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Friday, January 31, 2014

Preschools of Fort Thomas

Blue Marble Bookstore Presents:  Mama on a Budget-  Preschools of Fort Thomas

Preschool can be very confusing, especially for first time moms.  However, investment in early childhood education and a quality preschool can yield significant developmental dividends with your children down the line, so it is important to muddle through the confusion to find a preschool fitting you and your child’s needs.

That said, I was not Miss Polly Planner when it came to Knox’s preschool decision; I was standing at Teeter Tots and a mom told me she was going to sign her child up for preschool that following week.  Her child was a few months younger than my barely-two-year old!  Not to mention, school didn’t start until September and it was only February. So, I panicked, questioned my parenting, my existence, and yelled at my husband for his lack of forewarning; how did I miss this?

Well, it’s very easy to miss. And not only is it easy to miss, it’s extremely confusing to know what school your child should go to and how to get her registered.  I assumed registration would require a quick phone call.  Nope! 5:30 am queuing combined with coffee and a down-payment was required, not to mention trying to understand all the needed information!

So, to help with this difficult decision, here is some information on the local preschools.  Just FYI, several of the open houses start this weekend!

Located: 600 N. Ft. Thomas Ave. Ft. Thomas, Ky  41075 MOVING to: First Presbyterian Church at 220 S. Fort Thomas Ave
Open House: February 6, 7-8pm for new prospective students

Located: Highlands Methodist Church Fort Thomas
Open House: February 2nd, 2-3pm

Bluebird Christian Preschool's purpose is to provide a loving non-denominational Christian environment in which children can develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually through age appropriate activities.
Sunday, February 2nd from 2-3p.m. for their Annual Open House. All of their classrooms will be open and teachers and staff will be their to answer any questions about Bluebird and their open registration that takes place on February 7th.

Please contact them at 859-441-2132 or to be placed on their January mailing list. They will send you up-to-date information regarding their class offerings, tuition and registration procedures.

Located: 960 Highland Ave Ft. Thomas, Kentucky 41075
Open House: February 9, 2014 1:00 – 3:00 PM

They offer a morning or afternoon program for 3-6 year old children, with a full day option for Kindergarten students. The morning session is scheduled from 9:00 -11:30 AM, and the afternoon session is scheduled from 12:30 – 3:00 PM. Full Day Kindergarten students attend 9:00 AM -3:00PM.

One key advantage of their school is that they provide a low teacher to student ratio, not exceeding 8:1 and often lower. This provides a greater level of time for the teachers to work with each of their children. They invite you to visit one of their schools and experience for yourself the prepared environment in which children are naturally motivated to observe, think, and engage. Please call to arrange a tour. They look forward to sharing their school with your family.

Located: 305 Park Avenue  • Newport, KY 
Open House: Schedule an appointment

The mission of Trent Montessori is to provide an authentic Primary Montessori education in a loving and nurturing environment.  As a young child once said to Maria Montessori, "Help me to help myself" they are dedicated to helping each child reach his or her fullest potential by meeting their developmental and social needs which will guide them to become successful members of their community.  Trent offers a true sense of community, with committed parents and staff

For more information or to arrange a tour call 859-491-322

Located: 428 South Fort Thomas Avenue Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Open House: Call for more information: 859 572-4641

Their pre-school program is designed to meet and to challenge the educational, developmental, recreational, and social needs of three, four, and five-year old children. They, therefore, provide a balance of activities that touch the whole child – physical, mental, and spiritual.  Children are not pressured to achieve in academics. Rather, they expose them to academic topics (e.g., alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, sizes, and specific themes) in a variety of ways. All children are encouraged to learn at their own pace; more advanced materials are offered when children are ready for them.
Religious Education - Saint Thomas Pre-school is a Catholic pre-school; however, they do not teach formal religion classes. At this age, suitable spiritual preparation consists of nurturing Christian values, praying and singing simple prayers, and celebrating God’s wonderful creation.


  1. I did the same thing as you, Jessica, with my oldest. I had no idea you had to apply so early ... I think I got around to it in August (with preschool starting in September). Luckily, I got her in. She and my boys have all gone to Country Hills Montessori, and we (and they) love it!

  2. I'm surprised Child Development and Playcare isn't on the list...although it might be considered more of a daycare. My daughter attended their program and she received a very impressive pre-school education.

  3. Thank you 'Mama" this is very helpful.