When my oldest hit age three, I felt like I ran full speed into a wall labeled “what are you doing for preschool?” I obviously knew this decision would be coming, but I was not prepared for the stress and pressure associated with figuring it out. I didn’t realize that this decision about a tiny person would feel so big.
So I started researching. I made a spreadsheet. I investigated websites, made phone calls, took tours, requested information packets. Now that I’m typing this out, I’m realizing that I spent way more time on this than I did researching some of the colleges I applied to….
After compiling everything last year, I made my decision for our family. Then 2018 rolled around and I’m needing to make decisions all over again. It was pretty handy to have my spreadsheet already made. I wish someone had handed me all the basic info first time around, so that’s what I’m doing for YOU!
I wouldn’t recommend sending your kid to a preschool you haven’t thoroughly investigated on your own, but I’m hoping my list can start you in the right direction. It’s likely you have some idea what type of program you’re looking for and what your price range is, so this will be an excellent starting point for you.
Some factors you may consider when choosing a preschool program:
Find the closest preschools to you. Enter your email here to receive a link to a map of Henderson with each preschool/childcare center on this list.
Cost: Some of these options are free. Some of the preschools have annual tuition rates twice the amount of my total college education. Most are in between. The schools are arranged in order by tuition cost. Due to differences in days/hours of preschools, the cost per hour is not necessarily in order, but monthly tuition is ROUGHLY in order cheapest to most expensive.
I’ve updated the information as much as possible to be current for 2018, but every entry includes a link to a website so you can continue your research on your own.
ACELERO LEARNING CENTER (HEAD START)
Registration Fee: Free
Location: 180 N. Westminster Way Henderson, NV 89015
(and various other locations in Las Vegas)
Schedule: 8am to 2pm daily? Extended care available
Details: Financial need-based program, must provide 12 months of income statements
PRESCHOOL AT PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Location: Throughout CCSD
Registration Fee: Free
Details: Many of the public elementary schools in CCSD have a preschool program for students with IEPs (“special needs”). Some of these preschools will also accept “typical peers,” or students without IEPs, depending on availability and the teacher. This works differently at every elementary school, so your best bet is to call the front office at the schools near you. You do not have to attend the elementary school you are zoned for pre-K. I called Bartlett and Kesterson this year and was told that they won’t make the decision on whether to have/how many typical peers until the school year starts. Estes Elementary will take your information throughout the year and put you on a list. Several schools run the typical peer program as a lottery.
HENDERSON ABC ETC
Location: Valley View Rec Center
500 Harris St Henderson, NV 89015
Tuition: $583 or $803 annually (can do a monthly payment plan)
Registration Fee: $10
Schedule: T/Th or M/W/F 9am to 11:15 or 12:15 to 2:30, full day also available
Details: I’ve heard it fills up fast. Mail-in registration must be postmarked on or after June 23. Download the form online or pick up a copy beginning May 29. The program begins September 18. Must be potty trained.
VARIOUS IN-HOME PRESCHOOL OPTIONS
Tuition: most are between $120-$200/month
Registration Fee: various
Details: I know of at least 4 people who offer in-home preschool. Obviously you probably wouldn’t send your kid to someone’s home you didn’t know or trust, so the best way to find out about these is by word of mouth. If you would like information on the ones I know of, you can contact me, as I won’t be posting people’s personal phone numbers or addresses here. All of the ladies I know of fill up their spots pretty fast because they’re so popular, so if you want to avoid a wait list, start thinking about your options by January of the year you want to start preschool in the fall.
MISS MARSHA’S MINI SCHOOL
Location: 596 Oldham Ave Henderson, NV 89014
Tuition: $165/mo (2 day) $215/mo (3 day)
Registration Fee: $50
Schedule: M/W or T/TH, morning or afternoon. Drop off between 8:30-9:00, pick up 11:30 to 12:00 or drop off 12:00-12:30 and pick up 3:00-3:30. 4 years olds can add Fridays.
Details: Aug to April. 15 students, 2 teachers. Must be potty trained.
GREEN VALLEY METHODIST
Location: 2200 Robindale Rd. Henderson, NV 89074
Tuition: $190/mo (3 year old) $265/mo (4 year old)
Registration Fee: $75
Schedule: T/Th 9:30-12:00 (3-year-olds) M/W/F 9:30-12:30 (4-year-olds)
Details: Class is based on age on September 30. I have visited the facility and it seems nice. The school is located on the lower floor of the Green Valley Methodist Church. Must be potty trained.
LITTLE RASCALS ENRICHMENT CENTER
Location: 3 Sunset Way Henderson, NV 89014
Registration Fee: $100
Schedule: T/W/TH 8-11 OR 12-3
Details: The preschool class is called the “literacy program.” They also offer things like piano, art, science, cake decorating and other fun classes.
CHRIST THE SERVANT PRESCHOOL
Location: 2 S Pecos Rd Henderson, NV 89074
Tuition: $190/mo (2 day) $260/mo (3 day) $325/mo (4 day)
Registration Fee: $125
Schedule: 4-year-olds: 9 – noon on M/W/F (add Th for 4 day preschool)
3-year-olds: 9-11:30 on T/Th
Details: A neighbor of mine recommends this preschool and enjoyed the parent involvement aspect.
Location: 101 West Chaparral Drive Henderson, NV 89015
Tuition: about $250/mo? Call for price
Registration Fee: ?
Schedule: M/W/F 9-12, M/W/F 12:30 – 3:30, T/Th 9-12
Details: MWF classes are also available in the summer
MISS DOLORES SCHOOLHOUSE
Location: Licensed in-home location
Tuition: $185/mo (3 years, two days) $275/mo (4 years, 3 days)
Schedule: T/Th 2.5 hours AM or PM (3 years old) M/W/F 3 hours AM or PM (4 years old)
FIRST STEP KINDERGARTEN PREP
Location: Hobbyhorse Ave., Henderson, NV 89012
Registration Fee: $170
Schedule: T/W/Th 9-12
Details: Must be 4 by November 1, must be potty trained.
NEW SONG CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Location: 1291 Cornet Street Henderson, NV 89052
Tuition: $300/mo (3 years old, 2 day) $430/mo (4 years old, 3 day) $480/mo (pre-k, 5 day)
Schedule: T/Th 8:30-12:30 (3 years old) M/W/F 8:30 -1:30 (4 years old) M-F 8:30-2:30 (pre-k)
APRENDE ACADEMY (PINECREST INSPIRADA)
Location: 2840 Via Contessa Henderson, NV 89044
Registration Fee: $400
Schedule: M-F 3 hours a day, AM or PM
Details: This is the preschool associated with Pinecrest Academy, a charter school in Henderson. There are also Aprende locations in Las Vegas at the Doral Academy charter schools. Must be 4 by September 30 (so this is a pre-k program). Uniforms required.
DJ’S PRESCHOOL (PINECREST HORIZON)
Location: 1360 N S Boulder Hwy Henderson, NV 89015
Registration Fee/Supplies: $175
Schedule: M-F 7:30-3
Details: DJ’s preschool has been in business in Henderson for a long time, but is just this year becoming the third-party preschool offering at Pinecrest.
AMERICAN HERITAGE ACADEMY
Location: 2100 Olympic Ave Henderson, NV 89014
Tuition: $6,500 per year
Registration Fee: $125 Supplies: $120
Schedule: T-F 8:15 to 3
Details: A Christian school. Before and after school care available. Students wear uniforms.
LAKE MEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Location: 540 E Lake Mead Pkwy Henderson, NV 89015
Tuition: $7,500/yr ($750/mo)
Application Fee: $35
Registration Fee: $175
Location: 1401 Amador Lane Henderson, NV 89012
Tuition: $7,900/yr (half day) 10,800/yr (full day)
Application Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $400 Supplies:$175
Schedule: Daily 8:30 to 11:15 or 12:15 to 3:00 (or full day)
Details: Montessori schools group children from 3-6 years old together in a class. At Foothill Montessori 3-4 year olds can go half day or full day, but the kindergarten-aged children stay all day. Montessori is a specific educational philosophy that encourages independence and logical thinking. Students spend time on practical life skills and exploring specialized materials that are designed to teach concepts.
HENDERSON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Location: 1165 Sandy Ridge Ave Henderson, NV 89052
Tuition: $11,000/yr (half day) $14,400/yr (full day)
Application Fee: $100
When I did this research for myself, I was looking for a preschool-only type location. There are many daycare-type locations for preschool aged children in the area. I didn’t gather the complete information on them because I was looking for more of a “school” environment for just a couple hours a day that didn’t include daycare.
I’ve include limited information and a link to many of the extended care businesses below. Because of the nature of daycare programs, specific pricing and schedules aren’t available online since it will differ from family to family based on childcare needs. Each site directs you to “request information” about pricing.
2150 Windmill Pkwy Henderson, NV 89074
LITTLE GENIUS TODDLER PROGRAM
1372 Haven Green Ct Henderson, NV 89012
LA PETITE ACADEMY
1551 Warm Springs Rd Henderson, NV 89014
CHILDREN’S LEARNING ADVENTURE
11183 S Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89052
CORONADO PREP PRESCHOOL
2650 Sunridge Heights Parkway Henderson, NV 89052
GREATER LAS VEGAS ACADEMY
6531 Annie Oakley Dr Henderson, NV 89014
GREEN VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
711 N Valle Verde Dr. Henderson NV, 89014
HENDERSON/ANGELS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
2750 Robindale Rd Henderson, NV 89074
GREEN VALLEY LUTHERAN
1799 Wigwam Pkwy Henderson, NV 89074
STAR ACADEMY PRESCHOOL
2560 N Green Valley Pkwy Henderson, NV 89014
870 Coronado Center Drive Henderson, NV 89014
THE PRESCHOOL AT SEVEN HILLS
3051 W Horizon Ridge Parkway Henderson, NV 89052
RISING STAR PRESCHOOL AND CHILDCARE
300 E Horizon Dr Henderson, NV 89015
320 E Longacres Dr Henderson, NV 89015
I know this place exists, but can’t find any information online! It is a preschool/daycare that has been run out of someone’s house, but I heard they’re moving to a new location … if you have any information please forward it to me!
THE GODDARD SCHOOL
2680 Pecos Ridge Parkway Henderson, NV 89052
400 Trenier Dr Henderson, NV 89002
CREATIVE KIDS LEARNING CENTER
501 Harris St Henderson, NV 89015