A comprehensive, searchable and free directory of all the daycares and preschools in Houston on Winnie

Houston parents, your daycare and preschool search just got a lot easier. Winnie’s new daycare and preschool search helps parents in Houston find quality child care in just a few clicks.

When Anne Halsall, mom of 2, started looking at preschool options for her oldest son, she was at a loss for where to begin. She was new to the area and didn’t know other parents who could give personal recommendations.

“I really had no idea where to begin.” said Anne. “I knew there had to be tons of great preschools all around me, but I just couldn’t find them.” Google was no help, as it only brought up the big, popular schools that had long waitlists.

This experience inspired Anne — a software engineer and one of the co-founders of parenting tech startup Winnie — to make the daycare and preschool search process easier for other parents by bringing it online. “At Winnie, we feel strongly that both children’s and parent’s lives are enriched when they have access to quality childcare and early education opportunities,” said Anne. “We want everyone to be able to find this information. That’s why we are making it accessible and free to use.”

Anne, along with the rest of the team at Winnie, recently launched a comprehensive, searchable and free directory of all the daycares and preschools in Houston. Listings include detailed descriptions, photos, tuition information, availability data and more. And in addition to this wealth of information, Winnie also contains reviews from parents whose children have attended the daycare or preschool. This way even if you don’t know someone directly who sent their kids to a specific daycare or preschool, you can still get the inside scoop.

Sophisticated search

One of the reasons we love Winnie’s new daycare and preschool search is that it is more than just a listing of all the providers — it’s a powerful, fully interactive search tool. You can refine your search with keywords like “montessori” or “bilingual” to find the programs that match exactly what you’re looking for. You can even choose to only see daycares and preschools with 8+ hour days, something that is critical for working parents. We also love the interactive map that allows you to zoom to a very specific neighborhood and find providers close to your home or work.

In addition to all the large daycare and preschool facilities, included in the results are small in-home providers that are otherwise extremely hard to find online. In-home providers are a great option many families don’t know about where children receive highly individualized care in a home setting.

Safety first

One of the most useful features of Winnie’s new tool is the link to the licensing database on a daycare’s Winnie page under the “Contact Information” section. Click on the license number to be taken to a full report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. All licensed child care providers are inspected regularly and these inspections, along with any complaints filed against the provider, are public information.

What’s next

“We really want to get the word out about Winnie because when you have child care, you have options. Whether you utilize it or not, just knowing what your options are is very powerful,” Anne explained. You can check out the childcare options available to you at https://winnie.com/houston/childcare.

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Spoiler Alert: My advice is to worry about the perfect preschool if it’s important to you.  If you are only in a panic because other moms are in a panic, don’t worry.  There are a lot of schools and a lot of types of preschools in Houston.  Just apply now if you want a spot for next year.

Parent Recommended Houston Area Preschools… Where to Send the Little Ones to School

PreSchool ListTo help you navigate through the school selection processes, below are reader recommended preschools in the Houston area!  This guide is intended to get you started in your search for a mother’s day out, preschool or bridge program.  Details on hours/programs may change, so get the latest information by clicking the links and looking at the school websites.

If you have more suggestions, please contact me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity.com!  Also, check out Winnie for a comprehensive, searchable and free directory of all the daycares and preschools in Houston. Listings include detailed descriptions, photos, tuition information, availability data and more.

BigKidSmallCity.com is not endorsing any of the schools and is not responsible for any problems.  If you have a concern, please talk to the school directly.

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Listings below with “*” mean they were submitted by the school rather than a Houston parent.  If you are a Houston parent and want to endorse the school, tell me!

Updated: 4/2018

Parent Co-Ops:
Beehive Cooperative Preschool
(West University, 3756 University Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77005)
Parent Co-op
2 years & 8 months (by September 1) through 5 years old
AM Class – 8:30 to 11:30 Tuesday through Friday
PM Class – 10:15-3:15 Monday, 12:15 to 3:15 Tuesday through Thursday
On a parent’s work day, the parent and child arrive 15 minutes early and stay until all clean-up is completed.

“Poe Co” Poe Cooperative Nursery School (Museum District at Poe Elementary, 5100 Hazard Street, Houston, TX 77098)
Parent Co-op
3 years old or 4 years old by September 1.  Playbased program that teaches through play.  (Learn about play based instruction HERE.)
Monday – Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm, 8:00am-3:05pm option available Monday through Thursday
On your parent helper day, the parent must arrive by 8:15am and stay until 12:00pm.


Montessori Schools:
(Learn about Montessori with THESE books.)

The Innovative School (12280 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077)
18 months- 6 years old
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm

Southampton Montessori (Rice Village, 5012 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX)
Preschool and Kindergarten

Montessori Country Day School (Museum District, 5117 La Branch St, Houston, TX 77004)
Infant through 6 years old
7:00am-6:00pm, year-round

Post Oak School (Bellaire, 4600 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX 77401)
14 months through 12th grade
Monday through Friday: 7:00am-6:00pm options

St. Stephen’s School (Montrose, 1800 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas, 77098)
18 months through 8th grade
Monday through Friday, 8:00am-2:45pm, with before and after school options.

Wilson Elementary Montessori (2100 Yupon, Houston, TX 77006)
4 year old preschool
Monday through Friday


Schools/Early Childhood Centers:
Avalon Academy (1616 Indiana St, Houston, TX 77006)
6 weeks to 4 year old preschool.

Ascension Episcopal School (2525 Seagler Road, Houston, TX 77042)
PreK 3 & 4.  Extended day options available.

Alianza Eco International School Spanish Immersion (12603 Louetta Road, Cypress, TX 77429)*
6 months to kindergarten.  Monday thru Friday 6 am to 6 pm

Annunciation Orthodox School (Montrose, 3600 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX 77006)
3 years old through either grade
7:00am to 6:00pm options.

Bear Creek United Methodist Church School (16000 Rippling Water Drive, Houston, Texas 77084)
15 months through Kindergarten
2, 3, 4, and 5 day option.

Bering Drive Christian School (Galleria, 1910 Bering Dr, Houston, TX 77057)
2 years through Pre-K.
2, 3 or 6 days.  8:00am-6:00pm options available.

Bethel Mother’s Day Out (Bethel Church, 825 Bering Drive, Houston, TX 77057)
9 months through 5 years old
Thursdays & Fridays, 9:30am-2:30pm

Blossom Heights (Westpark near Fondren, 8702 Lipan Road, Houston, TX 77063)
18 months through preschool
Flexible hours Monday – Friday, Early drop-off begins at 7:30, daily, Preschool program from 8:30am until 2pm, 2, 3, or 5 days a week, After care until 5:30 pm.

Chapelwood School for Young Children (11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024)
3 months to pre-kindergarten.  Bridge program available.
School Day: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 2 days a week to 5 days a week. After school activities available.

Children’s Place (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, West University, 5308 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005)
6 months through 5 years old
School Day: 9:00am-2:00pm, Extended Day: 7:00am-6:00pm

Chrysalis Christian School (11522 Telge Rd Cypress, TX 77429)
6 weeks to preschool.
7:00-6:00pm options available.

Cornerstone United Methodist Church (Cypress, 18081 West Road, Houston, TX 77095)
18 months through 5 years old.
Monday thought Friday – 9:00-1:00pm

Crossing Boarders (Rice Village, King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX  77005)
Spanish, Mandarin, French and English Preschool
18 months through 5 years old.  Before and Afterschool care for 5-12 year olds.

Esperanza School (Rice Military/Heights,1100 Roy Street, Houston, TX, 77007)
6 weeks through 5 years old.
Pre-School, Mother’s Day Out, Afterschool Programs, 6:30am – 6:00pm Options Available

Faith Lutheran Day School (Bellaire, 4600 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401)
3 years through Kindergarten, Kinder bridge available
Monday – Friday:  7:00am – 6:00pm

First Steps Montessori (The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd  Houston, TX 77019)
18 months through kindergarten
Monday – Friday: 8:15am – 2:30pm

Kid’s Day Out (KDO) Learning Center (First Presbyterian Church of Houston, 5300 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004)

Kid’s Day Out Learning Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of young children by nurturing the whole child. The curriculum is thematic and incorporates art, music, science and math, writing and language skills, literacy, dramatic play, sensory experiences, block building, Bible and more.  KDO serves children ages 4 months through Pre-Kindergarten.  MWF 9:00am-2:30pm (extended care 8:00am-3:45pm)

Klein Weekday Ministries (Klein United Methodist Church, 5920 FM 2920, Spring, TX)
18 months through 5 years old
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-1:00pm, Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm
Kindergarten Bridge offered

Montessori Learning Institute (Beechnut & Maple locations)
5701 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77074 (Ages 1-3) and 5812 Maple, Houston, TX 77074 (Ages 3 and up)
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 6:30pm options available

Our Savior Lutheran School (5000 W Tidwell Rd, Houston, TX 77091)
Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds.  School is also K through 8th grade.
9:00am to 2:00pm.

Pilgrim Lutheran School (8601 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX 77096)
18 months through 8th grade
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 6:00pm options available

Presbyterian School (5300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004)
Preschool (2 by January 1) through Middle School
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm options

Rainard, Gifted & Talented (11059 Timberline Rd, Houston, TX 77043)
Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Houston’s only nonprofit, private school for gifted children.
Monday-Friday: 8:15am to 12:30pm 

Redd School (4820 Strack Road, Houston, Texas 77069)
Horses, bunnies, plants, pool and they teach Spanish.
Infants through Middle School.  Extended hours available.

The Regis School (7330 Westview Dr, Houston, TX 77055)
All Boys. PreK 3 and 4.
8:00am-3:00pm with extended day options.

River Oaks Baptist School (River Oaks, 2300 Willowick Rd  Houston, TX 77027)
2 years old through 8th grade.
Pre-Kindergarten is 8:15am-11:45am with an option for 7:30am-3:15pm.

School for Little Children (Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401)
Preschool: Turning 3 and 4, 2-5 days/week 9-12 (with stay and play option until 2 on select days)
NAEYC, MDO 15 mo-30 mo, 2 days/week 9-12 and 9-2

School of the Woods (1321 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055)
2.5 years through high school
Monday – Friday:  7:00am – 6:00pm options available.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Heights, 1819 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008)
12 months through 5 years old
Half Day: 8:45am – 12:45pm, Full Day: 7:45am-2:45pm, Early AM: 7:45am-8:45am

St. Catherine’s Montessori (Timberside Dr near 610, 9821 Timberside, Houston, Texas 77025)
14 months through 9th grade
Toddlers: Monday-Friday, 8:15am-11:30am, Primary: Monday-Friday, 8:15am-3:15pm, Extended Day until  6:00pm

St. Frances Episcopal Day School (Memorial, 335 Piney Point Rd, Houston, TX 77024)
18 months to 8th grade
Monday – Friday, extended care until 6:00pm.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Preschool (St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Galleria, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056)
12 months through 5 years old
Monday – Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm
Kindergarten Bridge offered

St. Paul’s School (Museum District, 5400 Fannin, Houston, TX)
6 months through kindergarten
9:00am – 2:30pm, extended day 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Strawberry Fields of Learning (902 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX 77565)
Walking to 6 years old.
Up to 5 days a week.  9:00am to 3:45pm, with extended day available.

Summus International Private School (8045 FM 1960 E. Atascocita, TX 77346 )*
Multilingual full immersion school that concentrates in Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Chinese instruction. 6 weeks through pre-K, Regular schedule 7:00am-6:00 and extended day 6:30-6:30. Afterschool enrichment Spanish and Chinese classes for kindergarten thru 5th grade. English is only spoken during 2 hours at the end of the academic day.

Trinity Lutheran (Downtown, 800 Houston Ave, Houston, TX)
6 weeks through 5 years old for Early Childhood School (Trinity Lutheran goes through Middle School)
Full-time and part-time program options, Monday-Friday: 6:30am-6:00pm

Wesley Academy (First Methodist Houston, Westchase, 10570 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042)*
6 months through 8th grade
7:30 am to 3:00 with extended care from 3- 6pm.

The Yellow School (Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024)
3 months through kindergarten
Monday – Friday: 8:45am – 2:30pm (includes optional extended day)

Zion Lutheran (Heights, 3606 Beauchamp, Houston, TX 77009)
Call 713-869-6844 (website under construction!)