Preschool, VPK + Daycare Guide
Are you searching for daycare or a preschool in Lakeland, Winter Haven, or Polk County? Below you’ll find a list of 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. Look at the categories by each listing or click through to the descriptions to see what ages they cover.
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.
All child care providers in Florida are licensed and inspected by the Department of Children & Families. Visit myflfamilies.com to search local providers.
The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County has a wealth of information on their website including How to Select a Child Care Provider, How to apply for and select a VPK, Eligibility for School Readiness Funds, and much more.
For information on Private Schools, visit our Private School Guide.
For information on After School Care, visit our After School Care Guide.
For information on Polk County Public Schools (including Magnet, Charter, IB, Academies, & more) see our Polk County Public School Guide.
Our Preschool & Daycare Guide contains both sponsored and free listings. This is by no means 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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