2018 Guide to Knoxville MDO, Preschools, Kindergartens and Daycares

Guide to Knoxville Preschools, MDO, Private Schools

Welcome to Knoxville Moms Blog’s 2018 Guide to Knoxville MDO, Preschools, Kindergartens and Daycares

Here is a list of MDO, preschools, kindergartens, and daycares throughout Knoxville. You can also check out this poll by other local Knoxville moms. We also took another poll about elementary schools and the different school districts throughout the area. We also did a poll specifically for South Knoxville.

Check out our guide to After School Programs! If you are new to Knoxville from a different city or moving across town be sure to check out our Guide to Moving to Knoxville.

Knoxville MDO, Preschools, Kindergartens and Daycares

Angela Floyd Schools

Angela Floyd Schools

Ages: 3-5 years

Online Pre-registration for the 2018-2019 Season will OPEN February 1, 2018 – SPACE IS LIMITED!

The Angela Floyd Schools Performing Arts Program is a fall through spring program designed as an introduction to a structured classroom setting that not only immerses your child in the performing and fine arts, but also prepares them for Kindergarten and beyond by giving them a lifelong love of learning. Children turning 3 years of age by September 15th who have completed potty training are eligible for the Performing Arts Program. Our fine arts based curriculum features group learning, hands-on cognitive activities, Music FunTime, acro, art, drama, dance, creative movement, academics, and play.

*We are so excited to have Rhiannon in this program–she didn’t want to leave today! – Kristi Sanchez


AFS – West

Monday, Wednesday and Friday  8:45am-11:45am

NUMBER OF CLASSES: 3 days per week


AFS – North New!

Tuesday and Thursday 8:45am-11:45am

NUMBER OF CLASSES : 2 days per week


There is an annual $125 supply & registration fee.


AFS – West: 10845 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934

AFS – North: 6732 Jubilee Center Way KnoxvilleTN 37912



Berean Christian School

Ages: Pre-K through 12

The ministry of Berean Christian School (BCS) exists to help Christian parents raise their children to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to help children realize their full potential, and to glorify God spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. BCS’s academics are aimed at maximizing the potential of each and every child, as well as the blossoming fine arts program, The Studio. From the time our students join the BCS community, they experience a nurturing atmosphere of learning and discovery in academics, athletics, fine arts, and service.

Parents are welcome at any time to visit our campus. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Families wishing to explore Christian education at BCS are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a tour of our campus. Please call (865) 521-6054, extension 100.

New for the 2017-2018 school year, BCS is also offering K3 and K4 classes, formerly known as Garden of Eden Preschool. Two classrooms will be focused on teaching the basics for 2-3 year olds — alphabet, numbers, colors, Bible stories, etc. The other classroom focuses on preparing 4-5 year olds for entry into kindergarten.


2329 Prosser Rd Knoxville, Tennessee, TN 37914


Black Oak Height Baptist Church

Black Oak Height Baptist Church

Ages: 6 months-Pre-K

Black Oak Heights Baptist Church Mother’s Day Out offers an enriching, loving, Christian environment for children ages 6 months thru Pre-Kindergarten.  Our desire at MDO is that children will grow just like Jesus did…”in wisdom, stature and in favor of God”!  We incorporate Bible stories, art, music, social skills, self-help skills, and academic skills needed to prepare children for their future.

We offer an MDO Summer Session in June and July (Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 8:30 – 1:30).  Starting in August, we operate from 9:00 – 2:00MondayTuesday, Wednesday andThursday.  You may choose to enroll any 1 or 2 days per week, based on availability.  Contact us at [email protected] or visit our website for more information. 

405 Black Oak Drive Knoxville TN 37912


Church Street UMC Preschool

Church Street UMC Preschool

Ages: 2-5

Church Street UMC Preschool is a faith based 3 STAR program. We offer full time preschool for ages 2-5 and are open all year M-F 7:30-5:30. We have 2 Pre-K classes and  our full time teaching staff have degrees.  We serve breakfast, a hot lunch and accept Child Care Certificates. To see what we are doing Like us on Facebook.

900 Henley at Main Knoxville, TN 37902

Christ United Methodist Church PDO

Ages: 12 months-PreK

Wednesdays 9-2p.m.

Our Mission is to love and accept all children and share the love and grace of Jesus Christ with them and their families, thereby laying a foundation where they may grow to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Highlights from a typical day will include:circle time, crafts and science, Active reading and storytelling, Christ focused Deep Blue PreK curriculum, guided play using numbers letters and colors, free play outside or in the gym. Rest or Quiet time.


Christian Based Curriculum
Phone: 865-368-6115
Contact: Sarah Beth Day, Children’s Director, for Details.

7535 Maynardville Highway, Knoxville, TN 37938


Clayton-Bradley Academy

Ages: Pre-K-12

Clayton-Bradley Academy is an independent Preschool-12 STEM school in Blount County, convenient to Knoxville and the surrounding areas. The small, year-round school offers students a nurturing place to excel through being-there experiences, creative project-based learning and real-world applications within the context of a rigorous curriculum. Clayton-Bradley Academy provides an individualized educational approach leveraging the unique interests and learning styles of each student and integrates character education with academics to address the needs of the whole child. Our Preschool and Kindergarten programs utilize brain-based research with an emphasis on exploration, discovery, and play while building a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math.

425 Alcoa Trail, Maryville, TN 37804

Grace Christian Academy

Grace Christian Academy

Ages:  Kindergarten through Grade 12

Grace Christian Academy is a vibrant school community serving students in kindergarten through grade 12.  At GCA, you’ll find a group of faculty, staff, and parents, committed to the same purpose: to see students growing into the individual that God created them to be. GCA offers a rigorous college preparatory program with all subjects taught from a biblical worldview.  With a wide variety of electives and advanced level courses, students will be exceptionally prepared for college and beyond.  Our outstanding Fine Arts and Athletic Departments ensure that each student can find an area of passion in which to be involved.

Call us today to schedule a visit to our campus and experience the GCA difference for yourself!


5914 Beaver Ridge Road Knoxville, TN 37931


Ijams Nature Center

Ages: 3-5

Imagine a preschool program where children can take a field trip every day! That program is at Ijams Nature Center. Ijams is now enrolling for a new Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center (NPINC). NPINC focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of the day will be spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Children will learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. NPINC will help to develop the whole child. Not only will children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, but they will also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life. NPINC is a 10-month program from August-May. Students may choose between Monday/Wednesday sessions or Tuesday/Thursday sessions. Learn more here: http://ijams.org/nature-preschool/

2915 Island Home Avenue – Knoxville, TN 37920


Knoxville Montessori School

Knoxville Montessori School

Ages: 3-11 (Preschool-5th grade)

The Knoxville Montessori School is a nonprofit private school that provides high-quality Montessori education for children from 3 years old through 5th grade. Founded in 1966, KMS is widely recognized for its nurturing environment, high academic standards, experienced teaching staff, and diverse student body.

Following the Montessori method, KMS students work at their own pace, individually and in small groups, using a variety of hands-on materials that build critical physical and intellectual skills and help them move naturally into more advanced academic work

This process encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning, and it nurtures independence, curiosity, creativity, and teamwork skills – all of which are critical for future success in our rapidly changing 21st-century world.

For more information and to find out if Montessori education would be a good fit for your child, contact Operations Director Charlie Biggs at 865-525-6042.

4311 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919


Little Oaks Academy

Little Oaks Academy
Ages: 6 weeks-5 years
Little Oaks Academy is a nonprofit, parent-governed preschool and daycare. LOA was established in 2014 to assume the operations of the Tennova Child Development Center, which has been in existence since 1967. Our mission is to educate and nurture children in a safe, healthy, and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to learn and grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Little Oaks Academy serves a diverse community with quality instruction based on developmentally appropriate practices. (Find them on Facebook)

701 East Oak Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Morning Star Child Development Center

Morning Star Child

Ages: Infants to Kindergarten

Our curriculum is based on hands-on experience and active participation. Throughout the program, we try to match learning materials to individual needs. Academic skills, such as letters, rhymes, and numbers are balanced with creative experience in art, language, and music. At this age, children are taught Spanish by use of audio-visual tapes and simple words, songs, and stories. They also begin basic key board familiarity and fun games on our computers. Science and social studies are introduced through the use of such activities as sand and water play and visiting community professionals .

Most of all, Morning Star makes learning fun. As in all our classes, our staff is thoroughly trained in early childhood development as well as C.P.R. and First Aid. Parents are always encouraged to join in and participate in our daily activities.

10614 Flickenger Lane Knoxville, Tennessee 37922

Primrose School of Farragut and West Knoxville


Ages: 5 weeks to 5 years including private Kindergarten 

At the Primrose School of Farragut we believe that with the right foundation, anything is possible.  It is with this belief that we strive to build active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts for all children ages 5 weeks to 5 years including private kindergarten.  Our balanced approach to learning fosters an appreciation for not only academics but character development as well.  This summer is exciting as we offer Summer Camp in place of our after school “Explorers” program.  Each week highlights a new thematic unit of learning with fun filled programs and field trips for current kindergarteners through third grade.


120 Coach Road Knoxville, TN 37934

267 S. Peters Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923

Ridgedale Mother’s Day Out


Ages: 18 months to Pre-K

Ridgedale Mother’s Day Out offers a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn and socialize two days a week in a safe and enriching preschool atmosphere.  Our teachers are caring individuals who love the Lord and believe that working with children is truly their calling.  At our program, your child will be given the freedom to grow in an environment balanced with enough guidance and structure to feel secure.  We are open year round and offer enrollment at any time for children age 18 months to Pre-K on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays.  Contact us today to schedule a tour!

5632 Nickle Rd, Knoxville, TN 37921

Sacred Heart Cathedral School

Ages: 6 weeks – 8th grade

Sacred Heart Cathedral School has been inspiring children for over 60 years! Our mission is to educate the whole child in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment with the ultimate goal of developing students to their fullest potential and to a life of service.

Sacred Heart offers a rigorous and diverse academic curriculum, complimented by an exceptional co-curriculum of fine arts, technology, athletics and campus ministry to 650 preschool, elementary and middle school students. Our school and church community is experiencing a unique opportunity with the construction of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral for the Diocese of Knoxville.

Please contact us today to schedule your personal tour!

711 Northshore Drive SW Knoxville, Tennessee, TN 37919

Sonlight Academy

Ages: 1-5

Christ Covenant Church, PCA, in Farragut is excited to introduce Sonlight Academy, a weekday program for preschool age children. Our goal is to shine the light of Jesus into the hearts of children while striving to meet academic and social needs. We will begin in August and are currently accepting registrations. We will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm. Our staff consists of qualified Christian people and our teachers are experienced in early childhood education. We have excellent teacher to child ratios. Our curriculum is Bible based and includes Kindergarten readiness. We have a new playground for young children. Two Bible studies will be available for moms after drop-off on Thursdays. If you are interested in finding a place where your child will be loved, taught about Jesus, and prepared for school, consider Sonlight Academy! We would be happy to meet you and give you a tour of our facility. Contact Director Jana Thomas at [email protected] or by phone at the number below.

Phone: 865-278-7687

Christ Covenant Church, 12915 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934

Tate's School

Tate's School

Ages: 3 to 8th grade

For the past 47 years, Tate’s School has been providing an exceptional educational experience for children from preschool – 8th Grade. Our commitment to strong, advanced academics, small class size, personalized instruction and character development has made Tate’s the right choice for thousands of families. Our tranquil 52 acre campus provides a nurturing,  unique educational refuge filled warm, non-institutional buildings. Students experience the outdoor environment every day and spend time learning with talented, enthusiastic teachers. Located in West Knoxville just off Cedar Bluff Rd, Tate’s School was Voted Best Kindergarten/Preschool and Private Elementary School by Cityview Magazine 2014

9215 Bob Gray Road, Knoxville, TN 37923

Trinity Learning Center

Ages: 12 months – 5 years

Trinity Learning Center is a loving, Christian environment. We offer a play-based curriculum where we work to develop the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Self-help skills and independence, engaging with peers, and preparing for kindergarten are all important parts of growing up and what we focus on as a preschool.  We work hard to use children’s natural curiosity to teach them to love learning and to prepare them for their future education and life in every way. Our teachers are educated in childhood development and education and have years of experience with young children. Your children are their passion.

Preschool hours are from 9:00-2:00. We also offer extended care options for mornings from 8:00-9:00 or afternoons, 2:00-3:15.


12733 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37934

The Episcopal School of Knoxville

Ages: 3-8th grade

The Episcopal School of Knoxville is a co-educational, independent day school offering Junior Kindergarten through Eighth grade. ESK’s Junior Kindergarten program is an academic program designed for 3 and 4 year olds. The Jr. K 4 program is 5 days per week and the Jr. K 3 program offers a 3 (T, W, Th) or 5 day option.  The Junior Kindergarten day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided, and extended care (1:30-3:00 p.m.  and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) is available for an additional fee. Class size is limited to 16 students. We have committed to creating and maintaining a place for our youngest children that acknowledges, reflects and communicates our beliefs. The values of our Junior Kindergarten program are based on an image of the child as curious, competent and capable of co-constructing knowledge.

950 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37932

Webb School of Knoxville

Ages: Pre-K-12

At the heart of the Webb School experience is the relationship between inspiring teachers and talented, motivated, and engaged students. In their classrooms, on the sports fields, in assemblies, and through service, Webb students pursue a rigorous and challenging educational experience that prepares them well for success in the most competitive colleges and universities.

9800 Webb School Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923

The Goddard School® – Knoxville

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years old

Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School located in Knoxville uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.


10720 Virginia Pine Way KnoxvilleTN 37932

The Goddard School® – Farragut

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years old

Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School located in Farragut uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.


125 Loudoun Road FarragutTN 37934

AJCC Preschool

Ball Camp Baptist Church Parents’ Day Out

Beaver Ridge Methodist UMC

Broadway United Methodist Church

Farragut Christian Church

Farragut Presbyterian Church-CEP

First Presbyterian Church

Cedar Springs Weekday School

Central Baptist Preschool Weekday

Concord UMC Weekday Preschool

Farragut Christian Church

Farragut Presbyterian Church-CEP

Farragut Church of Christ Preschool 

First Baptist Concord WEE Preschool

Fountain City UMC Preschool

Giving Tree Montessori School

Grace Baptist Weekday Preschool and Mother’s Day Out

Grace Christian Academy

High Hopes Learning Center

KinderCare Learning Centers

La Petite Academy

Littlebug’s Learning Leaf

Mead Montessori School 

Meridian Mother’s Day Out

Middlebrook Pike UMC – Children’s Enrichment Program

Middlebrook Playschool

Nana’s Playschool Inc.

Nanny’s Edu-care center

Norwood UMC MDO/Preschool

Riverside Day Care Center

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preschool

Second Presbyterian Church Preschool

Sequoyah Hills Early Enrichment Program

Sevier Heights Baptist Church

St. John Neumann Catholic School

St. Mark’s Early Enrichment Program

St. Mary’s School Oak Ridge

TLC Foundation Station

Tree House Learning Center- Halls

Trinity Child Development Center

Trinity Learning Center

Wallace Memorial Childcare

West Emory Child Enrichment Center

West Hills Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten

West Park Baptist Children’s Focus

West Towne Christian

UT Early Learning Center


Christian Academy of Knoxville

Cedar Springs Weekday School

Concord Christian School

Giving Tree Montessori School 

Grace Christian Academy

Knoxville Montessori School

Mead Montessori

Nana’s Playschool Inc.

Paideia Academy

Primrose School of Farragut

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Second Presbyterian Elementary

St. John Neumann Catholic School

St. Mary’s School

Tate’s School of Discovery

The Episcopal School of Knoxville

Lower School at the Webb School of Knoxville

West Hills Baptist Preschool & Kindergarten

UT Early Learning Center

GREAT LISTS OF SCHOOLS with contact info, times, etc.

The Yellow Pages


National Child Care Connection


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