To Pick the Right Preschool or Kindergarden, Go Local

Choosing the right preschool or kindergarden program for your young child can be difficult. Having to pick between the different teaching philosophies, cost, and locations, the process can be daunting to many parents. So make it easy: go local! There are many great local options for your boy or girl. Check out these Local First Arizona members for more information, many already  have information on the upcoming 2013-2014 school year! Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool (480) 830-1724 | 3257 East University, Mesa, AZ, Our goal at Pilgrim is to provide the foundations that will prepare your child for a lifetime of Christ-Centered learning. Full day and half day programs, with before and after care also available. Pilgrim Lutheran School is also offering half off tuition for all kindergarten students for the 2013-2014 school year!

Tucson Waldorf School (520) 325-5514 | 3349 E. Presidio Rd. Tucson, AZ Tucson Waldorf School’s kindergartens provide a rhythmical schedule and sensory rich environment for children ages four to six where they can explore and engage in their expanding world. Their mixed-aged kindergarden program accepts children ages 4-6. Before and after care available. Click here for more information.

Anderson Preparatory Academy North Phoenix Campus: (602) 938-3114 | 14235 N 7th St., Phoenix, AZ AJ Campus & Training Center (Opening Soon): 11426 E Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ Anderson Preparatory Academy is a Private Preschool for children ages 6-weeks to 5-years old; we also offer The APA After~School Academy and Anderson Achievers Summer Adventures for school-age children up to 10-years old. Soon to come, Grand Opening of our Apache Junction Campus. Learn more here.

The Family School (602) 252-5866 | 1127 West McDowell, Phoenix, AZ Our preschool and kindergarten programs are based on the latest research on effective preschool education. At each age, we are dedicated to school readiness, we focus on the development of the whole child and we emphasize children’s social, emotional and problem solving skills. We are able to provide this comprehensive program because we have more adults in each classroom than other early childhood programs. Learn more here.

Christ Church School (602) 381-9906 | 4015 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ Based on a Christian foundation, the mission of Christ Church School (CCS) is to develop the whole child by providing challenging and creative academic, spiritual, and social experiences. Christ Church School is committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education programs for children ages 18- months through Second Grade.  To schedule a tour of Christ Church School, please call (602) 381-9906 or e-mail Betsy Delaney, Head of School, at [email protected].

Desert Marigold School 602-243-6909 | 6210 S. 28th Street, Phoenix, AZ Early Childhood and Kindergarten programs nurture and protect childhood in a beautiful, warm, home-like setting. Reflecting a deep belief that children’s natural creative play contains the cornerstones of academic ability, the rhythm of the school day flows between lively outside play and inside artistic and practical activities. Learn more here.

Awakening Seed School 602-454-2606 | 6630 S. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ Between four and five is a time of expanding horizons, and that’s what students in the PreK do. They are budding writers. They keep journals, write letters to each other at their post office, and make alphabet books. They learn numbers in English and Spanish, and start to add and subtract. Art is omnipresent. It usually reflects what they are studying: community helpers, seasons, water cycle, the ocean, outer space, etc. There’s also plenty of time to play. Before and after care available. Learn more here.

Natural Choice Academy (602) 404-7820 | 13840 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ Our mission is to ensure all students receive a developmentally appropriate education in the most natural setting possible. Through a learning enriched environment, we focus on preparing children for success upon entering elementary school and providing a foundation for sustainable living. Reading, writing, science, and math concepts are learned through structured activities as well as play, exploration, and experiments guided by the teachers. Upon graduating, your child will be socially, emotionally, physically, and academically prepared for Kindergarten.