The Acorn School

The Acorn School provides early childhood care and education to children ages six weeks to six years old. Open to children of Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students, the Acorn School is operated by Vanderbilt University’s Child and Family Center and is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Children of the program in a cooking class


Play is essential to children’s health and well-being, and foundational to children’s construction of knowledge. Our programs reflect that research-based understanding. We provide a “Whole Child” (mind, body, spirit) approach to early childhood care and education.


  • Our centers are open 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, weekdays, year-round.

  • Closures are in alignment with the Vanderbilt University holiday calendar unless otherwise noted.

  • View specific hours for the childcare program and kindergarten program.


Childcare Program

Daily childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years focused on building knowledge through play, hands-on experiences, peer interactions, and exploring nature.

Owls Kindergarten

Our developmental kindergarten provides a collaborative environment building on children’s interests, needs and strengths to develop and spark the individual child’s creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Contact Us

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