Preschools and Daycares in Lakeland + Polk County
Below you’ll find a directory of preschools and daycares in the Lakeland and Winter Haven area that accept children ages 2 & up. These play based child care providers can help provide care during the day while also teaching your children fundamental skills.
While some of these providers also accept VPK Certificates, not all 4-year-old preschool programs are VPK providers. To learn more about VPK eligibility and how to apply for a VPK program in Polk County, check out our full article on Florida VPK.
- Daycares vs. Preschools – Making sense of childcare options in Florida (plus daycare assistance info)
- For more information on Child Care Options including VPK, holiday camps, and articles explaining the different types of child care providers, visit our main Childcare Guide.
- DCF Childcare Search – Childcare facilities in Florida are licensed by the Department of Children & Families. Visit the link to research local providers.
- Polk Early Learning Coalition Website – The ELC has a wealth of information on their website including How to Select a Child Care Provider, Applications for VPK Certificates, Eligibility for School Readiness Funds, and much more.
We recognize that finding a daycare with available space can be a daunting task. If after contacting the daycares on your list you are still having trouble finding an opening, visit the Lakeland Moms Group on Facebook to ask your fellow moms if they know of a preschool or daycare with availability.
Our Preschool & Daycare Guide contains both sponsored and free listings. This is by no means a comprehensive list, there are almost 400 registered child care providers in Polk County. Visit myflfamilies.com for a full list.
Use the map at the bottom to find Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up Near You.