Preschools and Childcare in Chester County

By Jen Anderson, West Chester Macaroni Kid June 3, 2024

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!

Advent Preschool + Childcare

Advent Preschool + Childcare, a ministry of Advent Lutheran Church, has been serving families in West Chester for nearly 50 years!. Advent Preschool  offers a full and half day program with extended care as well. We blend learning and play into a traditional preschool experience for children of all backgrounds and abilities.

Advent Preschool + Childcare Website
1601 Green Lane West Chester Pa 19382
Phone: 610-436-0807

Building Blocks Child Care Center

Building Blocks provides a safe and nurturing environment with programs that will foster self-esteem, confidence, and a love of learning. Our professionally trained and educated staff are committed to making a positive difference in your child’s life.

Our educational goal is learning through fun, creativity, and play, with a curriculum designed to nurture the full range of developing skills and interests of your child. Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age and summer camps.

Building Blocks Child Care Center Website
580 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610-444-0820

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. 

We offer a variety of classes and schedules for children between 2 years, 7 months and 5 years old. 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 for fall 2024......longer morning classes and more full day options!

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

Montgomery School

Montgomery School ignites each child’s love of learning and fosters their individual talents during the most formative years in order to prepare them for future success. We are committed to providing a learning environment where children’s social and emotional development takes priority, while our youngest learners navigate new experiences with a strong sense of self and a sensitivity to others. Our integrated curriculum is designed to establish foundational social and academic skills, while preparing children for the structure, social dynamics, and intellectual challenge of future classroom experiences.

Montgomery School Website
1141 Kimberton Rd. Chester Springs, PA 19425
Phone: 610-827-7222

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

Saint Agnes School has been providing generations of excellence in Catholic Education since 1872!  We offer a wonderful Early Childhood Program for children from 3 years of age to 5 years of age!  In addition, our school provides a quality academic program in a faith-based learning environment for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8.  

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


West Chester Friends School

West Chester Friends School provides three-year-olds through fifth graders with the essential foundation they require to become lifelong learners, contributing members of their communities and citizens of the world. 

WCFS offers impressive advantages to students because it is small by design, and dedicated exclusively to the education of children in early and elementary education. 

Each classroom and specialty area teacher is an expert in their field, as well as in the academic and social development of young children. At West Chester Friends School every child is known, their unique intellectual gifts celebrated and fostered.

West Chester Friends School
415 North High Street, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-696-2962

West Chester Playschool

Welcome to West Chester Playschool, a play-based co-op preschool where experienced teachers team up with parents to create a warm and nurturing early learning environment and each child’s curiosity and individuality is fostered. Through classroom aiding and the cooperative nature of our school, Playschool kids and their families enjoy a strong sense of community and belonging. At West Chester Playschool, the play-based approach is at the heart of what we do, and as a result, our students learn by doing, exploring, and interacting with their environment and peers, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

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


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