Are you looking for a play-based preschool? A preschool with more structure? A Mom’s Day Out program? A part-time pre-k? Full-time preschool? You may be asking yourself a million questions as you begin your search, but the good news is that the preschool choices in Terre Haute are plentiful.
This school year, Haute Happenings will be working with United Way of the Wabash Valley and Chances And Services for Youth to promote high-quality preschool programs including Vigo County On My Way Pre-k.
On My Way
Pre-K is state funding for children who will be 4 (and not 5) by August 1 2019. To find out more and see if you qualify for free pre-k, check out this link: http://bit.ly/2LIHOrU
The United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Success by 6 coalition is investing early childhood education because high-quality early childhood education benefits children, families, the workforce, and our entire community! These groups have advocated for this programming to come to our area because they know that high-quality childcare and early education benefit our children, our workforce, and our economic development. If you would like to see these efforts continue, please put their services to good use and help spread the word!
Preschools in Terre Haute
If you’re looking for the best preschools in Terre Haute, check out this list we put together and our reader reviews. To help compile this list, we asked readers on the Haute Happenings facebook page to weigh in with their recommendations.
Please keep in mind that opinions vary. Please use this list as a starting point that propels you to contact that the schools to further your personal research! Haute Happenings does not offer a personal opinion or endorsement for any preschool option.
One resource to utilize during your preschool search is the “Child Care Finder” on the Indiana government website. Search for schools that rank well on the “Paths to Quality” scale and then check their licensing, violation, and compliance history. (Keep in mind that schools that qualify for the “On My Way Pre-K” program are all highly-rated.)
- VIP Kinder College. VIP Kinder College exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for preschool and school age children. Our focus is to provide a stimulating and educational experience which promotes each child’s social, spiritual, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desire to be life-long learners.
What families are saying: “VIP Kinder College has been a lifesaver for our family. All three of our kids in one location. In the Preschool classroom, our 4 year old son has a daily curriculum which has helped him quickly learn all of his letters and numbers. The teachers are now working with him on sight words and reading on his own. Our 2 year old and 1 year old also have a daily lesson plan in their toddler and infant classrooms. Every day we leave our kids with staff who care and treat them as their own. The mobile app gives us a chance to keep up to date with our children’s daily activities, mood, health and food intake. High quality of care and education give us peace of mind.”
What families are saying about Munchkinland: “Munchkinland has been such a gift to our family. They have developmentally-appropriate expectations and goals for the children. The staff works well together as a team. In the daycare, they use an app to send pictures, updates on diaper changes and accidents, and naps!”
What families are saying about Temple preschooler: “Temple Preschool has been a great fit for our family. The staff are knowledgeable and loving, and the curriculum covers a variety of topics from dinosaurs to dentists. The variety of teaching styles is very helpful in finding a perfect fit for all little learners!” and “ Temple Preschool provides a nurturing learning environment. I always feel comfortable leaving my children there as I know they will be very well cared for. I feel like the teachers go above and beyond to provide the best education possible and I think most people find that their children are more than prepared for kindergarten. I really appreciate that they take the time to meet with parents about their child’s educational, developmental, and social emotional needs by scheduling conferences once a year and I know I can reach out to teachers or the director anytime I have a question or concern.”
- First Friends Preschool at First Baptist Church. Our program’s major emphasis is to provide a safe and nurturing environment which promotes the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development of each child. Our curriculum focuses on language, socialization, activity and movement, and we include music, art, small and large muscle activities, stories, and many opportunities to talk and listen. We gladly welcome all children, accepting each as a special individual uniquely created by God. All of our teachers have degrees or equivalent experience in early childhood or elementary education.
What readers are saying about First Friends: “Highly recommend First Friends! Miss Gina is an amazing director and the teachers and staff are fabulous!” and “Highly Recommend as well. My daughter went there for 2 years. She is currently in Kindergarten and is reading at first grade level and ahead in other areas as well!! Awesome preschool with staff who genuinely care for your kids!”
- Mt. Pleasant Preschool. 3050 E. Davis Drive. They offer preschool classes for children ages 2-5 by August 1st. We also offer extended care for families with children in enrolled in preschool classes. This is for our families that work, attend school, or for other reasons need care before/after in order for their child to attend preschool classes. Families can call 812-232-4808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on their Facebook page.
What readers are saying about Mt. Pleasant: “It is WONDERFUL! Children have to be 2, 3, or 4 by August 1st.”
What readers are saying about St. Pat’s: “I highly recommend St. Patrick’s Preschool. You do not have to be catholic or part of the church to go. My first son went there before he started Kindergarten and it more then prepared him for the school environment. My second son starts in the fall. They have art, gym, and music during the week!”
- Tender Moments Play House and Preschool offers both full time and part time preschool positions. Visit their learning environment to see how they prepare your child for Kindergarten readiness with one on one engagements, small group interactions, and individualized goals for implementing the curriculum. Their curriculum is designed to assist each child reach potential, ready to learn for school successes.
What parents are saying about Tender Moments: “Three of my kids have attended Tender Moments Playhouse and Preschool. The teachers are incredibly loving; my children look forward to going each day and giving their teachers good-morning hugs. The staff creates dynamic and fun learning opportunities, with a lot of hands-on sensory play, as well as free time for children to play on their own. Children are encouraged to learn through their environment.”
What readers are saying about The Learning Tree: “Hands down The Learning Tree! 6:30-5:30. Field trips, Spanish, gymnastics. They are great! Ages 2-6!” and “LOVE LOVE LOVE The Learning Tree Montessori School. My son has been there for three years, and is currently in kindergarten. They are like family. Small classes, loving teachers and aides, monthly field trips (Dobbs Park this month), and individualized attention – not the same old worksheets and crafts I’ve encountered elsewhere. I wish they went through the 12th grade!”
- Little Hands Daycare and Preschool. 500 Barton Ave
Terre Haute, IN 47803
What readers are saying about Little Hands: “I was almost sad when Drew graduated. It was like leaving family. Amanda not only treats her families with respect and kindness but her employees. It makes for a positive place for all. My son went into Kindergarten with strong academic and social skills. Many of her employees (at the time I was there) were working on degrees in education or early childhood. They are professional and dedicated.”
What readers are saying about Memorial: “I can’t say enough wonderful things about them. My son is 9 and still wants to go back to visit. Terrific teachers, lots of field trips and they teach the kids a lot. They taught things my son is being taught this year in third grade. One of the best choices I made for my son. Worth every penny!”
- Vigo County Head Start. Vigo County Head Start is a national preschool program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
What readers are saying about Head Start: “Head start is always a good option! It’s based on income. They have a “day care” class option for working parents (price varies by county), as well as 1/2 day classes (4 days a week, about 3 1/2 hours).”
- Small World Learning Center. Our full-day Preschool program accepts children 2 through 5 years of age. There is also a part-time program that provides selected early education programs to apply for matching funds to serve 4-year-old children from families whose income is at or below federal poverty guidelines.
What readers are saying about Small World Learning Center: “The owner has 35+ yrs of experience. The accept children ages two and up. They do some field trips. Hours of operation are 630am-530pm Mon-Fri. They have a wonderful preschool program my son has learned a lot. They also have a summer camp.”
- Indiana State University Early Education Center. In keeping with the University’s College of Education mission, this program provides professional care to children from infancy through age five in diverse, educational experiences. They are ACCREDITED by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the Department of Family and Children Services of the State of Indiana. The program is affiliated with the ISU Bayh College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning providing quality care for children ranging from 6 weeks – 5 years of age.
What families are saying about ISU: “My son is in the infant toddler program and we love it there! His teachers are wonderful and so caring. There is a really great teacher to child ratio and they really take the time to work with your child to help them during the adjustment to daycare.”
- Pre-K programs within the Vigo County School Corporation. Pre-K programs are offered at the following Title I elementary schools: Meadows, West Vigo, Davis Park, Deming, Franklin, Ouabache, Fuque, Farrington Grove, Devaney, and Terre Town, Consolidated, Sugar Grove and Hoosier Prairie.
- The Vigo County School Corporation pre-K programs accept only 4 year-olds (must be 4 years of age on or before August 1–birth certificate required for enrollment). They can enroll mid-year. These half-day programs (8-10:50 or 12-2:30) are offered without charge to families living within the associated district on a space-available basis.You must live in one of the listed elementary school districts. To see if you qualify, visit tinyurl.com/vigomaps. The cost for the 2020-21 school year is $45. If you qualify for CCDF (https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/3900.htm), it is free. The program runs on the school calendar, and there are AM and PM options. Morning Pre-K is held from 8:15-10:50, and afternoon Pre-K is held from 12:10-2:45. Transportation is not provided. Admission is on a rolling basis, and we hope to hold an in-person visitation before the school year starts.INSTRUCTIONS: If you currently have a child in the Vigo County School Corporation, visit skyward.vigoschools.org and click “New Student Online Enrollment” in the top left corner. If this is your first child in the Vigo County School Corporation, visit https://tinyurl.com/VCSCnewfamily to enroll in Skyward, our data management system. Please follow the prompts on that page.
What parents are saying about Vigo County Title 1 Pre-K: “We’ve been very happy with the program at Ouabache this year! They are all at Title I elementary schools. If you live in a Title I district but your school doesn’t have pre-K, you can send your kids to any other participating school as long as there are open spaces.”
Additionally, Lost Creek and Riley currently offer early learning opportunities beyond the Title 1 program. Enrollment first shall be open to any age eligible child of a Vigo County School Corporation employee, provided the Early Learning Center can meet the needs of the child and an opening is available. Any remaining openings will be made available to any child of the community. A waiting list will be maintained.
What readers are saying about homeschool preschool: “I couldn’t afford to put my kids in preschool. We did Chalk Preschool online at home for free and ABC Mouse.”
Is your favorite Terre Haute preschool on this list? If not, let us know! Your review could help another local parent find the perfect school for his or her family!
Preschool directors: If you would like your program highlighted for our audience of parents in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley as either a basic or featured entry, please email us at Haute Happenings (@) outlook (.) com with the subject line “Preschool Guide on Haute Happenings.”
We are unable to find current contact information for the following schools in 2019. At this time, we must assume these programs have closed. Please let us know as soon as possible if this is incorrect!
- Little Hands Childcare and Preschool, Inc 500. Barton Ave 812-238-3855
- Heaven’s Express at Cross Tabernacle.
- Little Steps is a ministry of the Next Step Foundation that provides childcare, educational learning, tutoring and tools for personal growth and healing in a faith-based environment. Ask about the sliding scale options that reduce fees.