What makes The Preschool at High Hopes Development Center Unique?

A Truly Home-Grown ExperiencePreschool at High Hopes

High Hopes Development Center is proud to be very different than many “cookie cutter” preschools and child care facilities.  Because our center is not a franchise, but a non-profit organization, established by families in Middle Tennessee, we are able to tailor your child’s care specifically to your child’s needs.  All decisions affecting High Hopes and your child are made by professional child development experts, our well-educated and experienced teachers and highly-qualified pediatric therapy staff.

In January 2014, High Hopes Development Center moved into our new, state-of-the-art facility, our first permanent home after 30 years of serving the community. Our facility was designed to provide an appropriate sensory environment for all children.

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In 2000 and 2001, Tennessee launched an optional program, in which child care facilities can choose to participate, to give parents more information about the quality of care their children receive. The Star-Quality Program is part of this program. Star-Quality recognizes child care providers who meet a higher standard of quality. Each star shows that the provider meets increasingly higher standards, with three stars being the highest rating possible.

Since the inception of Tennessee’s Star-Quality Program, High Hopes is proud to have been awarded 3 Stars each year.

High Hopes was voted Best Day Care in Williamson County for 2013!

What is Inclusion and Why is it Important?Preschool at High Hopes

Inclusion, at High Hopes, is the practice of educating and involving children with special needs in classrooms and everyday activities of their typically-developing peers. We offer an equal opportunity to all children, regardless of developmental level, to receive the most beneficial academic, social, and life skills necessary for future success.

Our student body is made up of 60% students who are typically-developing and 40% children with a diagnosed special need, ranging from developmental delays and behavior struggles to Down syndrome, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy.

Inclusion helps to foster a role of leadership in many children, while encouraging others in their challenges, through positive peer encouragement. The preschool environment is beneficial for all children involved, as it models diversity and compassion, teaches that everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and embraces the meaning of true friendship.

Staff Qualifications

All classroom teachers are degreed or have a minimum of 10 years preschool teaching experience. All teachers receive an average of 30 training hours a year (state requirement is 18 training hours per year) to care for and educate your child to the highest ability.


The Preschool at High Hopes Development Center uses a variety of developmentally-appropriate curricula to build a foundation of learning in each classroom, which are then integrated into one cohesive academic track for all students throughout their time in the preschool. From birth through age 6, our students are nurtured and educated on every developmental level. Using research- and routine-based curricula, our teachers form the foundation for their teaching concepts. By aligning learning goals with state developmental standards, and enriching our days whenever possible, our classrooms provide an environment that is both engaging and stable for our students.

Class Sizes

For an optimum learning experience, High Hopes offers small class sizes, with lower student-to-teacher ratios in many of our classrooms than are required by the state of Tennessee, giving more individualized attention to your child.

Individualized Approach

Each child is given developmental screenings twice a year and a Kindergarten-readiness test before leaving for Kindergarten. These assessments help teachers to tailor your child’s learning experience to their individual strengths and needs. Because of the developmental nature of our preschool program, every child is welcomed at their current developmental level. With the aid of experienced teachers and the availability of on-site pediatric therapists, each child is motivated and challenged to fulfill their full potential. Parent-teacher conferences are also available to all families, in order to evaluate your child’s progress.

In addition to nurturing academic needs, High Hopes also gives attention to the physical and emotional well-being of your child, establishing daily routines for the best practices in eating, napping, and potty training.


High Hopes values the safety of your child. Our building is always protected by a password-based security system to monitor who drops off and picks up your child. Only authorized persons have access inside the hallways of our school.

Open Door Policy

We encourage you to be a part of your child’s preschool experience and welcome you in visiting your child at any time. Open dialogue between teachers and parents is also encouraged. Each day, you will receive a Daily Note that details the events and activities that your child participated in, as well as what the class is studying.

Flexible Scheduling Options

We offer a year-round program with an extended care option. High Hopes offers 5-, 3- and 2-day options for enrollment (M-F; M,W,F; & T, Th ). School day hours 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and extended care is offered 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Please call 615-661-5437 for any questions you may have regarding High Hopes’ Operating Schedule.

Enrichment Activities

Preschool at High HopesHigh Hopes seeks to prepare your child for future success through a broad range of experiences. Supplemental enrichment activities, include Do Re Play, music curriculum developed exclusively for High Hopes and offered twice each week to all classes.  Beginning in January 2015 children age 3 and up will receive instruction in Spanish one day per week. Once your child reaches the Pre-K classroom, Enrichment Activities are built into the day and designed to expand young students’ world view, cultural awareness, and extracurricular abilities, including but not limited to: Fitness, Music, Cooking, Computer Technology, World Cultures, and Art.

How to Get More Information

For more information about the High Hopes Preschool, call 615-661-5437 or email Linda Cairatti at Our staff will be happy to arrange a tour of our facility and take time to discuss with you your child's individual needs and goals.

High Hopes admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to student at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2. Special Needs All Access Night at Discovery Center

      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Great Americana BBQ Festival

      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    4. Special Saturdays at Christ Presbyterian Church

      September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    5. High Hopes Family Picnic

      September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    6. Free Autism Workshop at Vanderbilt

      September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    "Teachers & therapists love the work they do"

    Meet our Elle.  Born in June 2010, Elle was six weeks early and spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit learning to eat properly and gain weight.  At six months, we began noticing Elle was not meeting typical goals, like rolling over.  At 14 months, Elle still wasn't pulling up or talking, so we contacted Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) who said Elle had a Global Development Delay and recommended High Hopes.

    Elle began physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy weekly at High Hopes' Therapy Clinic at 16 months of age.  Shortly after, Elle began attending High Hopes' Preschool and ...

    Learning to "eat like a boss!" ~ Anaya

    Anaya came home from Arkansas at 15 months old.  She had the most vibrant personality and we were smitten with her immediately!  At 15 months, she had never eaten food orally, nor even knew what that required.  She had a feeding tube as her main source of nutrition.

    We had a friend recommend High Hopes and we began seeing a feeding therapist there.  The feeding therapist was so sweet and patient with us as we learned how to teach this phenomenon we call "eating."  We worked together empowering Anaya to do it and she made incredible improvement!  After 6 months at High Hopes Anaya became completely independent of the tube.  Within one year of  Anaya being home, she had her t...

    Miracles Delivered through High Hopes ~ Caleb

    Caleb was born a perfectly healthy little boy July 11, 2012.  Two weeks later our world was turned upside down when he developed bacterial meningitis.  This  journey resulted in a month-long stay at Vanderbilt and life-long effects for Caleb of significant frontal lobe brain damage and risk of seizures.

    Caleb is our little fighter and has always had several guardian angels watching over him.  We came home from the hospital with no idea whether our son would walk, talk, eat well, or function as a typically-developing child.  We only knew we wanted to provide him with the best resources possible.  We sincerely believe it was one of those guardian angels who led us to be introdu...

    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

    Our journey with High Hopes began in January 2006.  After relocating to Nashville, we were looking for a place for daycare and therapy for our then eight-month old daughter, Caroline, who was born with Down syndrome.  What we found in High Hopes was so much more.

    Because of its unique setting, High Hopes has provided Caroline with a nurturing and caring atmosphere where she not only has gone to school, but also has received the many therapies she needs to thrive.  It gave us the comfort of knowing she was being cared for by compassionate teachers and therapists in a safe environment.  It was important that what Caroline was learning and workin...

    From a tragic beginning to a hopeful future: Meet Grayson

    Grayson was born with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  His withdrawals were so severe, he was in the hospital for three and a half months and was considered one of the worst cases of withdrawals that the nurses at Vanderbilt had ever seen.   As a result of his birth circumstances, Grayson often experienced respiratory distress and was diagnosed as significantly developmentally delayed.

    At 7 months, Grayson began receiving Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapies at The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes.  His therapists encouraged and supported the family while working to overcome so many obstacles and celebrated alongside them when they were...

    Meet Hatcher

    Hatcher, Stories of HopeHigh Hopes changes lives. My son, Hatcher, came to High Hopes at age one with Down syndrome and leukemia, unable to walk or talk. As a divorced mom with the responsibility of two older children and a baby that required multiple treatments and medical appointments, I could not work outside our home and applied for food stamps just to feed my children.

    When we arrived at High Hopes, we found help,...

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