Top Preschools & Childcare in San Jose

Published May 23, 2018

Are you looking for the best preschool or childcare service for your child in San Jose? ChatterBlock is here to help you. Check out our list of the best providers in your area. 

Are you looking for a preschool or childcare providers near your workplace, or would one closer to home be a more convenient option? Either way you'll find the perfect place to send your little one in the list below. ChatterBlock has only selected our all-time favorite preschools and childcare services for you. 

Kiddie Academy of San Jose

Kiddie Academy of San Jose provides a nurturing, qualified teaching staff and a variety of activities and educational services for your child, all in a safe, modern, fully equipped facility. The academy will be like a second home for your child because the childcare workers do everything in their power to ensure that you kids physical, emotional, social and educational needs are met every day. Days are filled with enriching activities, exciting learning experiences and wholesome meals and snacks. 

Promise Land School Preschool

Promise Land School Preschool is a trusted non-profit Christian based preschool serving children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. They understand that the first five years of a young mind is fundamentally important. That’s why Promise Land has fully designed their curriculum to go beyond the basics of academics and play to instil a love for learning and enhance a child’s boundless potential. Their educational programs employ a play-based and child-centered approach where a child can learn through play while receiving the right care. Focusing on every child’s learning style and individuality, our curriculum helps our students to attain critical thinking, problem-solving, social skills, and moral and ethical values – all while learning academic skills.

East Hills Preschool

East Hills Preschool's curriculum is based on knowledge of how children grow, develop, and learn. The curriculum is designed to include optimum learning opportunities and maximum involvement of the children. The curriculum is planned to develop all the readiness skills which are necessary for cognitive and social growth.

East Hills Preschool has a beautiful backyard for your kids to play in with paths for trikes, sandboxes, play kitchens, age appropriate play structure, dress up, etc. Inside you will find a reading loft, small group tables for activities, a science table, play doh, blocks, pretend play area with dress up and dolls, and a fish tank. They have fun activities like the beginning of the year picnic, an auction night, and holiday events which include parent participation. Flexible morning and afternoon schedules are available. They also have a monthly newsletter that goes over the themes and what they are learning as well as weekly update emails as well as conferences to keep you in the loop. 

Merryhill Preschool

Merryhill Preschool runs a Links to Learning curriculum for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years that takes advantage of a child’s readiness to learn with activities that are fun, challenging and engaging. Links to Learning is organized into five developmental stages incorporating eight subject areas. At each stage of the preschool journey, they introduce new concepts and skills while reviewing and re-enforcing existing skills.

Merryhill Preschool also has wonderful weekly themes and cool art projects (not your typical crayons only here!). The school understands the importance of balance between learning and fun. 

Play 'N' Learn

Play ‘N’ Learn has a long tradition of providing a warm, caring and safe atmosphere for children to learn through creative activities and free exploration. Here, every child is provided an opportunity to socialize, create, discover, and build self-confidence as they master new skills. Our curriculum is developmentally balanced to ensure your child blossoms in an atmosphere where they are challenged intellectually, socially and physically.

Play 'N' Learn also offers a summer camp called WILD ADVENTURES. WILD ADVENTURES summer caps i is complete with sports activities, wet ‘n’ wild water adventures, a talent show, a visit from dozens of creepy crawlies, field trips, and much more. Each child will be exposed to dance, drama, visual arts, crafts, culinary arts, and more.

Okavango Academy

Okavango Academy lessons are structured in such a way as to constantly maintain the interest of children in the learning process. Each lesson begins with funny music and finger gymnastics. The Academy always sets a theme for the class so children can go on a journey into a fairyland.

The goal of any class is to gain knowledge in a fun playful way.

Explorer Parent Participation Preschool

Explorer Parent Participation Preschool is a developmentally designed learning program for both parents and children. They are a parent participation preschool where children, at an individual pace, can learn and develop through play, and parents can learn and grow in their abilities to be child educators at home, at school, and in their community. 

Their children’s program is based on the growing knowledge of child development and appropriate practices. Materials and methods are research-based, and children are given choices of activities which are supervised by the teacher and/or parents in the classroom. Parents are trained as aides through practice and observation in the classroom and through seminars and discussion with the credentialed teachers.

Running Start Preschool

Running Start Preschool program, along with their qualified and caring staff, will give your child a place to grow in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Your child will learn about the world around them through language, art, music, science, storytelling, drama, and play. RSP will also provided the opportunity or your child to learn about God. They offer flexible programs for all families. Whether your child needs full or half days, they offer several different options for both.

At RSP they have an "open door" policy. Parents of enrolled children are encouraged to visit the center at any time, announced or unannounced. Parents are more than welcome to join us for lunch, help with projects or circle time or just come and observe, as appropriate.

San Jose Montessori School

San Jose Montessori School is dedicated to supporting the development of the whole child using the Montessori approach.  This approach creates a strong foundation for both child and family that will serve them for a lifetime of learning to follow. Their classroom is arranged to allow the children to find and take out the materials on which they wish to work. Materials are kept in specific places on low shelves throughout the room. There are several low tables as well as ample floor space for the children to use materials. There are 5 basic areas of study in a Montessori classroom:  Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Subjects.            

More Great Options to Consider

Here are a few more suggestions of awesome preschools and childcare providers in San Jose.

Sunshine School serves children from 2 months old all the way to 8th grade. They have six convenient locations to serve you. Whether you are looking for infant, toddler, pre-school, after school or summer program, Sunshine has the right curriculum for your child.

Mandala Children's House offers Early Preschool, Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten programs at Mandala. In the summer, they offer a 6-week Summer School Program. They also offer a variety of specialized enrichment classes. In the Preschool and Pre-K programs, children are intentionally mixed in age at Work Time, following the tradition of Montessori classrooms, but they are placed with peers of their own age for Table Time learning and Small Group. Children remain with their same Small Group teacher throughout the year.

Agape Learning Center serves children in the North San Jose and Milpitas area for age 18 months to 5 years old. They offer a well-balanced program designed to enrich the students academically, socially, and emotionally. They are committed to providing a fun learning experience for children by cultivating Christian values. This is a great place for children to learn, grow and have fun! 

Gateway Preschool Academy provides developmentally appropriate curriculum and training that will allow children to meet state requirements for kindergarten entry. Their education is Christ-centered and Bible-centered. They also engage children in various forms of creative activities such as the arts, music, drama, and science. These avenues of creativity serve as powerful tools for children to retain and apply their learning. 

San Jose Day Nursery is committed to meeting the dynamic needs, expectations, and hopes of parents who are looking for high quality Early Care and Education. In a complex community environment, the Nursery seeks a staff and Board who possess a diversity of skills and heritages, empathy and relativity in family relations, and leadership in the conduct of programs and agency management.

Interested in finding more cool things to do with your kids in San Jose?

Check out our local Events Page. New activities are being added everyday. 

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