Cedar Rapids Preschool Guide – 2024

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Disclosure: We are frequently asked about early childhood programs and recommendations for preschools and childcare in Cedar Rapids. We understand that picking a school or child care center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be overwhelming. We are thrilled to provide this guide resource, brought to you by our featured sponsors!  We hope this Cedar Rapids Preschool guide makes the process easier as you begin your search!

Cedar Valley Montessori School

Cedar Valley Montessori School has been providing family-centered programming since 1971. CVMS is committed to helping children ages two through six grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually in an environment that emphasizes personalized learning and respect. CVMS programs are structured to create thoughtful, independent, and confident learners who have respect for themselves and the world around them. Our mission is to remain consistent with what Dr. Maria Montessori said, did, and wrote to create an individualized early education experience which will allow children to progress at their own rate along their developmental path. We are centrally located in downtown Cedar Rapids, with spacious, natural light-filled classrooms; a large, multi-use indoor atrium and gymnasium; a securely fenced outdoor play area; and a state-of-the-art security system. You may sign up for our programs as early as Birth! Call today to schedule your tour!

Trinity Lutheran School Early Childhood

Trinity Lutheran School – Early Childhood

Trinity has benefited from a strong early childhood program for over thirty years. The goals of our Early Childhood program are to develop your child’s individual abilities and talents through dramatic play, sensory centers, age-appropriate academics, and peer socialization all while incorporating our core values: Responsible, Respectful, Gratitude, Compassion, Integrity, and Strong Work Ethic. Trinity also provides the opportunity to continue on through Eighth grade in a State Accredited, Christ-centered school with high-academic standards. Tour and receive more information about Trinity Lutheran School: www.trinitycr.org or call 319-362-6952 x1227.

St. Paul's Early Learning Center

At St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, we believe that children learn well through play. It promotes curiosity, exploration and creativity! We offer flexible scheduling Monday through Thursday from 9:15am-2pm with an extended day option from 2pm-4pm. During the summer we offer summer care for birth through 3 years old and summer camps for 4 years to 12 years old.

For more information, please feel free to call Julie Hanlin at 319-363-6349 or email jhanlin@stpaulsumc.org

Refuge City Early Childhood

Our program provides an opportunity for children to grow physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally while in a safe and stimulating environment. We support holistic health and nutrition practices We support your choices as parents And we support YOUR CHILD

Montessori School of Marion

Expecting a baby is an exciting time for families but it can also be accompanied by uncertainty. The existing landscape of parenting resources is difficult to navigate, overwhelming, and, often, conflicting. In response, Montessori School of Marion has created Montessori + Me–classes for expecting parents. Our program introduces the Montessori method which is holistic, scientifically proven, and appeals to natural instincts. You will be guided on how to implement Montessori at home in the life of a newborn. We’re excited to help you on this journey of parenthood and are confident that you will get so much out of Montessori + Me.

Summit Schools

Summit Schools’ PreKindergarten (PreK) program features a strong phonics reading curriculum, and daily math and science instruction. Summit’s PreK prepares children for elementary school in a calm and nurturing learning environment. PreK students at Summit also enjoy several field trips throughout the year, and weekly exploratory instruction in art, music, Spanish, and PE/wellness. Summit is the only accredited, independent, non-parochial PreK-8th grade school in Cedar Rapids, and is known throughout the community for its personalized education and small class sizes. Call today to schedule a personal tour to see the difference a Summit education can make!

Noah's Ark Preschool

We are a teaching/private preschool for 3,4 & 5 year olds. Our purpose is to help your child develop physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and cognitively. Our preschool aims to build a solid foundation for Kindergarten and Alternative Kindergarten.

Little Lambs Christian Preschool

Our purpose is to provide a well-rounded and nurturing pre-kindergarten experience for three and four-year-olds in a Christian environment. LLCP supports the home by providing a program of developmentally appropriate learning activities that will contribute to the child’s mental, physical, and spiritual development and further his/her social and emotional growth.  LLCP began its program of early childhood education in the fall of 1981

All God's Children Preschool and Childcare

All God’s Children (AGC) is a ministry of the Shueyville United Methodist Church, a mile off I-380. We represent Jesus Christ by living, teaching, and sharing the Christian faith. We define quality care and education as structured programs with many and varied learning enrichment opportunities, all rooted in Christian love. The goal of AGC is to help children develop positive feelings about God, themselves, others, and learning opportunities through our connection with College Community School District. We believe AGC is a place of security, fun, and exposure to new learning possibilities. We strive for social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth.

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