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Cincinnati & NKY Guide to Preschools

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Choosing the right school for your family can be a daunting task, but if there is one thing we learned while putting together this guide… it’s that we are incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderful options to choose from in Cincinnati and NKY!

Do you have a favorite school that is not on our list? Please tell us about them! Email us at [email protected] and we would love to add them to our reader recommended section of the guide!

Don’t forget to check out our Open House resource HERE!

The Summit Country Day School

Serving children 18 months - 6 years

The Summit Preschool is the only independent school in our area offering a full Montessori preschool experience and one of only a few who are applying the Montessori philosophy in an educational program that starts at 18 months!  Whether you are interested in half-day or full-day, there are multiple options, including academic enrichment programs. 

Click HERE for details on the various programs, days and times offered. You will LOVE the flexibility available to you at Summit!

The Summit Montessori Program

The toddler curriculum addresses the three primary developmental needs for a child under age 3 – movement, language, and order – and provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill the toddler’s innate compulsion to learn. Learning is self-directed and supported in each classroom by university-trained Montessori curriculum experts.

Absolutely an amazing environment to expand a child’s horizon. Every staff member has been friendly, professional and concentrated on the best interest of the children at Summit – Lisa

The gym equipment is specifically designed to stimulate fine and gross motor skills and many opportunities for outdoor learning and play on walk-out classroom patios, an outdoor playground, a rooftop playground Naturescape, a dedicated Outdoor Learning Space and the Leibold Pond.

As children advance through the toddler program they move seamlessly into the Pre-K and Kindergarten Montessori program, which continues development of confidence and enabling them to face new challenges as they grow.

Click HERE to view a video about the 18-36 Month Montessori Toddler Program Click HERE to view a video about the 18-36 Month Montessori Toddler Program Click HERE to view a video about the Montessori 3-6 Program Click HERE to view a video about the Montessori 3-6 Program

18 - 24 Month Program

During this period, students begin to develop the foundation of the four main aims of a Montessori classroom – control, independence, concentration and order. These are the building blocks on which all other learning will take place through life.

24 - 36 Month Program

The Summit’s distinctive Toddler Program addresses the three primary developmental needs for a child under age 3 and provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill the toddler’s innate inner compulsion to learn, including movement, language, and order.

2161 Grandin Road
Cincinnati, OH  45208

The Primrose School of Symmes

The Primrose School of Symmes provides the best in early childhood learning for infants through private full-day kindergarten as well as afterschool programming through age 12. The balanced Learning program is their proprietary exclusive, time-tested approach to education. Created from the best early education wisdom, it balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence, and compassion.

Primrose is an EXCELLENT, structured, yet fun place for kids and staff! – Tina

Tuition includes all curriculum, two healthy, snacks, and lunch prepared fresh daily (by their chef!), The Music Class music downloads, and low student to teacher ratios. The Primrose curriculum supports their belief that; who children become is as important as what they know. The CMB team loves this about them!

2018 Open House Dates:

  • March 14

9175 Governors Way
Cincinnati OH 45249

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Step into CHCA and you will discover an extraordinary, Christ-centered education unlike any within the city, where students have countless opportunities to CHOOSE MORE – where they find their place, pursue their gifts, strengthen their faith, and make an impact on our world.

 CHCA is an investment not only in my child’s education, but in her whole person; character, community, and spiritual development that lasts a lifetime. – Amy, Parent

CHCA is more than your child’s school, it’s a vibrant, nurturing learning community where students have the opportunity to do more and be more! (CMB Fun Fact: We have a few CHCA alumni on our team!)

2018 Open House Dates:

  • February 24

11525 Snider Road
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Children's Meeting House

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School has been guiding children in their education socially, emotionally and academically for over 45 years. The CMH community has a strong family atmosphere, allowing teachers and parents to partner during their children’s most developmental years.

We have loved our going on 8 years at CMH. Over our time with the school, I have watched my children grow educationally, physically and emotionally under the very careful eye of the loving staff of CMH. The staff knows my kids and they create a nurturing, fun and safe learning environment that my kids have thrived in. We will miss CMH the day we “have to” leave, but know they have well prepared our children for what is to come. – Megan, Parent

CMH offers students a nature experience like no other, with a full-time Naturalist on staff to bring the great outdoors to life on the 7+ acre campus. CMH offers curriculum from preschool-6th grade (3-12-year-olds). See where learning happens naturally.

2018 Open House Dates:

  • January 28

Join a casual, Q & A tour held every Wednesday at 9am during the school year: Coffee with Casey [email protected]

927 O’Bannonville Road
Loveland, OH 45140

The New School Montessori

For 46 years, The New School Montessori has been leading the way as a model for Montessori methodology and philosophy and is Cincinnati’s only Montessori school accredited by the American Montessori Society. TNSM embraces diversity – valuing differences in race, culture, family, and thought.

As a grandfather of a first-grade student who has attended TNSM since she was 3 1/2, I am completely impressed with the philosophy, faculty, and staff. The students we have met are equally impressive. – Paul

Their kitchen staff, (led by the former chef of a downtown café), prepares made-from-scratch, hot, nutritious lunches every day with many vegetarian options. This is one school that has truly given thought to every little detail to make your child’s school day as nurturing as possible. 

3-year-olds through 6th grade

2018 Open House Dates:

  • January 21

3 Burton Woods Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Northstar Classical School

Looking for a school that puts first things first? How about shorter school weeks and more opportunities to be involved in your child’s education? 
Now enrolling Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade, Northstar delivers classical Christian education with small class sizes and a model that enables children to love to learn. Classical education is a time-tested method that focuses on skills, work habits and attitudes that lay the foundation for long-term success inside and outside the classroom.

Northstar Classical has been such a blessing to our family. The amount of confidence and knowledge our daughter gained through junior kindergarten was remarkable. The staff continues to go above and beyond to nurture students as a whole person, not just a number. – Kristin

If you’re wondering if Northstar could be a good fit for your family, you can find some good questions here

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2018 Open House Dates:
  • February 4th

103 McKnight Drive
Middletown, OH 45044
[email protected]

Montessori Center Room

Founded in 1966, Montessori Center Room prides themselves on an approach which respects the whole child and puts the child’s best interest at the heart of everything they do. MCR is equipped fully with the Montessori materials of daily living, sensorial, math, language, art science and geography, as well as many supplemental activities, including large-muscle activity in an indoor gym, field trips, and School House Symphony.

MCR is a hidden treasure! It has been the best experience for our family! Our children are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the MCR community! – Maure

As their first school experience, MCR makes it their goal to help children leave with a love of learning, a respect for others, and respect for the environment and the classroom. All teachers hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree and are fully trained and certified in the Montessori philosophy and curriculum.  MCR strives to enroll children from all socio-economic backgrounds and provides tuition assistance for families with a demonstrated financial need.

Children who are 3 years old and fully toilet-trained may be enrolled.

Families may call to schedule a private tour and observation from the Parent Observation Booths.

Check out more great information about Montessori and MCR HERE.

2505 Riverside Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Gardner School

The Gardner School is an academically-focused preschool with state-of-the-art facilities for six weeks old to six years old.

[The Gardner School] infant teachers were amazing, beautiful, loving people. The management at TGS is top notch, the teachers are top notch, and the facility is beautiful and clean. – Sarah R.

Four-year degreed lead teachers create a rich, learning environment to stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Enrolling Year Round

9920 Carver Road
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Mercy Montessori

Mercy Montessori is Cincinnati’s first Catholic Montessori elementary school and provides students from preschool through 8th grade with a personalized education.

It’s a place where I feel safe and can be myself, where friends become family. It’s not really a school, it’s a home. – Riley (Current Student)

Mercy offers a sliding scale tuition model, in-school swimming instruction, a farm-to-table micro-economy program and attracts students from over 60 zip codes. Mercy educates the whole child and develops a strong foundation for learning.

2018 School Tour Dates:

  • January 8
  • January 18
  • February 1

Mercy Montessori Center
2335 Grandview Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Admissions Director
Amanda Grimm [email protected] 

Children, Inc.

Children, Inc. offers affordable, high-quality early care and education in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The majority of their programs are Five Star rated by Step Up for Quality and Kentucky All-Stars.  They are dedicated to innovative programs that prepare children to succeed in school and life.

“My son’s teachers are amazing! They are constantly doing innovative and creative projects and the teachers are always informing me of his progress.” – Parent

Classroom environments reflect best practices and curricula that help children gain the skills necessary for kindergarten while providing a comfortable, home-like environment for children.

Serving ages 6 weeks-5 years old with both Montessori and traditional options. Tuition assistance is available.

Variety of locations in Kentucky and Ohio.



Calvary Christian School


Cardinal Pacelli

Mt. Lookout

Central Montessori Academy


A Child's Garden


The Children's House

See website for location nearest you.

Cincinnati Christian School


Cincinnati Country Day

Indian Hill

Cincinnati Waldorf School


Covington Latin School


Creating Unique Minds in Children


Creative Preschool

Green Township

Creative Tots


Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori


Guardian Angels School


Head Start Cincinnati

See Website to Find a Center

King of Kings


Immaculate Heart of Mary Preschool


Lakeview Preschool


Liberty Bible Academy


Little Miami Schools


Madeira Elementary School


Montessori Academy of Cincinnati


Pilgrim Preschool


Royalmont Academy


Seven Hills Doherty School

East Walnut Hills

St Clement

St. Bernard

St Dominic


St Francis Desales

East Walnut Hills

St Gabriel Consolidated School


St Gertrude School


St. James School

White Oak

St. Thomas More


St Ursula Villa

Mt Lookout

St. Veronica

Mt Carmel

Tender Years Cooperative Preschool


Villa Madonna Montessori

Villa Hills

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One Response to Cincinnati & NKY Guide to Preschools

  1. Jamie morton December 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    I can’t wait to send my twins to
    My oldest went there and I fully believe he is doing so well in kindergarten because of the start he got there. The teachers are amazing and it almost becomes like a family! I can not recommend them enough!

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