The Best Preschools in Delray Beach for Early Education and Prekindergarten
In search of the best preschool in Delray Beach, Florida for my two daughters I’m embarrassed to say I’ve toured them all. With so many factors to consider; class sizes, safety, teacher credentials, cleanliness, hours, cost… do they offer VPK? does my kid have to be potty trained? It’s enough to make your head spin!
So I’m sharing my notes with you on what are, in my opinion, the best preschools in Delray Beach in hopes of helping out some other moms (and dads too!) who are as overwhelmed as I was in this big discussion to leave our babies with caretakers, other than family, for possibly the first time. Please feel free to add any I missed or questions in the comments section. Good luck!
Seedlings Preschool at Sunflower Creative Arts
Address: 227 N Dixie Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Ages: 2 – 6 years
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-3pm
Cost: Starting at $279/mo (2 half days) plus materials Click here for pricing *Register early
Class size: For 3-6 yo class, up to 24 kids with at least 4 teachers and/or parents
About: Celebrating 25 years, Seedlings is a unique play-based learning environment that empowers children to be confident, creative and compassionate through Play, Nature and the Arts. Children choose their own activities, giving them freedom to make choices within a safe environment. Parent cooperative component. Children do not need to be potty trained.
Trinity Lutheran School
Address: 400 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 276-8458
Ages: 1 years old through 8th Grade
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm (half days and aftercare available)
Cost: Starting at $3,800 per year ($380/month for 2 half days) plus fees Click here prices
Class size: Up to 14 per kids per roster but with half day schedules and alternating days, never that many at a time in one class.
About: Trinity offers a creative, yet developmentally age appropriate approach to learning; their preschool (3-4 yo) uses the Saxon Curriculum, while the Tiger Tot Program (2-3 years) uses High Reach and Kindermusik Curriculum’s. In 2013 they opened a fully gated and secure 10,000 square foot Early Childhood Center featuring 9 spacious classrooms, an enclosed playground, a gym/ multipurpose room and an office area with a sick room.
St. Paul’s Day School
Address: 188 S Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 278-4729
Ages: 3 and 4 year old classes (VPK)
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-1:30pm (VPK provider, aftercare available)
Cost: $6000 annually for 3’s class ($600/mo for 5 days 8:30am-1:30pm.) 4’s class / VPK is only $300/month wrap around fee. Optional Stay and Play: $1500 annually (can be paid in 10 monthly installments of $150) Click here for pricing
Class Size: Up to 14 students in 3’s class (with teacher and aide), up to 11 in VPK (one teacher)
About: Founded in 1963, St. Paul’s Day School has provided quality education in a loving, Christian atmosphere for almost 55 years. Only 35 children in the entire school, it’s a family like environment supported by St. Paul’s Church and the Downtown Delray community.
Seacrest Christian Preschool
Address: 2703 N. Seacrest Blvd Delray Beach, FL 33444
Ages: Infants, Toddlers, 2, 3, and 4 year olds (VPK)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $108 week (5 half days) Click here for pricing
Class Size: Up to 8 students in 3’s class, up to 14 in VPK
About: Over 30 years ago, Seacrest Christian School started as a mother’s day out program sponsored by Seacrest Presbyterian Church. Today this VPK provider offers smaller class sizes giving each student personal attention in a friendly, secure learning environment.
Little Friends Learning Center
Address: 16333 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484
Phone: (561) 495-2089
Ages: Infant to 5 years old (VPK)
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm (half days available)
Cost: starting at $693 a month. Click here for current pricing
About: Learning based on Creative Curriculum, an educational enhancement tool that will give children freedom to explore their classroom environment. With a 5 day a week program and longer hours, a good choice for working parents.
St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Academy
Address: 2515 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: (561) 278-7735
Ages: 1 – 3 year olds
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm (before and after care available)
Cost: Starting at $11 per hour Click here for pricing
Class Size: Up to 8 students per class
About: St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Academy is an educational environment specifically designed for children ages 1-3. The teachers honor each child’s spirit, individual needs, and learning styles while promoting and modeling respect, responsibility and lifelong learning skills. It’s small class sizes and clean, safe environment make it an excellent starter school. Students can choose to graduate onto the sister campus, Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School which goes up to eighth grade.
Address: 101 NW 22nd St, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Ages: Preschool (age 2) – 8th grade
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm (aftercare and half days available)
Cost: Starting at $6,146 a year (2 half days) plus fees. Click here for pricing
About: Unity’s Montessori classrooms promote self-discipline, responsibility, and independence. They feature child-sized furnishings and learning materials organized in such a way that children can move freely about the room.
Get Ready, Set, Grow Academy
Address: 16687 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446
Ages: 2 – 4 years (accepts 2nd birthday Sept. – Jan.)
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm (aftercare available)
Cost: Contact for price.
About: Get Ready, Set, Grow Academy has a highly experienced team of teachers and offers a complete academic curriculum that was designed specifically to meet preschool guidelines. Apple Accredited and awarded the Florida Gold Seal for Quality Care.
VPK ~ Voluntary Prekindergarten
Some of Delray Beach’s public elementary schools offer FREE VPK as well. Please check out our delray elementary school blog post for more details.