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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  1. Erica Sperring November 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a daycare center for my 2 almost 3 year old son. I would need something Monday through Friday from 7:30-8am until 5-5:30pm. Any suggestions let me know

  2. Upcoming Program at Trinity United Methodist Church on “How to talk to your children about death” presented by Ele’s Place of Grand Rapids. This FREE program is on June 1st from 6-8 pm (dinner included) at Trinity UMC (1100 Lake DR SE GR 49506). To register or have questions please email [email protected]. Registration closes May 27th, limited space available.

  3. Christina W December 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Hello! I’m moving to GR end of January and looking for a great home daycare for my 2 1/2 year old son. Please help!t

  4. toria December 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    looking for daycare, foe 11 month old boy. pick up and drop off. 6am-10pm. TIA

  5. shatarra November 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Hello I have a 2year old that needs childcare 3 maybe 4 days a week first shift

    • shatarra November 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Potty trained well behaved need asap

  6. Sarah L November 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Hello all!

    I will be licensed for at-home daycare as of January 2016! I am located in the NE side of Grand Rapids and am seeking to fill 2 more spots, kids over 30 months of age (2 are currently filled). I have a very competitive rate and am open 7am-6pm weekdays. Thanks for considering!

    • Meghan December 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Relocating for work and this timeline aligns perfectly! We’re interested, need care for our two little ones over the age requirement. Can you please contact me via email if there are still openings?

    • Christina W December 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Do u still have any openings? I’m interested!

    • Samantha Reinhard February 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Hello there. I have a 2 year old & a 4 year old that I am in need of a daycare provider for. My needs would be part time with a rotating schedule as follows;
      Week A: Monday, Tuesday & Friday
      Week B: Wednesday & Thursday.

      Please let me know if you are able to accommodate my needs, I appreciate your time.

    • Danielle smith October 29, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      May I have your contact info? I am currently looking for in home day care for my 9 month old

  7. Jennifer Elkowitz via Facebook November 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    If you can not afford preschool for your child, please contact me and I will give you some information on free preschool

  8. Jen Laban via Facebook November 2, 2015 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Please make sure they are licensed and that have a clean, safe environment. It may help to do random, surprise drop ins to visit to make sure it’s not just a “glorified babysitter” and that the owner is actually taking wonderful care of your child and following the guidelines needed to enhance their development skills.

  9. Missy Pendock Sturim via Facebook November 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Tammi Johnson

  10. Amy Dutcher via Facebook November 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Lynsay Troupe-Davis

  11. Amanda Holbert via Facebook November 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Lauren Nowak

  12. Rachael October 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I am currently looking for day care four to five days a week from 8 to 330/4pm. My son is eight months old. We live in the comstock park area.

  13. QUIONNA KING October 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply


  14. Christie September 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am a licensed daycare provider in Grandville. I have some openings. Feel free to contact me for further info.

  15. Holly Newman-Deaton via Facebook September 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

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  16. Elise Saneford September 30, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    My husband and I are the proud parents of a bubbly 9 month old. We recently moved to the Cedar Springs/Greenville area and are looking for part time daycare 3-4 days a week. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  17. Angelique Williams September 18, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Hi everyone, I am looking for affordable before care for my 6 yr old. I have to go to work at 6am. as well as daycare for my 2 yr old who isnt yet potty trained.

  18. Toni Hoyle September 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I’m currently interested in having interviews set up for the care of my newborn son. He has a due date of December 1st, though who really knows when he will decide to arrive. Before I get caught up in preparing for his arrival I’d like to have his childcare all set. I will need someone Monday- Thursday 2pm to midnight. I prefer that he is not around cats because I have an allergy to them. If there is anyone interested please contact me.

  19. Heather August 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    I am a soon to be licensed daycare provider on the NE side of Grand Rapids. We live near Riverside park. My hours will be 7:30-5:00 Monday-Wednesday. I am a former Kindergarten and preschool teacher. I have worked with children for 20 years. I have an Associates and Bachelors degree in Child Development, Human Development and Education. Please contact me if you’re interested. My licensing will be complete October 1st.

    • Cassy September 21, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Hi! Do you currently have any openings for babysitting? I am looking for just a couple hours every weekday afternoon for my 2 toddlers as my husband’s and my work shifts overlap. If so, please email me! [email protected]. Thanks! -Cassy

    • Rachael October 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      I am currently looking for day care in the area. Please contact me if you have openings.

    • Kelly October 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Hi Heather! Do you happen to have any opening For two girls Tuesday’s & Thursday’s?

    • Lucy Fuhrmann November 20, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Any openings for a 17 month old?

  20. Tom August 10, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Hi, I am looking for part-time day care for my toddler son. Can you recommend any licensed home care providers either on the NE or SE side close in?

  21. Sarah August 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a daycare that has availability for my 2 and 4yr old. I work as a Registered Nurse On-Call and don’t have a set schedule. I live in Belmont and work at Spectrum so would like to find a place that would be on my way to work that opens at 6-630. The problem that I am running into is that I only need daycare a handful of times a month…

  22. Lisa June 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I am in need of day care for my 7 mo. old and for my soon to be 6 yr old. I only need childcare for the summer for my 6yr old. Would like provider to be in the NE/NW area. Thank you!

  23. Melissa June 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    I am in desperate need of child care. I hv a 8m.old and a 2 yr old ima single mom i work full time. I live on the west side and work on the n.w. i dont drive so i wuld need something close or someone who is willing to pick up kids. If anyone can help or lead me in the right direction.. Thank u in advance

  24. brianna June 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a babysitter first shift 7:30-4:00. I take the bus so transportation would be a plus. Please email for further information.

  25. Kelly Julien February 12, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Was just wondering what the going rate fora weekend sitters is??? 2 children ages 15 and 11 who are basically self sufficient and a dog and cat in your own home.

  26. Mandy Dieleman August 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    My name is Mandy Dieleman and I am looking for excellent in home childcare for my 5 month old. I am a Kindergarten teacher and will be going back to work full time starting September 2. Please let me know if you are in the Alger Heights area or not far from Alger Heights!!

    • Riaka S. January 23, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Mandy,
      I am looking for in-home childcare for my 5 month old as well. Did you happen to find an excellent place? Please share if you can…thanks!

    • Anad September 30, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Lucky Duck Child Care is an in home licensed program designed specifically around teacher schedules. Please like my Facebook page for updates or visit Openings for 0-17 month and 18+ month available now.

    • Anad September 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Lucky Duck Child Care is an in home licensed program designed specifically around teacher schedules. Please like my Facebook page for updates or visit Openings for 0-17 month and 18+ month available now.

  27. Tiffany May 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    There is a new sitter co-op site where you can trade for child care instead of pay for child care.

  28. Susie Satsky March 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I am looking for child care facilities in Greenville. Can anyone assist in leading me in the right direction. I googled it but several numbers are disconnected so I am not sure what facilities are in that area.

    • Teresa Vandelier July 17, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Dear Ms. Satsky,
      I am a licensed family home childcare provider in Belding. If you are still in need of child care, please feel free to review my information on the Great Start Connect Website at You may reach me at 616-389-4009 with any questions you have. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  29. Joni Stiling October 29, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I am located in the Kentwood area at 5673 Christie Ave SE and have an in home childcare. Please check out my website and feel free to list me on here!! I offer childcare for birth-14 I am open 6am-6pm and have my degree in Child Development. My number is 616-635-6586 🙂

    Thank you

    Joni Stiling

  30. Elizabeth Wise August 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply


    I am a 24 year old Grand Rapids native who considers herself to be a professional nanny. I am not registered with any agencies, however I have worked in childcare since 2007 and since then have been a nanny for 6 families! I would be a stay-at-home-mom if I could, but until the Lord blesses me with that venture, I choose to work as a nanny.

    If you would like to contact me for your childcare needs, feel free to email me at [email protected].

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