Ruby's Academy

Ruby's Academy Preschool and Childcare offers educational services to residents of Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas. Ruby's Academy Preschool & Childcare addresses the educational needs of children six weeks to five years in the Mount Pleasant area.

The center is known for its nurturing environment and high quality educational standards. We pride ourselves on producing strong thinkers and life-long learners.

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We are so touched and grateful to have Miss Ruby’s legacy shared! ❤️ Thank you so much East Cooper Community Outreach for including us and our founder in your campaign during Black History Month! We know Miss Ruby would be so proud!

Each Friday in February, ECCO will celebrate Black History Month by honoring individuals from the East Cooper communities. Today, we're celebrating the life and impact of Ms. Ruby Middleton Forsythe.

Born in Mount Pleasant in 1905, she graduated high school from Laing, earned her license of education from the Avery Institute, and her BS from South Carolina State College. While she began her teaching career at Laing School, she moved to Pawleys Island in 1938 to begin teaching in a one-room school, the only educational facility available to Black people on the island. Affectionately known as "Miss Ruby", she taught for more than six decades, through the Jim Crow era, and through constant harassment from the Ku Klux Klan. Forsythe summed up her legacy to education and to the people of the island where she taught by affirming that she sowed "the best seed into whatever soil we come into contact with, watching the growth, and the reproduction of the product sent forth."

Over her lifetime, Miss Ruby received four honorary doctorates for the impact she made in the lives of children throughout the Grand Strand and East Cooper communities.



When the clock strikes 12 and the Ruby’s bell rings, make a wish for a healthy, hopeful new year! 🛎❤️ Happy New Year!


There is no better time spent than with family! ❤️ We are cherishing these times spent with loved ones and wish you all a wonderful holiday season!


With big smiles, open hearts and warm wishes, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas with loved ones! ❤️


We may not see a lot of snow in the Lowcountry, but we’re ready for cozy fires, hot chocolate and Christmas music! ☕️ 🎶🎄 Welcome, winter!


From ornaments, jingle bells and advent calendars to countdown to Christmas, these jolly crafts for kids are the best way to get into the holiday spirit! 🎄



Meet Hope Wade! 🌟 Teaching the older 2’s, she’s been at Ruby's Academy since 2009 and is looking forward to a year of learning and growing!


The health and safety of our families and children are our first priority! We are taking several steps to ensure Ruby's Academy is a safe environment for you and your children during the school year along with following all protocol and guidelines in place by the CDC. ✔️ Head to to learn more!


Small class sizes, big hearts! ❤️ Thank you for the review, David!


Christmas may look a little different this year, but don’t worry! Santa has a plan! 🎅 With thanks to the US Postal Service for carrying out their 108 tradition of Operation Santa, letters will be sure to get to him and Mrs. Clause before the big day! 💌 Send yours to Santa Claus 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888 in now through Dec. 19!



Meet Pat Brown! 🌟 With several degrees in child care, she’s taught in the Charleston County School District for 35 years and loves to teach our 3 year olds social emotional learning skills!


Turn on the oven, roll out the dough and get ready to bake! 🍪 It’s National Cookie Day and the perfect way to welcome December by sharing or sending delicious treats with neighbors, family and friends!


We’re back at Ruby’s after a wonderful little break with our family! 🌟 There is still time to sign up for our new after-school program filled with games, snacks and playtime outside! Have a question about care? ❤️ Give us a call or contact us at


We will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving. Enjoy this time with your loved ones! ❤️


Plan your Thanksgiving dinner with your kids! 🦃 Epicurious has some great recipes the whole family can enjoy making (and eating!) together:


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Our new Ruby’s classrooms are clean and ready for fun! 🔖 Have you signed up for a tour to see our new facility? Contact us today!


With temps winding down, we can all enjoy playing in the leaves, pumpkin patches and hayrides. 🍂 What is your family’s go-to fall favorite?


We know a lot of parents have become teachers the past few months and we appreciate your commitment to your kids learning and growth! ❤️ Ruby’s teachers and staff are always here if you need a little extra support!


Our after-school program is back! 🌟 With our new Ruby’s school bus available to pick up from neighboring schools, join us for learning, activities and fun outside in our new play area!


Families who read together, succeed together! 📚 Snuggle in for a few extra books tonight on National Family Literacy Day!


From superheroes to Spongebob, make face masks a fun costume element while staying safe and having fun this Halloween! 🤡👽👺


If you’re taking advantage of cooler weather and have gone pumpkin picking, we want to see! 🎃 Tag us in your Pumpkin Pics for some holiday fun!


Our Ruby’s Academy motto we love and live by! ❤️


We know parents have taken on more responsibility this year and we are always here to help! ❤️ Whether you’re navigating a new learning, working and parenting routine, check out these top tips for a successful digital learning transition!


Have you heard? 📣 Ruby’s After-School Program is back! Children will be picked up from area schools and enjoy time together in our new facility doing homework, activities and building friendships. ❤️ Register up today!


At Ruby’s Academy, we believe in small class sizes and a family-centered approach to create a truly special learning environment for our children! ❤️ Read more about how we got started and what makes us one-of-a-kind!


We love reading your reviews for Ruby’s Academy! ❤️ Every child and family is special to us and we are happy to provide a space where all are welcome!


It’s National School Lunch Week and we’re serving up some tasty resources on our website like our monthly menu! 🥦🍇🥨 Check out the healthy and delicious options available each month on our website:


Is your child asking more questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Why they need to wear masks in public? Why they might not be able to see some friends or family? 😷 Check out these tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to have these important conversations with your family and little ones:


How has one month flown by since the first day back to school? 💥 It’s been a great start to the school year over at Ruby’s and sharing some of our favorite moments!


A healthy child is a happy child! 🍓 On National Child Health Day, we are here to help children grow healthy and strong. From the food they eat to the words they hear, children require support and opportunities to grow. We do just that at Ruby’s Academy! Head to our website to learn more:


Charleston Moms

October is here! What will you and your family be doing this month? 🍂

📅 October is chock full of fun virtual and in-person events for the whole family!

What's going on your calendar?


Are you ready for fall in the Lowcountry? We sure are! 🍂 Check out these outdoor family-friendly activities from Macaroni Kid Charleston to add to your family calendar!


With fall in full swing, we’re ready for the temps to cool down and pumpkin picking! 🍂🎃 What are some of your favorite Lowcountry fall activities with the family?

Our Story

Ruby’s Academy Childcare and Preschool opened in 2008 by Mrs. Vaudrien Forsythe Ray. Mrs. Ray is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ruby Middleton Forsythe (“Miss Ruby”), a noted educator who taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina during the Jim Crow era. Miss Ruby’s son, Burns Forsythe, worked for the Charleston County School District for nearly 30 years and served on the school board for more than four years. Mrs. Ray continues the same commitment to education as her past two generations. She has a masters degree in education and education has always played a significant role in her family. Both Mrs. Ray and her husband William come from families of educators who taught in South Carolina schools.

Since entering the childcare industry, Mrs. Ray has been committed to providing exceptional services to the families who entrust her with the care of their child. Together, with her husband William, Mrs. Ray ensures that the atmosphere at Ruby’s Academy is warm and professional while encouraging independence, problem-solving, positive self-esteem and the development of critical thinking skills.

Ruby’s Academy is designed to accommodate children from the ages of 8 weeks through 5 years-old, as well as an after-school program. The staff is dedicated to teaching and caring for all children, utilizing modern techniques and sound Christian values. Ruby’s Academy is provides the highest quality of care by providing developmentally appropriate instruction, character development, nutrition education, physical education, and Spanish instruction. In addition, annual assessments are conducted to determine each child’s educational progress. Mr. and Mrs. Ray are determined to continue Miss Ruby’s legacy by offering the best possible childcare in Mount Pleasant.

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1141 Di**le Rd
Mount Pleasant, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 6pm
Tuesday 7am - 6pm
Wednesday 7am - 6pm
Thursday 7am - 6pm
Friday 7am - 6pm
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