Preschool, VPK + Daycares in Lakeland and Polk County
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.
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.
Daycares, Preschools, and VPK – Making sense of childcare options in Florida
Florida VPK Information – Eligibility + How to Apply for VPK
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.
Private School Guide
After School Care Guide
Polk County Public School Guide (including Magnet, Charter, IB, Academies, & 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 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.
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.
HELPFUL TIP: Use the filter button (3 horizontal lines) to narrow down the list by city and/or category. All city filters are a general geographic area, check each listing address for a specific location. Use the map at the bottom to find Childcare, Preschools, + VPK Providers Near You.