"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Hillside Preschool & Academy

Demonstrating a positive, loving and caring environment that educates, inspires and grows happy and confident Christian children.




Hillside Preschool and Academy's early childhood education program is a non-profit school which was established to meet the needs of the congregation and surrounding community for children 6 weeks - 3rd grade. For more information on Kindergarten through 3rd grade, see the Academy link.

Our preschool programs include (based on age on September 1) 

  • Little Lambs, ages 6 weeks to 2 years old
  • 2's
  • 3's, must be potty trained
  • 4's


Our T5 program is for children that are of age, however the parent and teacher agree it would be better for this child to wait another year before beginning Kindergarten. Children experience excellent curriculum at this age, however promotion for the following year will be into Kindergarten and not 1st grade.

Awards and Certifications

  • AdvancEd SACS Accredited
  • Certified Program of Excellence by the North Georgia Conference Preschool Association
  • Certified Drug Free Workplace through the state of Georgia
  • Townelaker Reader's Choice Award every year since 2008


Preschool registration begins in January and fills up quickly. For dates and rates, see the fee schedule on the enrollment page. Children must be enrolled for these programs, no drop ins.


Infants- 2:6, Young Walkers- 2:7, Toddlers- 2:8, Explorers- 2:9,  2's- 2:11,  3's- 2:13,  4's: 2:14-16.

Hillside UMC Child Care

For other child care opportunities such as Enrichment, Breakfast Club and Mother's Day Out see MYHillside Kids link for options available through Hillside United Methodist Church programs.

Hillside Preschool & Academy align with Cherokee County School District breaks, holidays and severe weather. There are additional times we are closed so be sure to check our calendar for a complete school schedule.