The Premier Guide to Preschools & Day Care: Columbia, SC

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Preschools and Daycare in Columbia, SC

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Kids Garden Columbia Preschool *Open 8 am - 5:30 pm M-F*

SPONSORED (803) 451-0290 4714 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC

At Kids Garden, we’ve cultivated an eco-friendly community full of wonder, learning and growth. Parents are captivated by the flexibility and convenience, and children have the opportunity to learn and play in a natural and creative way. It’s an alternative for the mindful parent, with plenty of options to fit your family’s needs, offering a safe and supportive place to allow your child to thrive, create and discover.

*Creative Learning: We believe kids learn best through play, and have
designed a learning center for just that.

*Safe and Secure: Drop your child off any time knowing he or she will be in good hands. Our childcare educational center is secured with a keypad
entrance, and we require picture IDs for pickup. Our childcare providers
have all been thoroughly screened and are certified in CPR and first aid.

*ECO Friendly: Kids Garden is a green educational center where everything is environmentally friendly.

*Organic Meals and Snacks: All food served at Kids Garden is wholesome,
nutritious and peanut-free. We work with local partners including Whole
Foods when ordering meals, and hand select healthy snack options.

To sign up for Preschool, please call or email the center directly. or 803.451.0290

Pre-Kindergarten (4K)

Heritage Christian Academy’s Kindergarten Prep program offers your child the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, loving, Christ-centered environment. Our classical approach to education concentrates on the 3 essential elements of phonics, handwriting, and math with the integration of Biblical teachings. Students are given the opportunity to build skills through hands-on learning activities and real-life experiences. Our program is designed to develop students academically, socially, and emotionally to ensure they make a smooth transition into kindergarten.

Our school functions as a nurturing community in which students are respected as unique individuals created in the image of God. Biblical integration is an important part of instruction. We have amazing teachers who love God’s word and seek ways to integrate it in all aspects of the school day. You can rest in knowing your kindergarten student will be taught by skilled and knowledgeable teachers who love children and are dedicated to helping them realize their greatest potential.

Daily activities consist of the following:
• read-a-loud stories
• art and music experiences
• building relationships
• exploring God’s world

Midlands Montessori School

803.356.6434 140 Gibson Road Suite C, Lexington, SC

Midlands Montessori School offers full-day programming for children ages 3-6 years old.

St. John Neumann Catholic School

803.788.1367 721 Polo Road, Columbia, SC

St. John Neumann Catholic School offers a combination of traditional education courses with Catholic teachings.
Grades: Preschool – 6th grade
The school also offers extended care, advanced math, community service opportunities, and special interest courses.

B-Hive Daycare and Learning Center LLC

Sumter, SC

B-Hive Daycare and Learning Center LLC offers daycare services, tutoring, summer camps, and after school care. Weekly rates are available on their website.

College Of Early Learning

1313 Means Avenue, Columbia, SC

Private Montessori school for Pre-K through 12th grade

Montessori Early Learning Center

803.772.2262 1101 Balsam Road, Columbia, SC

Montessori Early Learning Center is a private school with an education curriculum based on Montessori-style learning.
The facility has 6 primary, multi-aged classrooms. The facility has observation mirrors installed in every classroom door for parent use at any time without an appointment.

Eastminster Presbyterian Day School

803.256.1654 3200 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC

Half-Day and Full-Day Preschool Programs in Columbia, SC for infants-4 years old

Incarnation Lutheran Child Development Center

803.256.7456 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC

The Incarnation Lutheran Child Development Center has preschool programming for children who are 8 weeks old through 4 years old. There’s also an After School Program where students are picked up by the church bus and brought back to the center.

North Trenholm Baptist Church

803.790.5104 6515 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC

North Trenholm Baptist Church has a Weekday Preschool for children ages 12 months-4 years old. School days are full days.

Montessori School of Columbia

803.783.8838 411 South Maple Street, Columbia, SC

  • Primary Program for 3-6 year olds
  • Lower Elementary Program for 6-9 year olds
  • Upper Elementary for 9-12 year olds
  • Middle School for 12-15 year olds

Cadence Academy Preschool offers childcare programs, summer camps, and an after school program called “The Clubhouse”. The program schedule can be found on their website.

Childcare Programs for:

  • Infants (6 weeks-1 year)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years old)
  • Early Learners (2-3 years old)
  • Preschool (3-4 years old)
  • Pre-K (4-5 years old)
  • School-Age (5-12 years old)

Locations in Harbison, SC, Lexington, SC and Northeast Columbia, SC:

450 Columbiana Drive, Columbia
5307 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington
1130 Sparkleberry Lane Extension, Columbia

After School Program at Cadence Academy: Includes homework help and free transportation from schools local to each Cadence Academy location

Summer Camp: Full-day summer camp for ages 5 to 12 that offer fun and activities to prepare kids for the next school year.

Holland Avenue Baptist Church

803.794.9133 801 12th Street, Cayce, SC

Holland Avenue Baptist Church offers a half-day preschool program for children 6 weeks old through kindergarten.

Aspire Early Learning Academy

803.859.4164 Columbia, SC

Preschool programs in Columbia, SC and Lexington, SC for infants through Pre- 4K, utilizing the Learning Beyond Curriculum.

1103 B Ave, West Columbia
320 S Lake Drive, Lexington
1535 Lorick Ave, Columbia
408 S Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner


Saint Joseph Catholic School

803.254.6736 3700 Devine Street, Columbia, SC

Saint Joseph Catholic School offers a traditional education with cutting-edge teaching techniques combined with Catholic teachings based on the Diocese of Charleston.
Grades: 4K- 6th grade
In addition, they offer enrichment courses such as art, music, physical education, guidance, technology, and Spanish


Gamechangers @ River's Edge Retreat

Columbia, SC

Our mission is empowering children for greatness through amazing programs, enriching faith and providing essential support for families in the Midlands. We host a summer camp and afterschool program.

Lexington Baptist Preschool

803.359.2866 308 E Main Street, Lexington, SC

Lexington Baptist Preschool has classes for children 18 months old through 5K. There are options to choose between 2, 3, and 4 day attendance.

Bethel United Methodist

803.787.3089 4600 Daniel Drive, Columbia, SC

Preschool program for 8 weeks to 4 years old in Columbia, SC

Saxa Gotha Presbyterian Child Development Center

803.359.2058 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexingtong, SC

Saxa Gotha Presbyterian Child Development Center has preschool classes and programs for children ages 2 through 4. There’s also an Afterschool Program for kindergartners through 5th graders.

Asbury Memorial UMC Preschool

803.776.8121 1005 Asbury Drive, Columbia, SC

Preschool and kindergarten in Columbia, SC for ages toddlers and ages 2-5. Programs are partial day and there are options for attendance 3-5 days per week.

Northside Christian Academy

803.520.5656 4347 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC

Northside Christian Academy is a private school located in Lexington County.
The school offers a Christ-centered education for grades K -12.
In addition to academics, they offer athletics and arts programs.

They also have an Early Education Center for children ages 6 weeks old through kindergarten.

McGregor Presbyterian Preschool

803.781.2539 6505 St Andrews Road, Columbia, SC

McGregor Presbyterian Preschool offers classes for 1 year olds through 4 year olds. You can choose from 2, 3, or 5 days per week. Classes are half-days.

View a virtual tour of McGregor Presbyterian Preschool.


Kids Garden Columbia

4714 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC

Kids Garden is play-based, commitment-free, health-conscious care, modeled after Montessori, Reggio, and play-based learning theories. Children have the freedom to explore and learn through play.

Beulah United Methodist Church

803.892.3793 161 Beulah Church Road, Gilbert, SC

Preschool program for ages 6 weeks old to 4 years old

Mt Hebron Dayschool

803.794.8275 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC

Mt Hebron Dayschool has half-day preschool programs for infants through kindergarten.

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

803.765.2309 3000 South Beltline Boulevard, Columbia, SC

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School offers education from ages 2 (nursery school) through 12th grade. The campus is situated on 122 acres of wooded wetlands and has incorporated natural “outdoor” education into its curriculum.

Lake Carolina Early Learning Center

803.419.8858 41 Helton Drive, Columbia, SC

Lake Carolina Early Learning Center offers preschool programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

Grace Christian School

803.794.8996 416 Denham Avenue, West Columbia, SC

Grace Christian School offers traditional education with a Christ-centered approach. They offer academics, athletics, fine arts, and spiritual development programs.
They offer educational programs from PreK – 12th grade.
Grace Christian School also has an Early Learning Center for infants (6 weeks old) – 2 years old.

Cutler Jewish Day School

803.782.1831 5827 N Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC

Programming for infants-5th graders. Preschool programming goes through 5 years old.

Shandon Weekday School

803.799.8533 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC

  • Full-Day preschool and childcare for infants through 4K
  • After-school program for 5K-8th grade (year-round or school year only)
  • Full-Day Summer Camp for 5K-8th grade

Summer Discover Camp: Program is a full day from 7 am until 6:30 pm. Kids are divided by grade level and participate in extra mini camps (with no additional charge) like Art, Soccer Shots, Literacy Legends, Sports Superstars, and Clay Sculpting.

Shandon Weekday School also offers an after school program from 2:30 pm to 6 pm during the school year and from 7:30 am to 6 pm during the Summer. To find the bus your child will ride visit their website.

Center for Learning

803.254.0068 2729 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC

CFL is an Independent Early Childhood Program offering care for children 12 months to 4 years of age in their Child Development Program.

CFL also offers kindergarten through 5th grade in their academy program.

Bright Horizons Preschool

803.667.4235 1835 Assembly Street, Suite 113, Columbia, SC

Programs for infants – preschoolers, including kindergarten prep, located at the Columbia Federal Center.

Kathwood Baptist Preschool

803.787.3434 4900 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC

Kathwood Baptist offers a preschool program for children 6 weeks through 4 years old. There are full-time and part-time options.

Pisgah Child Development Ministries

803.358.9577 1350 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington, SC

Pisgah Child Development Ministries has programs and classes for children ages 18 months through 5 years old.

Ben Lippen School

803.807.4000 Multiple campuses, Columbia, SC

Ben Lippen Schools is a private, Christ-centered school for preschool -12th grade.
They have three campuses in the Columbia, SC area.

Monticello Road Campus: Pre-K3 through 12th Grade
7401 Monticello Road, Columbia

Northeast Campus: Pre-K4 through 1st Grade
3513 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia

St. Andrews Road Campus: Pre-K3 through 4th Grade
500 St. Andrews Road, Columbia


Chesterbrook Academy

877.271.4487 1050 Wildwood Centre Drive, Columbia, SC

Full-Day preschool and daycare for ages 18 months – Pre-K designed to prepare kids for kindergarten.


Living Springs Lutheran Church Child Development Center

803.736.0776 4224 HardScrabble Road, Columbia, SC

Living Springs Lutheran Church Child Development Center has full-day classes for infants through 4/5 year olds.

Lake Murray Presbyterian Day School

803.345.1152 2771 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin, SC

Lake Murray Presbyterian Day School is a preschool program for children ages 6 weeks old through 5 years old. There’s a full-day program and a part-time program.

Spring Valley Presbyterian Church Preschool

803.788.4005 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC

Spring Valley Presbyterian Church Preschool offers 2, 3, and 5 days a week programming for children ages 2-4. Preschool days are half days, but there’s an extended care option, too.

Monumental Kids Academy Learning Center fosters tomorrow’s leaders through a safe, inclusive, stimulating learning environment, nurturing knowledge, character, and creativity in every child.

Love Learning Center

803.575.0322 411 Lexington Avenue, Chapin, SC

Love Learning Center has classes for children 8 weeks through Pre-K. Programs are full-time.

Harmony School SC

803.787.1899 3737 Covenant Road , Columbia, SC

Harmony School is a private school offering pre-K – Elementary school education. Their blended curriculum is inspired by Waldorf, Montessori, and Inquiry-based learning.

The school also offers after-school care.


Lake Murray Baptist

803.957.1435 1001 Highway 378 West, Lexington, SC

Lake Murray Baptist Preschool offers programs for children ages 1 through 5 years old.

Heyward Street Methodist Preschool

803.771.4540 2501 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC

Heyward Street Methodist Preschool offers half-day programming for 2, 3, and 4 year olds. You can choose between 2, 3, or 5 days per week.

Mt Olive Lutheran Church

803.781.5845 1541 Lake Murray Boulevard, Columbia, SC

Mt Olive Lutheran Church Preschool is a half-day program for children ages 2-4.

Trenholm Road United Methodist Preschool

803.254.9848 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC

Trenholm Road United Methodist Preschool has full time programming for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years. They also have an afterschool program for grades 5K through 5th grade.

Timmerman School

803.782.2748 2219 Atascadero Drive , Columbia, SC

Timmerman School is an SCISA Accredited private school in Columbia, SC for grades K – 12.
They offer academics, athletics, and fine arts.

The high school program receives their education through Connections Academy with on-campus private teacher assistance.

Brookland Academy Child Development Center

803.744.7918 1054 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC

Full-day preschool programming for infants (6 weeks old)-4 years old. The school is located at Brookland Baptist Church.

Spring Valley Baptist Preschool

803.736.7710 91 Polo Road, Columbia, SC

Half-Day Preschool in Columbia for ages 1-4 at Spring Valley Baptist Church. The half-day, play-based program is from 9 am to noon, weekdays.

Big Blue Marble Academy

3 Locations, Columbia, SC

  • Programs for infants-4K
  • Before & After School Programs, including pick up from local schools.
  • Summer Camps

Locations in West Columbia, Lexington, and Irmo:

3912 Leaphart Rd, West Columbia
110 Hadleigh Drive, Lexington
101 North Royal Tower Drive, Irmo

Union Day School

803.781.0630 7582 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC

Union Day School offers full time preschool programming for children ages 6 weeks to two years old.


803.892.4496 3630 Augusta Highway, Gilbert, SC

MEGA Child Development Center offers full day programming for 2-4 year olds.

Midlands Primary Learning Center

803.479.8983 203 Hendrix Street, Lexington, SC

Midlands Primary Learning Center has full day preschool classes for children ages 2-4 years old.

Trinity Learning Center

803.254.5819 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC

Trinity Learning Center in Columbia, SC offers full day preschool programming for infants through 5-year-olds. They also offer an after school program from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade.

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