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Schools in the USAWe don't necessarily visit playschools, nurseries or kindergartens and definitely don't look at them as thoroughly as we do primary and secondary schools (and only publish full GSGI write-ups on them if they are part of a primary or K-12 school), but these are amongst the ones in Houston recommended or mentioned by expat parents. We list them here just to give you a place to start, to help you make up your own short list. 

We always appreciate any feedback from parents (contact us), and we'll remove schools or add them as we hear about them or receive updates, even from this informal list.

Children who attend some form of childcare before they reach School age (must be 5 on September 1st to start Kindergarten) will either attend a Preschool or a Daycare Center. The age of acceptance to Preschool varies from place to place but some take children as young as 9 months for their Mother’s Day Out programs (MDO).

MDO is a part time childcare for, just as the name suggests, mother’s who want the odd day or two to do other things without their children in tow. Usually following the school year, (including being closed during school holidays) most are four to five hours a day and two or three days a week which can be a life saver for those who need a few hours a week to go to the dentist, doctor, hairdresser or just have a quiet coffee with friends and in my experience there’s always something that needs to be done without the kids. Preschools will often only take children up to pre-k or kindergarten but some are part of a school making the transition to Elementary school and beyond that much easier.

Most schools and some preschools also provide 'before' and 'after' (school) care which effectively makes them a day care for those parents who work full time.

This list has been collated to give parents a starting point in their search for early schooling for their children, it is certainly not finite and we always welcome feedback from parents. Schools may be added or removed as and when updates are received.

Ashford Child Enrichment Center (ACEC)

2201 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77077

Tel: +1 281 497 6901
Fax: +1 281 497 7574
Website: www.ashfordumc.org
email: paige_laufer@yahoo.com

Age Range: 9 months to 5 years (Pre-K)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 9.30am - 2pm (Extended care: 8am - 9.30am & 2pm - 3pm) Closed during school holidays
Religion: Methodist
Independent/State: Private non-profit
Uniform required: No

Description: A church based pre-school and Mother's Day Out for children in age specific groups, each with their own classroom and adjoining bathroom. The religious aspect is low key with emphasis on Christian values rather than religious education. The church pastor can sometimes be found playing his guitar and singing songs with the children. The outdoor playground is mostly shaded. Each age group follows an age appropriate curriculum designed to encourage children to be inquisitive, independent and respectful. There are additional music teachers for daily classes and Spanish teachers for classes twice a week.

Awty International School

7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, Texas 77055

Tel: +1 713 580 0579
Fax: +1 713 579 0003
Website: www.awty.org
email: admissions@awty.org

Age Range: 3 years to 18 years
Sex: Co-ed
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Independent: private non-profit
Uniform required: Yes

Description: An international school with an Early Childhood Division for 3 - 6 year olds (Kindergarten). The school is completely bilingual in either French/English or Spanish/English and this starts from Preschool. Developmentally appropriate activities are followed in two languages in which the child is or becomes fluent.

The Branch School

1424 Sherwood Forest, Houston, Texas 77043

Tel: +1 713 465 0288
Fax: +1 713 465 0337
Website: www.thebranchschool.org

Age Range: 3 years to 11 years (5th Grade)
Sex: Co-ed
Uniform required: No

Description: An Elementary School with a Preschool program that follows developmentally appropriate activities designed to build a strong foundation for Elementary school. Children aged 3 - 5 years old can attend morning or full-day classes. The school curriculum includes classes in Peacemaking Skills which start in Preschool. The school has developed an Environmental Education Program which includes the use of their award winning 'Outdoor Classroom'.

The British School of Houston

4211 Watonga Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77092

Tel: +1 713 290 9025
Fax: +1 713 290 9014
Website: www.britishschool.org/site/epage/32181_565.htm
email: admissionsbsh@britishschool.org

Age Range: 3 years to 18 years
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: Foundation; 8.45am - 12 noon (or 3.20pm). Lower/Middle; 8.45am - 3.20pm. Upper; 8.20am - 3.30pm. (After school care 3.30pm - 6pm)
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Privately owned (Corporation)
Uniform required: Yes

Description: Pre-school caters for Nursery age children (3-4 year olds). Entry is after third birthday. The curriculum follows the foundation stage based on the British Government's Early Learning Goals, plus French from pre-school age.

Christ Memorial Lutheran Pre-school

14200 Memorial Drive , Houston, Texas 77079

Tel: +1 281 497 2055
Fax: +1 281 293 7734
Website: www.christ-memorial.org
email: eclc@christ.memorial.org

Age Range: 18 months - 6 years
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 8.45am - 2.30pm
Religion: Christian
Independent/State: Privately owned (Corporation)
Uniform required: No

Description: A Preschool and Kindergarten following a developmentally-appropriate curriculum, its emphasis on Christian values with Bible stories and weekly chapel services.

Five Star Montessori

13260 Forkland Drive , Houston, Texas 77077

Tel: +1 281 556 5665
Fax: +1 281 556 1310
Website: www.fivestarmontessori.com
email: fivestarschool@yahoo.com

Age Range: 8 weeks to 6 years (Kindergarten)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 6.30am - 6.30pm
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Privately Owned
Uniform required: No

Description: A Preschool following the Montessori program, encouraging independence, confidence and self-esteem.

Holy Spirit Child Enrichment Center (Holy Spirit Episcopal School)

12535 Perthshire, Houston, Texas 77024

Tel: +1 713 973 8150
Fax: +1 713 465 6972
Website: www.hses.org
email: admissions@hses.org

Age Range: 6 weeks - 14 years (8th Grade)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 7am - 6pm
Religion: Anglican
Independent/State: Independent
Uniform required: Yes

Description: Holy Spirit Episcopal School is part of The Episcopal Community of the Holy Spirit Church. Emphasis is given to developing each child's strength of mind, body and spirit. Holy Spirit promotes excellence in Scholarship, richness of soul, godly character andphysical well being.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church

12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079

Tel: +1 713 425 6804
Fax: +1 713 425 1688
Website: www.mdumckids.org
email: jerritetrault@mdumc.org

Age Range: 11 months to 6 years (Kindergarten)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 9am -2pm (Extended Care: 7am - 6pm, open year round)
Religion: Methodist
Independent/State: Private, non-profit
Uniform required: No

Description: A church based Mother's Day Out, pre-school and Kindergarten for children in age specific groups. The extended care is offered only to children of working parents from 3 months old to Kindergarten age. While the primary focus is always on the childrens spiritual growth, emphasis is put on a loving environment. Additional activities include sports, scouts and ballet.

Smaller Scholars Montessori

1685 S Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77077

Tel: +1 281 558 3515
Fax: +1 281 558 0917
Website: www.smallerscholars.com
email: nmartin@smallerscholars.com

Age Range: 15 months to 12 years (6th grade)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 6.45am - 6.30pm
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Privately owned
Uniform required: Yes

Description: An elementary school with pre-school following the Montessori philosophy, encouraging investigation and discovery with direct hands-on experiences. A second campus (near to I-10 & Highway 6) offers progams for children aged 18 months to 6 years (Kindergarten).

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, Texas 77079

Tel: +1 281 752 2484
Fax: +1 281 584 2024
Website: www.stjohnvianney.org/youngchild.html
email: sjv@stjohnvianney.org

Age Range: 12 months to 4 years (must be 12 months by September 1st)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.30am - 2pm
Religion: Catholic
Independent/State: Privately owned
Uniform required: No

Description: A two-day per week Mother's Day Out program for pre-schoolers. Age appropriate activities with emphasis on religion in a spiritual learning environment. Fee discounts for registered parishioners. A nursery for children aged 1-3 years is available during selected mass' on Sunday - donations are requested.

The Village School

13077 Westella, Houston, Texas 77077

Tel: +1 281 496 7900
Fax: +1 281 496 7799
Website: www.thevillageschool.com
email: info@thevillageschool.com

Age Range: 3 years to 14 years (8th grade) - High School to open in August 2008
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 8am - 3.20pm (Daycare; 6.45am - 6pm including school holidays)
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Privately owned (corporation)
Uniform required: Yes

Description: The pre-school at The Village takes children from 3 years old in preparation for elementary school. Emphasis is on socialization and development of language skills. Age appropriate activities also include music, ballet and Spanish.

Westside Montessori

13555 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, Texas 77077

Tel: +1 281 556 5970
Fax: +1 281 556 5961
Website: www.westsidemontessori.com
email: wms@westsidemontessori.com

Age Range: 18 months - 9 years (3rd Grade)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 8.30am - 3pm (school day) 7am - 6.30pm (full day)
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Privately owned, Non-profit (Parent Co-operative)
Uniform required: Yes

Description: A lower Elementary and Preschool which follows the Montessori program focusing on the individuality of each child. The school is a Parent Volunteer Organization and many parents take on activities and tasks leaving the staff to concentrate on the children.

Yorkshire Academy

14120 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77079

Tel: +1 281 531 6088
Fax: +1 281 531 6097
Website: www.yorkshireacademy.com
email: yorkaca@swbell.net

Age Range: 18 months to 11 years (5th Grade)
Sex: Co-ed
Hours: 8am - 2.45pm (Before-school care: 7am - 9am, After-school care: 2.30pm - 6pm) Closed during school holidays
Religion: Non-denominational
Independent/State: Privately owned (individual)
Uniform required: Yes

Description: An Elementary School with a Preschool accepting children from 3 years old. Age appropriate activities help develop social and cognitive skills through multi-sensory learning experiences. Emphasis is on a secure environment that fosters a positive self-image. Spanish classes start at age 4.

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