PRESCHOOL + CHILDCARE GUIDE
Preschools, Daycares, VPK, Childcare, School Holiday Camps, and Childcare in Lakeland + Polk County
Are you searching for daycare or a preschool in Lakeland, Winter Haven, or Polk County? Or a before or after care program for your elementary-age children?
Below you’ll find information on high quality preschools and child care centers where your children can thrive. This list includes infant daycare centers, church daycare, Christian preschools, Montessori Preschools, head start preschools, VPK free preschool programs, and more.
We recognize that finding a daycare with available space can be a daunting task. If after contacting the daycares on our list you are still having trouble finding an opening, visit the Lakeland Moms Group on Facebook and to ask your fellow moms if they know of a preschool or daycare with availability. Also, if you are pregnant and will need infant care, it is never too early to start looking for a daycare, many will put you on a waiting list based on your due date.
This is not a comprehensive list, there are over 395 registered child care providers in Polk County. Visit myflfamilies.com for a full list.
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Childcare… Daycare… Preschool… Headstart… School Readiness… VPK… there are many different childcare programs in Florida. Learn more about what these terms mean and find out more about preschool and daycare assistance programs.
Florida VPK is a FREE prekindergarten program for 4 & 5 year-olds. Learn how to apply, the difference between VPK at a public school or private provider, and how to find a VPK near you.
A new preschool and childcare center is opening in Lakeland this fall. The Nest Schools offers a quality early childhood education program where your children will thrive. The new location in South Lakeland is part of a larger network of preschools with a robust play-based curriculum, safety focused campuses, and highly trained teachers.
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Learn about All Saints Academy, an independent Christian school for ages 2 – 12th grade. ASA has a college prep focus and is conveniently located between Lakeland and Winter Haven. From the small classes and personalized attention to the innovation and unique activities available to students, you’ll be impressed!