Best Preschool or Day Care 

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First Place: Primrose Schools

Primrose School of Atlee Commons
9650 Atlee Commons Drive
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 550-3400

Primrose School at Ironbridge Corner
11351 Iron Creek Road
Chester, VA 23831
(804) 751-0233

Primrose School of Midlothian at Waterford
13300 Tredegar Lake Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 639-1011

Primrose School of Midlothian Village
13801 Village Place
Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 378-8773

Primrose School of Swift Creek
4750 Brad McNeer Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 744-0787

Primrose School of Twin Hickory
4801 Twin Hickory Lake Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 364-6540

Primrose School at Westerre Commons
3855 Westerre Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 290-7969

Second Place: Goddard School

Third Place: River Road Church Preschool

Looking for a preschool or day care that does more? Check out one of Primrose Schools' Richmond locations. Founded in Marietta, Ga., in 1982, and operating more than 250 schools in 17 states, Primrose is a network of accredited private preschools that emphasizes early education. The schools' curriculum is designed to introduce students to early academic concepts in a way that promotes kindergarten readiness, along with several enrichment programs intended to "ensure that well-balanced early childhood experiences are woven into the daily curriculum." Primrose has seven locations in the Richmond area, which offer year-round services, and its programs are available for children from infancy through school age. The Goddard School, headquartered in King of Prussia, Penn., has nine locations in Ashland, Chester, Glen Allen, Henrico, Mechanicsville and Midlothian, and offers a similarly stimulating, education-focused experience and curriculum for preschool-aged children. Goddard focuses on seven learning domains, among them language and literacy, social studies, creative expression and physical development. River Road Church Preschool, housed on the first floor of the church, offers children lessons in Spanish, sign language, music and gross motor skills as well as religious classes.

Correction: The Goddard School is headquartered in King of Prussia, Penn. In earlier print and online versions of this story, we incorrectly listed the location of the company's corporate offices.


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