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Guide to Preschools & Junior Kindergartens In & Around Richmond

Some of the most common inquires we receive include recommendations for Preschool and Junior Kindergarten options in the Richmond area. The RMB Team’s kids are a diverse mix of public, private, and homeschool. We always suggest asking specific questions in your local community as you will hear straight from other moms their experiences, and of course we recommend research of the schools you are interested in. And of course, we are here to list and highlight some of the incredible education options Richmond has to offer! 

Canterbury Community Nursery School

At Canterbury Community we will educate children in a creative, supportive, nurturing environment
in partnership with family and community.


Canterbury will educate children in a creative, supportive, nurturing environment in partnership with family and community. We offer innovative, child‐centered programs for children ages16 months through 5 years. Our youngest children, ages 16 months through 30 months, learn and grow within a self‐contained classroom. With the assistance of our trained, caring staff, these children develop their independence and ability to build relationships. Our older children extend their learning beyond the wall of one classroom through our unique Open Time program. During Open Time, our school becomes one large learning environment. Children move freely from room to room to participate in a wide array of learning experiences in mixed‐age groupings. Come see why our children love Open Time! Our oldest children, those who will be age appropriate for kindergarten the following year, start their day at 8:00am, giving them an extra hour for an enhanced curriculum. This additional hour will allow for instruction in kindergarten readiness skills, foreign language, and computers, all delivered in the Canterbury child‐centered way.


“I deliberated for months over where to send our oldest son. Based on recommendations from several area friends we decided on Canterbury. This was in 2010 and we are still a loyal Canterbury family. The director, Miss Mia truly loves the children and makes each of them feel special every day. The teachers are phenomenal and the Open Time concept has been perfect for our kids. I love that they work to foster creativity and imagination in our kids and that they value outdoor play which is so important for kids this age. I cannot say enough great things about the program.” -Canterbury Parent

Type of School: not for profit (501(c)3) secular preschool

Ages: 16 months to 5 ½

Hours: 7:30am – 5:00pm, Preschool 9:00am – 12:00pm, Junior Kindergarten 8:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00pm

Beofre/After School Care: 7:30 am, 12:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

601 N. Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia

(804) 741-4118

Mt. Pisgah Preschool

A faith-based educational program of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church that offers a Christian atmosphere for nurturing growth and development of children.

At Mt. Pisgah Preschool our goal is to help preschoolers become enthusiastic learners. We offer a balanced approach to learning through play and teacher-guided activities in a warm and loving Christian environment. Our teachers provide opportunities where children can be active and creative in their explorations. We encourage children to become more independent, self-confident and progress at their own pace. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum focuses on spiritual, social, emotional and cognitive growth and development. Class time includes a planned balance of guided play, creative art activities, music and language experiences, chapel lessons, group times, and outdoor play. Our preschool’s objective is to help each child take the natural step from home to elementary school. We are a close-knit community developed through relationships among our students and their families

“My family’s time at Mt. Pisgah has far exceeded my expectations! From the teachers to the staff to the director, everyone involved with the school is dedicated to providing a great education with the kindest and most loving hearts. My son loves going to school, routinely shares what he has learned at his weekly chapel and music lessons, and is well prepared for school. We will miss our Mt. Pisgah family next year when our little guy is in kindergarten, but the love of learning he has  gained while there will never be forgotten.” -Mt. Pisgah Parent 


Type of School: a non-profit, faith-based half-day church preschool

Ages: 2 1/2 year olds through Prekindergarten age

Hours: : 9:30 a.m. – 12:30pm

Before/After School Care: Lunch Bunch program is offered from 12:30-3:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.

1100 Mount Pisgah Dr
Midlothian, Virginia

(804) 794-1720

Promises Preschool


A nurturing, inspiring, and loving program awaits your family at Promises Preschool!

Promises is a developmental, play-based, discovery oriented preschool where every
child matters. We are dedicated to helping children reach their full potential socially, academically, physically and spiritually.
We believe that each child develops at his or her own rate. We are committed to 
individualized, child-centered learning that promotes creativity and curiosity. We 
provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can learn about the larger 
community in which they live.
“One of the things I love about Promises is the small, nurturing community. Our
  experience there has been the perfect introduction to school because my children
  have learned the most important things.   .   . to love learning, to be a part of a group, to become independent and self-reliant, and to have FUN! I feel as though all the teachers there know our family and embrace all the children lovingly and for that I am so thankful.”
Promises parent

Type of School: a non-profit, half-day church preschool

Ages: 2 year olds through Prekindergarten age

Hours: : 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Before/After School Care: Extended day opportunities offered frequently

Three Chopt Presbyterian Church
9315 Three Chopt Road
Henrico, VA 23229

St. Matthew's Preschool


St. Matthew’s Preschool, an outreach program, is a developmentally-based, early childhood program designed to meet the social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, and physical needs of preschoolers within a safe and structured Christian setting.

Type of School: not-for-profit, half-day Christian preschool

Ages: 18 months to 4 years (Pre-K)

Hours: 9:00 am – 12: 00pm

Before/After School Care: Lunch Bunch every-other Tuesday

1101 Forest Ave
Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Montessori School


Richmond Montessori School is a premier Montessori community, inspiring academic excellence and nurturing human potential. Authenticity in Montessori curriculum, philosophy, method. Respect for self, others, the environment. Community through diversity, dynamic learning, service.

Type of School: Montessori 

Ages: Toddler through 8th Grade (Ages 2-14)

Hours: We offer toddler and primary half day programs (8:30-11:30); as well as primary, elementary and middle school full day programs (8:30-3:10 p.m.)

Before/After School Care: We offer early arrival at 7:30 a.m. and after school programs until 6 p.m. 

499 N Parham Rd
Richmond, Virginia

(804) 741-0040

AGAPE Preschool

Gayton Baptist Church
13501 North Gayton Road
Henrico, Virginia 23233

Hilltop Preschool

West Richmond Church of the Brethren 

7612 Wanymala Road
Henrico, Virginia 23229

KIDS in Discovery Preschool

13000 Gayton Road

Henrico, VA 23233

Rainbow Station at Three Chopt

11001 Three Chopt Road

Richmond, VA 23233

Shady Grove United Methodist Preschool

4825 Pouncey Tract Road

Glen Allen, VA 23059

St. Thomas' Day School

 3602 Hawthorne Ave

Richmond VA 23222

Woodlake Child Development Center

St. Mary's Episcopal School

12291 River Road
Richmond, VA 23238

The Cedarhouse School

2301 Colony Crossing Place
Midlothian, VA 23112

Winfree Memorial Preschool

13617 Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian VA 23113

Primrose School of Midlothian Village



The Goddard School in Mechanicsville

Redeemer Lutheran Church Child Development Center

9400 Redbridge Road

North Chesterfield, VA  23236

Brandermill Church Preschool

4500 Millridge Parkway

Midlothian, VA 23112

Creative Learning Center at Second Baptist Church

9614 River Road

Richmond, VA 23229

North Run Baptist Pre-Kindergarten

2100 Lydell Drive

Henrico, VA 23228

Skipwith Academy at Forest Avenue

7344 Townes Road
Richmond, VA 23226

Chamberlayne Baptist Preschool

215 Wilkinson Road

Richmond Virginia 23227

West End Montessori School

9307 Quioccasin Rd.

Richmond, VA  23229 

Atlee Christian Academy

8391 Atlee Road

MechanicsvilleVA 23116

Christ Church Episcopal Preschool

5000 Pouncey Tract Road
  Glen Allen, VA 23059

Open Arms Christian Preschool

8800 River Road
Richmond, VA 23229

All Saints Episcopal Preschool

8787 River Road

Richmond, VA

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