Preschools and Childcare in Chester County

By Jen Anderson, West Chester Macaroni Kid November 1, 2023

A child’s education and care is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. West Chester Macaroni Kid has an online Preschool and Daycare Guide for the Chester County area to help parents with this sometimes overwhelming decision. This list will evolve over time, so continue to check back periodically for updated information to assist you in your search. We've included Preschools and Daycares in and near West Chester, Exton, Downingtown, Garnet Valley, Chester Springs, Malvern, Paoli, and in between.

In this resource, you will find program information, such as schedule options and curriculum. You will also find links to school websites and contact information. It's easier than ever to find information on area schools and childcare facilities and to schedule that tour today!

Calvary Lutheran Preschool

Calvary Lutheran Preschool, founded in 1971, offers a play-based, developmentally appropriate, and hands-on curriculum for students ages 2-5. With schedules ranging from 2-5 days per week, offering half and full-day options, Calvary’s degreed and certified teachers work in partnership with families to best meet each child’s individual needs, while scaffolding each child as they learn, grow, and explore. Come experience the Calvary Lutheran Preschool tradition! 

Calvary Lutheran Preschool Website
730 South New Street, West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 696-3427

 West Chester Dance Works / Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts

West Chester Dance Works is excited to introduce dance to your young ones in a caring and friendly atmosphere. Our Pre-elementary program serves kids ages 3.5-6 with options ranging from Predance, Ballet/Jazz, Hippity Hop and more in our family-run studio. Please ask about how we can bring our engaging dance classes to your preschool!

 West Chester Dance Works / Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts
315 Westtown Road, Unit 9
Phone: 610-692-3398

Goshen Friends School

The program at Goshen Friends, an independent Quaker school founded in 1959, is based on the philosophy that children learn best through dynamic play. Throughout the school year, students are engaged in a variety of activities that are designed to help them grow socially, emotionally, creatively, and academically. Goshen’s experienced teachers honor each child’s individual spirit, helping them to grow independently while teaching them the value of friendship and teamwork. 

Year-round, students learn and play both inside and outside. A robust holistic and experiential curriculum in all classrooms includes thematic, play-based lessons that nurture pre-reading, pre-writing, pre-math, and pre-science skills. All students enjoy “specials” classes in art, music, and Spanish, as well as an outdoor education class that takes advantage of the school’s 10-acre campus with nature-based activities like story walks, treasure hunts, gardening and yoga. The curriculum engages the youngest students in preschool through the oldest students in pre-kindergarten with opportunities for hands-on learning that spark children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Goshen Friends School Website
814 N. Chester Road, West Chester PA 19380
Phone: 610.696.8183

Grove Preschool

55 years and still growing! Grove Preschool has a proud history of helping each child make a smooth transition from home to school with our gentle and nurturing approach. Our purpose is to provide developmentally appropriate experiences in a Christian environment which will enable each child to achieve his/her full potential. 

From younger three-year-olds to five-year-olds, we have a variety of class offerings designed to accommodate your preschooler. In addition to the core class offerings, the children attend music or gym class each month. We also offer a Lunch and Play program to extend the day. New next fall.....Spanish lessons for students in our Full Day 4 classes!Grove Preschool is committed to providing the highest standard of education to all our students, staying current with educational trends, and providing continuing education opportunities for our teachers and staff. Come join our family!

Grove Preschool Website
490 W Boot Rd West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-696-8107

MUMS Christian Preschool

MUMs is a ministry of Marshallton United Methodist Church offering faith-based early education for children ages 3-5 years old. Teachers are committed to model Christian values, teach with enthusiasm and encourage positive social interaction while preparing children for academic success.

MUMs Christian Preschool offers classes for 3 year olds & 4/5 years
Extended day option: 4/5 year olds / PreK 9:00-2:00 every Tue & Thu
Lunch Bunch is also offered Wednesday

Fenced playground, family events, seasonal celebrations, and off-site field trips round out the curriculum.

MUMS Christian Preschool Website
1282 W. Strasburg Road, West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610.696.5247

Saint Agnes School
For 150 years, St. Agnes School has provided academic excellence and Catholic values for our students ranging in age from Preschool to Grade Eight.  Faith, Academics, Service and Fun are at the center of all that we do at St. Agnes School!

211 W. Gay Street; West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-696-1260


St. Maximillian Kolbe School

St. Max is expanding our preschool program to offer more classes! Come visit and learn more about our welcoming community, new state-of-the-art gym, expanded offerings and half or full-day preschool options.
300 Daly Drive


St. Paul's Preschool

St. Paul's Preschool strives to provide a quality education in a nurturing Christian environment which will foster each child's social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth. Emphasis is placed on active learning through play to enhance cognitive growth.

We offer small class sizes, weekly bible stories, a special music and movement program, extended afternoon and lunch enrichment programs, lunch bunch and much more.  We have a 5-day Pre-K class for those 4’s and 5’s who will not go to kindergarten due to age or simply need an extra year in a small class.  Our hours for the 3’s, 4’s and Pre-K are from 9 am to 12 noon.

St. Paul's Preschool - Website
104 S. Village Avenue, Exton, PA 19341
Phone: (610) 594-9393

St. Peter's Preschool

St. Peter's is a nurturing, play-based preschool. "Small on purpose" allows each child time to develop at their own pace and teachers time to know each one as an individual. 

St. Peter's Preschool Website
2475 St. Peter's Road Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2261

West Chester Playschool

West Chester Playschool, Inc., is a non-profit preschool, operated and administered by parents since 1975. We are a co-op model and involve both licensed teachers and families/parents in the education of your child. At the heart of our program is PLAY.  In our child centered program children learn through our play-based curriculum from age 2 through PreK.

West Chester Playschool Website
725 W Miner St, West Chester PA 19382
Phone: 610-692-6538

YMCA of Greater Brandywine

The YMCA is the largest provider of licensed childcare in Chester County. Led by degreed teachers, children flourish in warm, supportive environments, as they develop the essential skills needed for success in school and life. We offer many childcare and early learning programs for children six weeks old to six years old. Our programs provide children with hands-on learning experiences through a comprehensive, research-based curriculum known as Creative Curriculum, which focuses on exploration and discovery as a way of learning. In addition, our programs participate in the Keystone STARS program, which promotes high-quality standards in early learning and school-aged programs.

YMCA Childcare - Preschool Website
605 Airport Road, West Chester PA 19380
Phone: 610-696-9622

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