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Friday, April 30, 2010

Smarty Approved Day Cares

By Katie M

Once again, we couldn’t create a list like this without your support! We recently did a call-out to readers to submit their favorite day care facilities and to tell us why they love them. We had a great response, and we are still taking submissions! If you know of a wonderful day care you’d like to see added to this list, email us at and we’ll get it added. Be sure to send the name of the facility, address, phone number, web site (if applicable) and a short paragraph stating why you think your facility is “smarty-approved.” This list of day care facilities will be archived on our site indefinitely under the category title “Day Care” on the left-side of our page and under our Local Resources Button.

If you are a parent looking for a trust-worthy day care facility in the Triad, be sure to check this list first. All the submissions below are considered “smarty-approved” and comes with high ranks from our readers. So, in no particular order, the nominations for "smarty-approved" day care facilities are...


College Hill Childcare Cooperative
2300 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC
(336) 323-1001

Primrose Schools
Primrose School Of Brassfield
3105 Brassfield Road
Greensboro,NC 27410

Primrose School Of New Irving Park
4 North Pointe Court
Greensboro,NC 27408
336 286-8889

UNCG Child Care Education Program
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
School of Human Environmental Sciences
P.O. Box 26170 Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: (336) 334-5810 Fax (336) 334-5076

Little Mouse Playhouse
2903 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408-4121
(336) 282-2758

Our Childrens House
1105 Magnolia Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-1425
(336) 272-8882

The First School
617 N. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 373-0445

The above listings were submitted by our own TSP team member, Susan D. She personally checked out each facility when she was heading back to work after her daughter was born.

Village Kids
8100 Industrial Village Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
I love this daycare. The atmosphere is great. There are three villages depending on age and 2 or three play grounds. The Kids eat breakfast, lunch and snack in a cafeteria which I think is nice b/c it gets them out of the room. The play ground for the kids is the best that I have seen around. My son has learned so much here! This daycare is a 5 Star. – Emily E

Village Kids is an incredible daycare where my son, Aaron, has gone since he was 4 months old. He had some trouble when he was around 2 1/2 - 3 years old keeping up with the other children with naming his colors and some talking - his teachers spent individualized time with him to make sure he wasn't being left behind. Another reason we chose (and have stayed with them) is because they do not require that your child be potty trained (or any other kind of physical step they may not be ready for) to move onto the next class. The kids stay together and stay with the same teachers for 2 years (if at all possible - unforeseen circumstance such as teachers moving/leaving, etc). I recommend this daycare to everyone I know that is looking for a great daycare where they know their most prized possession is being handled with care...and having fun! They also bring in other activities (so they can do the extra curricular while in school and not after school when you want to spend time with them) and they have a Summer Camp like program for them during the summer months where they do water play and hiking activities. PLUS they have fabulous playgrounds and well balanced meals and snacks. Oh and they're rated with 5 stars as well! – Alison N

Creative World
111 Muirs Chapel Road
Greensboro, NC 27410-6112
(336) 852-0240
I cannot say enough good things about Creative World in Greensboro! I have been full-time working Mom for most of my 8 years as a parent. We found CW when my oldest was 12 months old and they have had our hearts since then! Carolyn Pryor, Director, has been there for many, many years (20?) and Asst. Dir, Daria Joyce has also been there a good while (10 years?). Both are experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy. About half of the staff are professional, career-child-care-givers (think - loving, attentive adult women who love the kids!) who have been there for many years and the other half of the staff is made up of college students (mostly UNCG) studying childhood development or similar majors. The entire staff is committed to the nurturing of each child, while also giving them a good preschool foundation to ready them for kindergarten and beyond. The CW staff is one big "family" and that atmosphere passes on to the children and parents. My oldest transitioned from CW to kindergarten amazingly well, which made me very grateful for our family experience there. My youngest will start kindergarten in fall 2010 and although we will greatly miss our Creative World family, I know he will be ready for kindergarten & beyond! – Stephanie C

High Point

Y's Angels
1552 Skeet Club Road
High Point, NC 27265
(336) 885-4759
I LOVE Y's Angels. I cannot say enough about them. We have not actually used them in over a year but we still pop in from time to time to say hi and so the boys are familiar for those just in case days. When shopping for a daycare I would leave and cry (as I was not a child that had been raised in daycare). I felt that most were dirty and a meet market. When we left Y's I knew right then, that is where my twins would go. It was wonderful to visit and actually smell how clean it was and be able to see the difference between those that cared and those that just got by. ALL the workers there take the time to get to know your child. I know without a shadow of a doubt that if we ever had to put our children back into daycare that is where they will go. - Tina

Laurel Oak Children's Center
1004 Old Plank Rd
High Point, NC 27265-9247
(336) 885-5622
A wonderful daycare center that our son began attending when he was just 4 months old. It is a local family run center, and they also do an afterschool program at a neighboring church. We were happy with the childcare and the center has installed webcams you can access from your computer at work!!! I loved it! - Jayna P

Wesleyan Christian Academy
1917 North Centennial Street
High Point, NC 27262
I have heard great things about this daycare from many of my friends. It has been around since my husband was a child and continues to be one of the top daycares in High Point. - Jayna P


A Child's World
2005 Lewisville-Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC 27012
Phone: 336-766-8222
Fax: 336-766-5156
My two children attend A Child's World Learning Center in Clemmons. There are also two locations in WS and one in Advance. In the past, we had always used 1/2 day church programs and in-home care. We were leery of a full-time daycare situation. However, from the first day I visited I was impressed with the friendly staff and the attention given to each child. We are greeted every morning and wished a great day as we leave! My "just turned" five year old has gained a real excitement about books and reading - they have prepared him well to begin kindergarten. We have been very happy there are would recommend it highly! - Janet F

Clemmons Moravian Church
3560 Spangenberg Ave
Clemmons, NC 27012
(336) 766-6273
The wait list was really long, which shows it is a great place. This is where I went to preschool. They have great teachers, and a warm feel. - Megan B

Country Club Learning & Development Center
3842 Country Club Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27104
I have used this center for my two youngest children. They are a very small center and the atmosphere is very caring and loving. I liken it to having a babysitter. They only have 4 babies at a time, so I like the one-on-one care received at this tender age. I love the director!! - Tina K

Epiphany Early Childhood Center @ Lutheran Church of the Epiphany
5220 Silas Creek Pkwy
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
My children have attended EECC. Recently they've gone through national certification process which is a major deal with lots of hoops to jump through in order to earn the title nationally certified. So now they hold both the state and national certification. I certainly feel they belong on your list. - Martha B

My children both went here, as did many friends of ours. Penny Latham is the director and does a phenomenal job hiring wonderful staff! - Sarah D

Great for older kids, great structure and curriculum, teachers are fabulous, all day program, program director started program and is past teacher - Megan B

This center has a more pre-school type atmosphere. All four of my kids went here as soon as they were toddlers. The director sets a wonderful tone! The price may be a little higher, but the teachers are all degreed and they provide health insurance to the staff which helps with turnover. You pack a lunch for your child every day, but the Center is very particular about what you send. My kids learned a lot about healthy eating while young with Epiphany’s help! We have always had a great experience at Epiphany! - Tina K

First Baptist Church Children’s Center
501 W. 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
My daughter has been at First Baptist since she was 5 months old and she just turned 5 years old. Her attendance at FBCCC has been the best experience for all of us. The teachers and staff are nurturing, caring, attentive and highly trained.
First Baptist provides a wonderful learning experience in each classroom with weekly trips to the library and farmers market and music class and Chapel once a week. In addition they have lots of field trips to the Children’s Theatre, Stevens Center, Pumpkin Patch, Dixie Classic Fair to name a few. We will truly miss going there each day when our daughter leaves there in August to begin Kindergarten but we will definitely be back to visit on a regular basis. FBCCC is the best! – Cathy L

My son has been at First Baptist for about 4 1/2 years now and I cannot say enough great things about it! He will start Kindergarten in the Fall and I attribute much of his readiness for that big transition to First Baptist. The curriculum is focused and thorough. While every daycare has it's issues, they are addressed and resolved very quickly. GREAT STAFF!! - Carrie K

My kids have been at First Baptist Church Children’s Center since they were babies and we have been very happy there. - Julee N

One more plug for First Baptist - the gym is a huge plus! Even when it rains or is
super cold or super hot, the kids run and play, ride tricycles, and roller
skate indoors! Plus, there is a new computer lab for Pre-K kids! - Betsy K


Country Adventure and Child Development
5726 North Carolina 66 Hwy S
King, NC 27021-8332
(336) 983-5550
I highly recommend Country Adventure. The staff is great, my 10 month
old son gets so excited when i drop him off in the morning, which is
the biggest sign that they are doing a great job. they really love
each child they care for, and take the time to develop relationships
with the parents as well. the classes are small which gives each child
more individual attention (which is especially good for the really
little ones). they have a food program, offer part time, and are very
reasonably priced. i could not ask for a better day care for my son. - Natalie K

What day cares do you want to add to this list? Email us at and tell us why!


Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about Mudpies in Winston Salem? I need to look into child care for the fall and this is the only one that I have not been able to find a referral from a friend or on this list.

Perchy said...

We love Village Kids!

Anonymous said...

Little Stars on Jonestown Rd. is wonderful. They are finishing up their requirements for 5 star licensing too. I couldn't say enough great things about this childcare center!

Tricia G said...

In response to the question about Mud Pies. My son has attended there since May and he loves it. I find the learning programs are very appropriate and the kids seem to enjoy the daily activities as well. They offer additional programs for children. I have been very happy with it so far.

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