Child Care Guide

Child care is a very important part of a family’s life.  The nurturing, care and educating that is offered to our children will shape them as they move through the toddler years.  Our Child Care Guide is the area’s top resource for discovering the best child care options for your family’s needs!

Auburn First Baptist Child Development Center
(Ad Sponsor)

Director: Milissa Clowers
Address: 128 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn.
Phone: 821-8125, Email:, Website:
Ages: Infant through 6 years and After School care available grades K – 5 / Field-Trip Based Summer Camp available for children who have completed Kindergarten – 5th grade (entering 6th)
Hours: 7:00am-5:30pm
Transportation from Schools available; Licensed by the State of Alabama; Nationally Accredited through National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs/ Association for Early Learning Leaders (NAC);  Theme-based Lesson Plans and Curriculum. The Child Development Center is a ministry of Auburn First Baptist Church in which we provide safe, loving, quality care for children in a Christian environment. We strive to provide the best in early education by providing hands-on learning so that each child may develop to his or her highest potential cognitively, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Now Enrolling Summer Camp.  Please contact Milissa or Kristina for more information.

 Auburn Parks and Recreation Department • Little Learners Preschool Program
(Ad Sponsor)

Coordinator:  Dana Stewart
Address: Dean Road Rec. Center, 307 S. Dean Road
Phone: 501-2950 or
Ages:  3 – 5 (child must be potty trained to participate)
Days/Time:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday • 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. Spring Quarterly tuition $525.
Description:  Join us for a fun-filled quarter of arts & crafts, storytelling, and creative learning.  This program reinforces preschool readiness and promotes socialization skills.  Field trips may be offered.

Bonnie’s Kids Childcare Center
(Ad Sponsor)

Director /Owner: Tammie Long
Address: 2314 Enterprise Drive, Opelika
Phone: 745-6248, Email:, Website:
Ages: 4 weeks to 10 year old
Hours: 6:00am- 5:30pm; Monday-Friday
Conveniently located across from Tiger Town. “Where children grow.” Closed circuit monitoring; computer & dance programs; pick up from school for Beauregard, Opelika & Auburn, and Trinity Christian for after school programs, and summer camps. We are licensed for up to 200 children / DHR Licensed for 26 years with qualified staff that have been at the center for over 15 years. Summer activities program for school age children; Breakfast, lunch, & snack provided (USDA Food Program), Premier Spirit Academy, field trips include swimming, bowling, parks, Callaway Gardens, Auburn University and movie theatre; art and music classes offered at the center.

Growing Room Child Development Center- Auburn
(Ad Sponsor)

Owner- Laura Smith, Director-Hollie Autrey
Address: 644 North Dean Road, Auburn
Phone: 501-2044, Email:, Website:
Ages: 6 weeks-12 years old
Hours: 6:30am-6:30pm
Give Your Child the Growing Room Experience!
More Informed Parents Choose Growing Room! “On Our Block”-language based curriculum, Character Education programs, A Beka Phonics, nutritious warm meals, superior security and an outstanding playground with safe, solid rubber surfacing.  Extracurricular programs include JumpBunch & Dance. We offer before and after school care to most Auburn City Schools.

Parkway Baptist Church Preschool
(Ad Sponsor)

Director: Dawn Woodrow
Assistant Director:  Beth Fordham
Address: 766 East University Drive, Auburn
Phone: 321-0537, Email:, Website:
Ages: 6 weeks-Kindergarten program
Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30am-12 pm & 8:30am-12:15pm
Christian based preschool consisting of biblical and instructional curriculums.  Instructional curriculum is Handwriting Without Tears®.  The curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for our classrooms. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.  Weekly Chapel, monthly lunch bunches, extracurricular tumbling classes, and more!!


A.C.H.R. Child Development Center-Darden
Address: 601 S. 4th Street, Opelika
Phone: 821-8336
Ages: 3 weeks-12 years old
Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00am-5:30pm

A to Z Home Daycare- Auburn
Owner: Belinda Dowdell, president of Lee County Home Daycare Association; Phone: 821-3292
Ages: 6 weeks-12 years
Hours: day and evening care available
Quality care when you’re not there! Child Development degree. Meals and snacks provided, homework help offered, in home computer lab, monthly field trips. Located just 5 minutes from Auburn University Exit 51.

Auburn University Early Learning Center
Address: Auburn Campus
Phone: 844-4696
Ages: 3-5 year olds; half day and full day options
Nationally accredited laboratory preschool is available to any child in the community. Head teachers generally hold advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and the teaching assistants are graduate students working on advanced degrees in Human Development and Family Studies. The teaching philosophy is “learn by doing”. The facility also maintains a research mission and is designed to maximize opportunities to conduct developmental research on children and their families.

Auburn City Schools After-School Programs
Programs located at and all Elementary Schools
Phone: 887-2100
Ages: Kindergarten -5th graders
Hours: Immediately after school until 5:30pm
Individualized tutoring, participation in creative activities, and interaction with peers. Tuition prices are on a sliding scale based on lunch status.  Activities such as art, sports, computer, music and movement, and other clubs added throughout the year help children interact socially and physically with children of all backgrounds in their community.  Tutoring allows individualized instruction tailored to student’s learning styles and levels of understanding therefore improving grades and self-esteem.

Auburn Day Care Centers
Director: Ethel White; 4 Locations
Central Office: 410 Boykin Street, Room 14, Auburn
Morton Center- 68 Slaughter Street
Ridgecrest Center- 969 Booker Street
Boykin Center- 400 Boykin Street
Phone: 821-4060
Hours: Weekdays 6:30am-5:30pm
Founded in 1964 to meet the needs of low-income, working families, ADCC is an accredited, full service daycare for infants through “afterschool” age 12 with fees based on a sliding scale. All families of any income level welcome. Rates start at $58 per week. Half days available.

Auburn UMC- Children’s Day Out
Director: Molly Baldwin
Address: 137 South Gay Street, Auburn
Phone: 826-8800, Ext. 228
Hours: Open to the community on a first-come, first-served basis Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-12:00pm. Open during the summer months.
The purpose of this program is to give parents free time each week by providing a safe, well-supervised place where they may leave their children.

Auburn United Methodist Church-Weekday Preschool
Director:  Rachael Thomas
Address: 137 South Gay Street, Auburn.
Phone: 826-8800, Ext. 229
Ages: 1-4 year olds
Hours: Monday-Friday options; 8:30am-12:00pm.
The Preschool follows the Auburn City School schedule and is designed to begin the learning process early in a child’s life in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Auburn United Methodist Church- Discovery Club After-School Program
Contact: Lindsey Middleton
Address: 137 South Gay Street, Auburn.
Phone: 826-8800, Ext. 278
Ages: Kindergarten-7th grades
Hours: Monday- Friday (after school until 6:00pm) care is available to children in the 1st  through 7th grades and can be picked up at their schools and transported by bus to the church for homework, snacks, crafts, cooking, recreational activities, devotionals and mission projects.

Bright Beginnings at FBC Opelika
Director: Marsha Teel
Address: 301 South 8th Street, Opelika
Phone: 364-2784
Ages: 11 months (and walking)-Preschool
Hours: 8:30 am- 11:30 am; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday / Monday-Friday
Christian- based curriculum. Lunch bunch, Chapel, Music, Spanish, extracurricular activities and more!

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County
Address: Auburn Unit-400-B Boykin Street
Phone: 821-6020
Address: Potter Daniel Unit- 1610 Toomer St, Opelika
Phone: 745-2582
After school hours: 2:30-6:30pm; Monday- Friday; Summer Camps available. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Offering transportation from schools, homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, games, field trips, prevention services, sports, arts, and more!

BRIDGES- After School Program
Address: Drake Middle School, Auburn
Phone: 749-8400
Hours: 3:15-5:30pm; Monday-Friday
Full-time program of care for children ages 10-14 years sponsored by the Employers’ Child Care Alliance.  Based on an innovative curriculum, participants are involved in a variety of healthy, fun, educational and interactive program elements (or clubs). Tutoring offered; snack provided. Summer Program registering now.

Care A Lots Child Development Center
Address: 1515 Lee Road 298, Smiths Station
Phone: 297-7269
Ages: 6 weeks-12 years old
Hours:  6:00am-6:00pm
State Licensed. A Beka Curriculum

Child Care Network- Opelika
Director: Michelle Abernathy
Address: 702 Second Avenue, Opelika
Phone: 749-9631
Ages: 6 weeks old-12 years old
Hours: Monday-Friday; 6:00am- 6:00pm
High Reach Learning & Bright Babies Curriculum, Summer programs, Young Achievers Club, free meals and snacks with family style dining, before and after school pick up for most Opelika City Schools

Child Care Resource Center- Opelika
Address: 2015 Gateway Drive, Opelika
Phone: 749-8400
Our Services: Training and professional development for childcare professionals; Assisting parents with locating quality child care; Financial assistance for childcare; BRIDGES After-School and Summer Programming for 10-14 year olds; AmeriCorps Program within 2 counties
Work within child care centers to promote quality childcare (STEPS).

Covington Preschool- Opelika Parks and Recreation Department
Address:  213 Carver Avenue, Opelika.
Phone: 705-5550
Age: 3-4 year olds
Days: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-12 noon
Prepare your child for school-combination of fun and learning skills. Space is limited.

Creative Discovery Child Development Center
Director: Staci Greene
Address: 1675 Shug Jordan Parkway, Auburn
Phone: 887-5730
Ages: 6 weeks old-12 years old
Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm; Monday.-Friday
“Where discovery leads to learning!” Daily schedule includes free choice of time spent in learning centers, group time for circle time, creative movement, music, storytelling, and dramatization. Learning centers include creative arts, literature, science, pre-math, dramatic play, and cognitive and small motor development. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack provided. After school pick up at Auburn City Schools, Lee Scott, and Indian Pines. School Age summer camp, preschool summer camp, Scholastic Book Fairs, lots of special activities throughout the year for family involvement. Security hand-scan doors, closed circuit cameras throughout.

Family Guidance Center
Address: 36-D Samford Avenue, Opelika
Phone: 745-7037
Resource for parents in Lee County.

Foundations Preschool at Cornerstone Church
Director: Amy Baxter
Address: 2123 Hamilton Rd, Auburn
Phone: 887-1152
Ages: 6 weeks-4K
Hours: 2-5day options; 8:00am-12:00pm
Foundations Preschool is an exciting, fun-filled Christian based learning experience for children. Features include worship time, music class and summer preschool classes.

Gillock Gang’s Home Child Care
Director/Owner: Kay Gillock
Address: Opelika, Al
Phone: 703-8340
“Caring for them while serving Him”. 2008 Terri Lynn Lokoff National Child Care Teachers of the Year Award Winner National Association for Family Child Care Accredited Provider

God’s Glory Daycare
Director: Jeffery McCoy
Address: 1500 Bruce Avenue, Opelika
Phone: 737-0443
Ages: 6 weeks old- 6yrs
Hours: 6:00am- 6:00pm
Before and After School care and pickup; Summer programs; A Beka Curriculum and My Baby Can Read.

Grace United Methodist Church Preschool
Director: Leslie Carter
Address: 915 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn
Phone: 887-5981
Ages: 1 year- 4 years old
Hours: 8am -11:30am / two, three and five day options
A thematic curriculum and related activities are utilized, addressing the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual domains of early childhood education.  “Hands-on” learning experiences: Art, Manipulatives, Science, Dramatic Play, Chapel and Fieldtrips. Snacks provided and lunch bunch available.

Greater Peace Child Development Center
Address: 940 Fox Run Parkway, Opelika
Phone: 749-5555
The center offers an affordable tuition payment plan that is based on a “sliding scale,” dependent upon the family’s income.

Holy Trinity Day School
Address: 100 Church Drive; Auburn
Phone: 821-9838
Hours/Ages: Half-day Preschool and Kindergarten
Christian atmosphere; Units in math, social studies, science, art, music, literature, poetry, & field trips. Weekly chapel, Bible lessons, music and prayers.

Indian Pines Country Day School
Directors: Stacy Jackson
Address: 1742 Saugahatchee Road, Auburn
Phone: 821-7786
Ages: 3 year olds- Kindergarten
Hours: Monday-Friday; 8:30am -12:00pm
Program includes themed units, language, math, science, social skills, phonics program and more. Lunch bunch, gymnastics, and art classes offered.

Joyland Child Development Center
Director: Pamela Dumas
Address: 410 Boykin Street, Auburn
Phone: 821-7624‎
Ages: 2 years-12 years old
Hours: 6:30am-5:30pm
Sliding Fee Scale; Joyland accepts children under Child Care Resource Center Subsidized Care
Transportation before and after school

King’s Kids Child Care and Development Center
Address: 2900 Waverly Parkway, Opelika
Phone: 749-3916
Ages: Newborn-Preschool
Hours: 6:30am- 6:30pm
Learning centers include Blocks & Building Design, Dramatic Play, Library & Literature, Math & Table Activities, Music & Movement, Science & Discovery, and Writing Exploration. We place special emphasis on reading-readiness, but your child will also explore beginning math and science concepts, creative arts, dramatic play and much more. Provide morning and afternoon snack and a warm lunch. Before and after School / summer program.

Learning Zone
Director: Debbie Armstrong & Renee Thomas
Address: 1221 Commerce Drive, Auburn
Phone: 821-1127
Ages: 3 weeks old-12 years old
Hours: 5:15am -6:00pm
Fall and Summer programs available. After school program, drop off and pick up available, full and part time offered.

Lee County Home Providers Association/Lee County Home Childcare Association
Providers of in home care of children throughout Lee County. Monthly networking meetings; referrals; DHR approved in service training of home care providers.

Lee-Scott Academy- Preschool
Contact: Cindy Leonard and Mary Carl
Address: 1601 Academy Drive, Auburn
Phone: 821-2430
To provide a safe and pleasant atmosphere in which students may develop socially, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Our goals and objectives are carefully geared toward the needs and developmental stages of the individual pupil. We are committed to a low-key readiness plan for this age group, using familiar teaching vehicles to introduce language skills and number awareness. The program is lightly structured, based on our persuasion that four-year-olds thrive and learn in an atmosphere that stresses “fun with a purpose,” or learning by playing. We follow a thematic approach.

Milestones Learning Center
Director: Lee Sides
Address: 1811 E Glenn Ave, Auburn
Phone: 887-4391
Ages: 6 weeks old – Pre-K / Full time and part time available
Hours: Monday- Friday; 6:30am- 6:00pm
“Believes Childhood is a Journey, not a Race”. High/Scope Curriculum. Children learn through direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas..Tumbling,  Kindermusik, Summer Camps and more. Fall registration will be held annually in June.

Minnie Mouse’s Home Daycare
Director/Owner: Minnie Allen
Address: 144 Lee Road 449, Auburn
Phone: 821-0963
Ages: 6 weeks old-12 years
Hours: Monday-Sunday; 1st and 2nd shifts available
Loving and nurturing home environment where we teach ABCs and 123s! Just 5 minutes from Exit 51 in Auburn, Auburn University and all the major plants on S. College Street. Meals and snacks provided; State Licensed and CPR Certified.

Miss Deanna’s Childcare
Director:  Deanna Holley
Address: 1901 Corporate Drive, Opelika and
1745 E University Dr, Auburn
Phone: 745-7139 and 821-0066
Ages: 6 weeks-12 years old
Hours: Monday-Friday; 6:30am -5:30pm
After school transportation and care, School age summer program, High Reach learning curriculum, CPR and First Aid Certified and State Licensed.

Opelika City Schools- Extended Day
Coordinator: Scarlett McAllister
Phone: 745-9700
Extended Day Hours: 2:30pm-5:30pm.
Each day includes: snack, tutorial and homework time, crafts & activities, and physical play time.

Preschool Adventures at Lakeview Baptist
Director: Holly Hutto
Address: 1600 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn.
Phone: 321-4905
Ages: 1 year old- 4 year olds
Hours: Ones and Twos – Tuesday and Thursday; 8:45am – 11:45am
Threes and Fours – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, Friday; 8:45am – 12:00pm
Our most important tasks are to help children develop mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially through a planned curriculum. It is the intent of Lakeview Preschool Adventures to provide an opportunity for preschoolers to socialize and learn with peers in a Christian setting. Christ-centered, focusing on Scripture memory, Bible stories, social interaction, letter and number recognition.

Providence Baptist Church Child Development Center
Director: Mandy Steward
Address: 2807 Lee Road 166, Opelika
Phone: 745-0507
Ages: 6 weeks old-5 years old
Hours: Monday-Friday, Half-day and full days available; 6:30am-5:30pm
Child-centered curriculum that helps children grow mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Provides breakfast, lunch and snack.

Stepping Stones Christian Childcare Center
Director: Ashley Marsh
Address: 1131 2nd Ave, Opelika
Phone: 749-5616

St. Michael Catholic Preschool
Director: Cindy Wilton
Address: 1100 North College Street, Auburn
Phone: 887-5540, ext. 206
Ages: Preschool ages 3 and 4 years old
Hours: Monday-Friday options

The Children’s House-Auburn Montessori
Director: Charlene Kam
Address: 231 East Drake Avenue, Auburn
Phone: 740-6192
Ages: 3-18 year olds
The Children’s House to preserve a home away from home that nurtures the love of learning, values ambition, and fosters the spirit of peace, love and kindness in every child. The curriculum includes: art, craft, culture, grace and courtesy, foreign language, field trips, gardening, gymnastics, language, mathematics, movement, music, outdoor and indoor play, practical life, Reggio Emelia Project instruction, sensorial, and science.

The Fig Tree Childcare and Learning Center
Address: 44 Lee Road 380, Valley
Phone: (334) 741-9216
Ages: 6 weeks old-12 years old
Hours: 6:00am-6:00pm
Offers full time, part time, after school and drop in care; School pick up service available.

The Little H.A.P.I.E. Tree Preschool
Director: Leigh Ann Strain
Address: 721 E. University Dr., Auburn (inside AEEC)
Phone: 887-4956
Ages: 3-5 years old / Up to 24 children served at a time
Hours: 8:30am-2:20pm; Monday-Friday
1.  Preschool Program- Our preschool program aims to prepare students for Kindergarten.  Our lessons are based on state standards and our teachers are certified.  We focus on pre-reading skills, basic math concepts, handwriting, and social skills.  All lessons are geared to address individual developmental needs of those enrolled.
2.  Preschool Program for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD):  In addition to regular preschool services, we provide intensive services for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays.  Our interventions are based on scientifically validated methods, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Each child eligible for special education services has an individualized education plan (IEP) developed upon entrance.

Trinity United Methodist Church-Children’s Day Out- Opelika
Address: 800 2nd Avenue, Opelika, Phone: 745-2632
Ages: 3 months-5 years school year; 3 months-8 years summer program
Hours: Open to the public- Wednesday and Fridays; 8:45am-12:00pm year-round.
A Christian day care program offered as a ministry to the community. Activities include crafts, games, chapel time, playground time, snack time, and more! There are no registration fees, no attendance requirements, and no need to call ahead – just use us when you need us! The cost is $15 per child for the entire morning and $5 for each additional child in the same family. This fee assists in paying for supplies, snacks and salaries of paid workers. We ask that you pay when you sign your child in. No registration fee. Pay for only days you use.

University Daycare Child Care Center
Director: Hopewell Carroll
Address: 2454 East University Drive, Auburn
Phone: 826-7337; Email:
Ages: 6 weeks-10 years old
Hours: Monday-Friday; 6:45am-5:45pm
NAC accredited, and a Alabama Office of School Readiness Pre-Kindergarten Site.  Curriculum for all ages; after school care with pickup from Auburn City Schools and Lee-Scott. All staff is CPR certified; security lobby and cameras in all rooms.


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