Back to Preschool Tips that help me my daughter […]

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