Greater Grand Rapids Childcare Guide

Finding Quality Childcare is a Big Task

If you’re a parent looking to find part-time or full-time childcare in Greater Grand Rapids, start here! We’ve got information on Daycare and Learning Centers as well as Nanny Agencies.

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.

This childcare guide is brought to you by AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool.

Childcare Centers in Greater Grand Rapids

AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool


We are proud to partner with Grand Rapids Kids to bring you the 2016 Childcare Guide!

At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we provide high quality, educational child care and preschool for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old in a safe, inviting environment. Children are encouraged to learn and develop socially, emotionally, and academically at their own pace. Our caring, experienced teachers are dedicated to discovering and nurturing each child’s unique abilities.

The AppleCam®, our secure webcam system, allows parents to “visit” their child’s classroom anytime during the day using a computer or mobile device. Parents receive AppleGram® daily reports that recap their child’s day and are viewable online in real-time.

Our approach is a combination of industry-respected curriculum and proprietary learning tools that meet all domains of development necessary for a quality, educational early childhood experience to prepare children for Kindergarten Readiness. We maintain rigorous quality standards to ensure building and child safety, curriculum, programming, and staff training requirements are continually being met. Quality assessment reviews are conducted three times a year.

Before- and after-school care, as well as spring break, winter holiday, and summer day camps, are offered for school age children. Transportation to and from local elementary schools is available at select schools.

Weekly enrichment programs are included in tuition and include Music, Fitness, Spanish, S.T.E.M., and Computer classes. Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for parents to get involved by participating in activities such as our annual Spring Carnival, educational parent workshops, picnics, Field Day, and more.


Breton Village | Cascade | Grandville | Holland | Hudsonville | Kentwood | Knapp Corner | Monroe | Rockford | Standale | Walker EastWalker West

Goddard Logo - Full Color (jpg)The Goddard School offers the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. Children discover that learning is fun! The Goddard School offers a play-based learning program to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure children become confident, joyful and fully prepared students. The Goddard School introduces STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) to help children develop a strong foundation for their future educations.


Cascade | 1544 Macnider Road SE | Grand Rapids
Southwest | 5820 Bayberry Farms Drive SW | Grandville


Nationally Accredited Preschool and Child Care Program serving the North West community for over 35 years!

A day “On the Hill” includes Zoophonics, Creative Curriculum, two large gym areas, a huge outdoor playground, Christian Education and all meals!


1465 Three Mile Rd NW | Grand Rapids, MI


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 giant playground. As part of WSCS’s partnership with Blandford Nature Center, Little Sprouts grows and harvests their own snacks in WSCS’s onsite garden, from which they also harvest fresh produce for sale at the summer farm stand that Little Sprouts runs.

Field trips and special events are scheduled during Christmas, spring, and summer vacations.

As part of the larger WSCS community, Little Sprouts attend all-school chapel, 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, with WSCS and Little Sprouts staff overseeing passing time and lunch. Featuring before and after school care and innovative Flex Care options. Year-round, quality, Christian child care for children ages 2 ½ and up.

Search WSCS’s Facebook page using “Little Sprouts” for pictures and video, and schedule your visit by contacting the school’s main office or website.


955 Westend NW | Grand Rapids, MI


Northlight Nannies provides childcare services in your own home.

Offering part-time, full-time or on-call care, we specialize in custom-fit care for your family. After a detailed meeting to learn about your nanny needs, we take care of the nanny interviews and background screening to find a great match for your family.  We also provide back-up nanny care if your primary nanny is unavailable. We are a local company serving the greater Grand Rapids for the last 5 years.

Contact us to learn more.


2600 Five Mile Rd NE | Grand Rapids, MI

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  • Aldersgate Center for Child Development
  • Alphabet Soup Daycare Center
  • AuPairCare
  • Baxter Child Development Center
  • Bright Horizons at Spectrum
  • Caledonia YMCA Child Development Center
  • Canaanland Child Development Center
  • Cascade Christian Church Child Development Center
  • Childtime Learning Centers
  • Creative Kids Day Care
  • 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 Child Care Center
  • Grand Valley State University Children’s Enrichment Center
  • Grandville Public Schools Treehouse Child Care
  • Hill Child Development Center
  • Immanuel St. James Lutheran Early Childhood Center
  • Kenowa Hills Public Schools Daycare & Learning Center
  • Kiddie Academy of Holland
  • Lakeshore Little People’s Place
  • Little Smiles Bilingual Day Care
  • Mayfair Christian Daycare
  • Milestones Child Development Center
  • Playful Garden Daycare
  • Rainbow Child Care Center
  • Spartan Stores YMCA Child Development Center
  • Trinity Day Care
  • Tutor Time
  • Whistle Stop Child Development
  • YMCA Child Development Center at Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids
  • Zeeland Public Schools Z-KIDS Childcare

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