Best Preschools
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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored preschools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best preschools in Tucson, AZ.

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  • 2. Credibility

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  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

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  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Creative Kids Preschool

Creative Kids Preschool is a Tucson school that serves families in Marana, Oro Valley, and Tucson. The school provides full-day and part-day programs to infants to children up to seven years of age and offers a flexible payment plan. The curriculum includes gardening, science, art, language development and phonics, math, social studies, sensory play, crafts, cooking, music, drama, and Bible stories. Two healthy snacks are provided. Creative Kids Preschool has participated in the Quality First Program for over five years.

Tucson, AZ(520) 575-6565


El Rio Preschool

El Rio Preschool is a Tucson facility that provides classes for infants up to children who are five years of age. The infant class is for infants six weeks old to 12 months old with a 4:1 infant to teacher ratio. The toddler class is for children one year to three years of age with a 6:1 toddler to teacher ratio for one-year-olds and an 8:1 ratio for two-year-olds. Preschool is for three to five-year-olds with a 13:1 preschooler to teacher ratio. El Rio Preschool is DES licensed and DES certified.

Tucson, AZ(520) 623-5912


Happy Trails Christian Preschool

Happy Trails Christian Preschool is a Tucson non-profit preschool that has been caring for children for over 50 years. The school provides part-time and full-time programs for children one to five years old. The activities promote motor, cognitive, and social skills, and children receive homemade lunches and snacks. Happy Trails Christian Preschool offers a preschool program, and pre-kindergarten program, and a before school and after school program along with transportation to and from Presidio, Prince, Holoway, and Cragin Elementary Schools. A summer swimming program is available. Parents appreciate the curriculum and the teachers.

Tucson, AZ(520) 325-7556


Kids First Preschool

Kids First Preschool is a Tucson school that has two locations and offers continuous enrollment. The preschool has been caring for children for over 12 years. The infant program is for children six weeks old to 12 months of age. There are programs for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and pre-kindergarten. Kids First Preschool also has a before school and after school program and provides van pick-up for school age children from many schools including some Vail District schools. Kids First Preschool provides two healthy meals and snacks that are prepared fresh daily.

Tucson, AZ(520) 795-0990


Leman Academy of Excellence

Leman Academy of Excellence is a Tucson school that has multiple locations and open admission. The preschool’s curriculum includes teaching methods such as reciting, painting, singing, building, creative projects, field trips, shapes, letters, and numbers, and discovery and guided exploration. Older children up to grade eight have a curriculum which includes handwriting, science, spelling, math, Latin, Spanish, art, music, P.E., history, and geography.

Tucson, AZ(520) 639-8080


Mis Manos Montessori School

Mis Manos Montessori School is a Tucson school that serves the northwest and surrounding areas of Tucson. The toddler program is for children who are a year and a half to three years old. The program covers language, practical life, movement, and art and music. The primary program is for children three to six years of age and includes math, practical life, language, sensorial, music, geography and sciences, art, movement, and cultures.

Tucson, AZ(520) 498-1700


New Discoveries Preschool

New Discoveries Preschool is a Tucson school that provides half- and full-day programs. The programs are for children four weeks of age to 12 years of age. The Christian-based curriculum includes sensory play, dance, social studies, math, cooking, drama, Bible stories, language development and phonics, science, art, and crafts. The teachers at New Discoveries Preschool are certified in First Aid and CPR. There are before school and after school programs, and children are bused to and from charter and public schools. New Discoveries Preschool is a Childcare and Food Program participant and is DES approved and state licensed.

Tucson, AZ(520) 293-5756



SteadyGrowth is a Tucson Montessori preschool that offers a preschool program and a before and after care program. The preschool program includes features of the Montessori Method and the Educaring approach which both emphasize independence and the environment. The classroom is at a residential location.

Tucson, AZ(520) 207-4587


Storybook Cottage Preschool & Daycare

Storybook Cottage Preschool & Daycare is a Tucson facility that provides care for infants up to 12-year-old children. The programs include infants, toddlers, three to five-year-olds, summer school, and before and after school programs. The infant to adult ratio is usually 4:1. Storybook Cottage Preschool & Daycare accepts DES. Lead teacher Bernice Roll has 20 years of experience running her own reading specialty center. Parents appreciate the experienced and caring staff.

Tucson, AZ(520) 392-8325


Strauss ECE & Kindergarten

Strauss ECE & Kindergarten is a Tucson school that serves children six weeks to five years of age. The preschool has a play-based program and has 14 classrooms. The programs are for infants six weeks to one year old, toddlers one year old to 36 months, preschool for children who are three years old by September 1, and pre-kindergarten for children who are four years old by September 1. Strauss ECE & Kindergarten offers enrichment activities such as yoga, sign language, Spanish, puppet theater, Judaic studies, STEM enrichment class, and music.

Tucson, AZ(520) 325-0390


The Apple Tree Learning Centers

The Apple Tree Learning Centers is a Tucson center that provides an assortment of programs. The center’s programs are the infant care program for children six weeks to 12 months of age, the toddler care program for children 12 months to 24 months of age, the preschool program for children 24 months to 36 months of age, the kindergarten prep program for children four to five years of age, and the school age program for children up to 12 years old.

Tucson, AZ(520) 882-3816


The Beginning School

The Beginning School is a Tucson kindergarten and preschool that has been serving children for more than 25 years. The school provides classes for children one year of age to six years of age. The Beginning School also offers a summer camp. Parents remark on the skilled and nurturing teachers.

Tucson, AZ(520) 299-6066


The Children’s Center

The Children’s Center is a Tucson facility that provides daycare and preschool service from the age of two weeks and up. The fully insured daycare provides breakfast, lunch, and two snacks and allows parents to come in to visit their child whenever they want to. The Children’s Center provides daily reports to parents which give information about the child’s daily activities. The center provides a discount for two or more children as well as a military discount. Parents appreciate the quality of care, the affordable prices, and the caring staff.

Tucson, AZ(520) 314-8753


The Sandbox Early Childhood Learning Center

The Sandbox Early Childhood Learning Center is a Tucson school that offers open enrollment. The school has programs for infants, toddlers, twos, and preschool as well as pre-kindergarten and after school programs. Indoor and outdoor activities include blocks, computers, books, sandboxes, puzzles, wagons, bikes, swimming pools, and a merry-go-round. The Sandbox Early Childhood Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Parents appreciate the administration, faculty, and the facility.

Tucson, AZ(520) 795-9595


Vail Inclusive Preschool

Vail Inclusive Preschool is a preschool that serves children of all ability levels. The school offers a preschool program, a pre-kindergarten program, and an early childhood enrichment program for children between two and three years of age. Vail Inclusive Preschool offers programs such as hot lunches, a lending library, and a free clothing boutique. Parents remark on the environment and the teachers’ dedication.

Vail, AZ(520) 879-1753


Wright Brothers Christian Academy

Wright Brothers Christian Academy is a Tucson preschool that provides childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The preschool is for children of all backgrounds and faiths. The school keeps parents informed with information such as learning activities, feedings, milestones, diapering, sleeping, with reports, photos, and emails. Children learn skills they need to be successful in kindergarten. Wright Brothers Christian Academy offers transportation for several schools including Thornydale Elementary, DeGrazia Elementary, Quail Run Elementary, and Legacy Charter School. There is also a summer camp available.

Tucson, AZ(520) 744-3919


Young Explorers School

Young Explorers School is a Tucson school that provides infant, preschool, and daycare services. The activities and services include before and after school care, art, music, and language, cooking activities, summer programs, field trips, an on-site swimming pool, and parenting classes. The school has part-time and full-time schedules, and infant care starts at six weeks of age. Parents are encouraged to participate in open house activities, recycling projects, parent study groups, and more. Young Explorers School is a Child and Adult Care Food Program participant and accepts DES clients.

Tucson, AZ(520) 885-5526


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