KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
Winter & Spring 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy’s top preschools meet and exceed the variety of requirements, schedules, and curriculum sought by local families. Through the pandemic, these area schools have adapted to keep children safe while building a sense of community through learning and development.
Primrose Schools offers multiple Katy locations.
Katy parents have provided feedback on their favorite preschools in the area. Visit the websites for more information on their programs.
Infants through kinder, plus after and before school care
Multiple Katy locations
Primrose has a long-standing reputation of excellence in early education. They offer a balanced approach to learning that fosters curiosity and confidence.
“Wonderful teachers and staff, they treat our children like their own,” says Megan Bishop. “Our 3-year-old daughter loves attending. She has learned so much and is definitely advanced for her age! We love that she is involved in so many activities such as music, language, art, play, math, reading, etc.”
To keep students safe, parents are not allowed inside the Primrose buildings. Daily temperature checks are required, and asks are required for staff as well as students over 10 years of age. Everyone frequently washes their hands and the bottoms of student shoes are cleaned upon entering.
Open enrollment begins at the end of March.
“We could not have better things to say,” says Bishop.
Part-time programs for ages 3 to 4; Mother's Day Out for 6 months to 35 months
22111 Morton Ranch Rd.
Holy Covenant focuses on the principle that children learn best when actively involved in their world. They are known for having an excellent staff who provide consistent learning in a happy Christian environment. Planned activities stimulate growth in developmental areas and children attend chapel once a month.
Registration for the fall has been moved to March 1. Like most preschools, Holy Covenant is closed to in-person tours, but virtual tours can be found on their website.
“I can’t say enough good things about both the curriculum, enrichment, and staff at Holy Covenant,” says Kathy Penney, who had both of her children attend the school.
“They prepared my daughter so well academically and socially for kindergarten that her teacher asked where she went to preschool,” says Penney. “They were the first to identify that my son needed Early Childhood Intervention services and called them and went to bat for us to get him the services.”
Holy Covenant also offers a transition class for 5-year-olds. This class is created to help give students extra time and tools to better prepare them for kindergarten wherever they choose to attend. They are also NAC accredited.
“Holy Covenant is hands down amazing,” says Magui Hurt. “This will be our fourth year there. Fantastic staff and school.”
Offers two- to five-day programs for ages 2 - 5; also has infant and toddler programs
1407 W. Grand Parkway S.
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC,) Katy's ECEC is known for their excellent staff and nurturing programs with a focus on providing a quality preschool education in a loving environment. They provide year-round programs and extended hours for the convenience of working parents, and also have programs for infants and toddlers.
“Katy Early Childhood Enrichment Center is phenomenal,” praises local moms on the popular Katy Moms Facebook page.
One Katy mom says her son has attended Katy’s ECEC since he was one years old and she can’t say enough wonderful things about the program.
Katy's ECEC is known for being very hands-on and innovative, and teaching through a pandemic hasn’t slowed down the interaction and warmth that families expect from the school. By following safety procedures, the school maintains its status in Katy Magazine’s Top Preschools while helping students learn and thrive.
Immersive Spanish program
1721 East Ave.
Trinity Spiral School in Old Katy is a Spanish Immersion preschool with a Montessori curriculum. They offer before and after school programs as well as camps during the summer.
“We love Trinity Spiral School,” says Ashley Shott. “They focus on handling emotions and building relationships/community. Each week they have yoga and PE as well as gardening. My daughter is thriving there. She absolutely loves her teachers and talks about them often.”
Trinity Spiral recognizes that all kids are different and focuses on creating a program that works for each student while taking extra precautions to keep families safe during the pandemic. Teachers wear masks, check temperatures, and disinfect students’ shoes and backpacks at the start and end of the day.
“We disinfect with a professional electrostatic sprayer using approved non-corrosive products with zero cytotoxicity, totally safe for our kids,” says Leo Paez.
Trinity Spiral School is currently enrolling for the fall term.
Two days a week preschool on Mondays and Wednesdays
6655 S Mason Rd.
Photo credit: Little Ranch Preschool
Little Ranch Preschool describes themselves as “an outreach for Christ to our community and church family by loving, nurturing and teaching children to know the awesome love that God has for us all.”
They strive for each child to feel positive about themselves and the world around them and to experience God’s love through loving relationships and happy times at school in a Christian environment.
“My daughter loved Little Ranch Preschool,” says Sabrina Rae.
“We are following all of the recommended Texas Childcare COVID guidelines including teachers wearing face masks/shields, extra cleaning and sanitizing, as well as keeping children from different classes physically distanced,” says Director Cassie Smith.
Like many schools, they are also using a carpool at drop-off and pick-up to minimize people entering the school as well as daily temperature checks.
Two to four-day programs for ages 18 months to 5 years, depending on age of child
2655 S. Mason Rd.