Finding Quality Childcare is a Big Task

One of the biggest struggles for working parents is finding safe, quality childcare.

Thankfully, we have many choices for quality care in West Michigan! You can find childcare centers that have been around for decades, that provide enrichment classes, and that can even offer spiritual guidance for your children.

If you’re a parent looking to find part-time or full-time childcare in Greater Grand Rapids, start your search here!

It is the user’s responsibility to thoroughly investigate and research potential childcare providers. While we only list childcare options that claim to be licensed, we do not ask for proof of licensing to be in this guide. Inclusion in this guide does not indicate endorsement by Grand Rapids Kids is providing this Childcare Guide for informational purposes only.

Grand Rapids Child Care Options

For nearly 30 years The Goddard School® has been a trusted name among parents and families. Our classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children six weeks to six years, offering age-appropriate opportunities to explore and discover.

At the two Goddard School locations in Grand Rapids, our play-based F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) is grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. It’s designed to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure each child becomes confident, joyful and fully prepared in school and in life.


Cascade | 1544 Macnider Road SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-954-7550
Southwest | 5820 Bayberry Farms Drive SW | Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-202-2777

We provide quality childcare and early education in a safe, nurturing environment for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old.

Every school maintains high quality standards to ensure child safety, curriculum, and programming requirements are being met. Families can “visit” their child on the secure AppleCam® system. They also receive daily AppleGram® reports recapping their child’s day.

Children enjoy our weekly enrichment classes, included in tuition, where they experience music, fitness, Spanish, S.T.E.M. and technology.

Before and after care is also available, as well as spring, summer, and winter camps for school-age children.


Breton Village | CaledoniaCascade | Cascade-School AgeGrandville/Wyoming | Holland | Hudsonville | Kentwood | Knapp Corner | Monroe Ave | Rockford | Standale/Allendale | Walker EastWalker West

Get the best for your child, search for licensed child care and preschools near you using Quality ratings are listed, easy button to view licensing reports and tons of parent tips.

Here’s what to expect from a Star rated program:
– Safe, healthy indoor and outdoor spaces for children to explore.
– Family involvement in the program and excellent communications.
– A variety of hands-on learning opportunities and materials.
– Tracking of children’s growth and development to measure milestones.
– Care which promotes acceptance, respect and understanding of diversity.
– Staff that attend trainings and know about child development.


Kent ISD | 2930 Knapp NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 1-877-614-7328


Celebrating our 37th school year! Come and see how this Nationally Accredited center has been blessing families of children from 2 1/2 to 12 years old for all of these years. Your child can experience life “On the Hill” with us this year!

Parent Testimonial: “My kids have gone to Orchard Hill since they were 3 and 4 years old. Our oldest will be in 5th grade in the fall. We have done preschool, pre-K, summer daycare, and now latch key after school care. I can’t say enough good things about Orchard Hill! It feels like a second home to our kids.”


1465 Three Mile Rd NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49544 | 616-784-4061

West Side Christian School (WSCS) roots and grows children, including our Little Sprouts friends, in Jesus Christ and the Bible.

Little Sprouts learn and play in WSCS’s onsite nature preserve, Playscape (Nature Preschool’s outdoor classroom), and massive playground. Field trips and special events are scheduled throughout the year. As part of the larger WSCS community, Little Sprouts attend all-school chapels, host guest readers from elementary classrooms, and frequently cheer on WSCS middle school teams at home sporting events.

Little Sprouts can also attend onsite preschool, Nature Preschool, or Young 5s programs in conjunction with Little Sprouts Child Care. Featuring before and after school care and summer care options. Year-round, quality, Christian child care for children ages 2 and up.


955 Westend NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-453-3925

  • Adventures Learning Centers Child Care
  • Aldersgate Center for Child Development
  • Alphabet Soup Daycare Center
  • AuPairCare
  • Baxter’s Child Development Center
  • Bright Horizons at Spectrum
  • Caledonia YMCA Child Development Center
  • Cascade Christian Church Child Development Center
  • Childtime Learning Centers
  • David D Hunting YMCA Child Development Center
  • Everyday Wonders Educare
  • Explore and Grow Christian Learning Center
  • Generations Child Development Center at Mary Free Bed YMCA
  • Grand Rapids Community College Early Childhood Programs/Center
  • Grand Valley State University Children’s Enrichment Center
  • Grandville Public Schools Treehouse Child Care
  • Hill Child Development Center/Bethlehem Intergenerational Center
  • Immanuel St. James Lutheran Early Childhood Center
  • Kenowa Hills Public Schools Daycare & Learning Center
  • Lakeshore Little People’s Place
  • Little Smiles Daycare
  • Mayfair Christian Daycare
  • Milestones Child Development Center
  • The Playful Garden Child Care
  • Rainbow Child Care Center
  • Spartan Stores YMCA Child Development Center
  • Tutor Time
  • Whistle-Stop Child Development Center
  • YMCA Child Development Center at Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids
  • Zeeland Public Schools Z-KIDS Childcare

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