Best Daycares in Nashville

Are you looking for a daycare close to work or home? Or maybe one that stays open late considering Nashville traffic can be so unpredictable? Finding the best daycares in Nashville for your little one can be a stressful experience especially if you’ve just moved to town. Most daycare vacancies fill up faster than house listings in the Nashville area. This can be challenging if you’re a medical spouse and are in the post Match Day rush to relocate your family.   

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Here are my top picks for the best daycares in Nashville covering Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties.  These daycares have been awarded a 3 Star TN Star-Quality rating in 2021, enroll children as young as 6 Weeks, offer multi child discounts, are wheelchair accessible and participate in the Child Care food program.

Davidson County

The largest county in the Metro Nashville area, this county comprises of most of Nashville bordered by Brentwood and Antioch in the south. Greater Nashville including downtown falls under Davidson County.

Rutherford County

Carved out of the original Davidson County in the 1800s, the county seat of Rutherford County is Murfreesboro. Parts of Smyrna also falls under this county.

Williamson County

With a relatively lower cost of living compared to Davidson County, most centers in this region have better facilities and use of space. The county seat is Franklin

Wilson County

Located adjacent to Davidson County in the east is Wilson County. The two biggest locations here are Mt.Juliet and the city of Lebanon.


My Top Favorites

The Gardner School of Midtown

The Gardner School offers a blend of traditional and Montessori style curriculum which incorporates activities, focused play and lessons for children. Headquartered in Franklin, this institution has nationwide locations and has been rated a Best In Parenting winner for multiple years. This center operates Mondays to Fridays from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The center is located at 1811 State St, Nashville, TN 37203

The Academy of Powell Place

Winner of Best In Parenting for 13 years in a row, this institutionhas a total of 11 locations in the Middle Tennessee area. The Brentwood location was started in 2015 and has spacious classrooms and play areas. Teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified, certified in Baby Sign Language, and trained in SIDS Prevention. This center operates Mondays to Fridays from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The center is located at 203 Powell Place, Brentwood, TN 37027

KinderCare Learning Center

Kids enrolled in this center really do develop a lot quicker than other children of the same age. According to KinderCare, KinderCare kids are more prepared for first grade than expected for their grade level and meet key developmental milestones sooner. This center operates Mondays to Fridays from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

The center is located at 410 Swiss Avenue, Nashville, TN 37211

La Petite Academy at Murfreesboro

Established in 1986, this center is known for their family involvement. Most parents who enrolled their kids here have lauded their friendly and welcoming environment. In addition, communication provided by staff is amazing and class sizes are small to give each child ample attention to development. This center operates Mondays to Fridays from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The center is located at 1842 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217

Fannie Battle Day Home

The Fannie Battle Day Home has deep roots to catering to families based on income and family size with a goal of providing affordable, high-quality childcare to working Nashville families. In addition, their teachers are encouraged to pursue additional continuing education opportunities and receive a minimum of 18 hours of professional development each year. This center operates Mondays to Fridays from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

The center is located at 108 Chapel Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206


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