West Michigan’s Favorite Daycare Centers

When I was in the search for a daycare facility while pregnant with my first child, I found myself constantly asking everyone I knew what daycare center their kids went to and if they loved it. A recommendation from a fellow parent was worth its weight in gold to me.

Earlier this year, parents voted on their favorite places to play and live life in greater Grand Rapids. Parents told us the most loved daycare facilities in the area, so if you are also in the hunt for a great daycare center, here are some recommendations from parents just like you.

NOTE: We do recognize that there are many in-home facilities offering FANTASTIC child care in our area as well. As these facilities are usually quite small, it did not work to include them in the city & region-wide voting that took place to compile these results- that is why this article focuses on daycare centers. Look for an upcoming article on In-home Daycares and why some families choose this option.

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Top-Rated Grand Rapids Daycare Centers

Our list is filled with parent-recommended daycare centers throughout Grand Rapids.  (Please note that Grand Rapids Kids has not vetted any of these daycares and is simply sharing results of a poll of local parents.)

Grandtastic Grand Rapids award winners

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool

AppleTree & Gilden Woods was voted by our readers as the TOP daycare in greater Grand Rapids!

 

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Adventures Learning Centers

3710 29th St. Kentwood MI 49512 | 616-301-2030 | FACEBOOK – CALEDONIA | FACEBOOK – KENTWOOD

“We have had both our children enrolled at Adventures Learning Center in Portage, Michigan for the past six years.  It is due to the safe, caring and structured environment they offer that we have remained loyal to this center.  The care they have received from the staff of the center is second to none.” The Feltch Family

The journey down the road to kindergarten is full of adventures, exploration, new discoveries, investigations, problem solving, and curiosity! While there is no exact formula to determine if your child is truly ready for kindergarten, there are multiple steps we use to help prepare them, with your help! All children learn at different levels. Young children learn so fast that while they may not be able to do something one week, their skills may grow a couple of weeks later.

Our kindergarten readiness begins in the earliest years (Infant, Wobbler, Waddler and Toddler Rooms) and builds each year into our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms (Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow Rooms) that prepare children for success in school. With this program, we are confident that each child will have an early education foundation that instills confidence, knowledge and self-assurance; giving them the building blocks for success and a lifelong love of learning.

Preschoolers are independent and eager learners. Our philosophy, supported by current research, is that preschoolers learn best by “doing,” or through interactive play in an environment that is rich in experiences and exploratory opportunities. In the Preschool and Pre-K classrooms, each day has a schedule that includes group times (circle time, story time, etc.) as well as center or child choice time. The planned activities encourage language development, mathematical reasoning and scientific thought.

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TOP 10 – Favorite Daycares Around West Michigan

  1. AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool | Centers located in Cascade (2 centers), Grandville/Wyoming, Holland, Hudsonville, Kentwood, NE Grand Rapids, Rockford, Grand Rapids (3 centers), Standale/Allendale and Walker (2 centers)
  2. Milestones Child Development Center | Centers located in Belmont, Caledonia and Cascade
  3. Rainbow Child Care Center | Centers located in Allendale, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Holland, NE Grand Rapids, and Walker
  4. Big Steps, Little Feet Christian Childcare & Preschool | 7030 Fulton | St E | Ada, MI 49301
  5. Orchard Hill Christian Preschool & Childcare Center | 1465 3 Mile Rd NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49544
  6. Spartan Stores YMCA Child Development Center | 5722 Metro Way | Wyoming, MI 49519
  7. (TIE) Freedom Early Learning Center | 2616 Port Sheldon St | # C |Jenison, MI 49428
  8. (TIE) Adventures Learning Centers Child Care | Centers located in Caledonia and Kentwood
  9. (TIE) Tutor Time | Centers located in Cascade, Grand Rapids and Jenison
  10. Treehouse Childcare | Various locations within Grandville Public Schools

SEE ALSO: 6 Reasons Families Love in-Home Daycares

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By | 2017-08-11T10:07:43+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Categories: Grandtastic Award, Parent Info, Parenting Resources|Tags: , |5 Comments

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  1. Walter Morang August 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    While some offer progressive curriculums and the latest advancements for preschools, others are more intimate daycare centers that take a more relaxed approach to childcare.

  2. sally hulbert July 24, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    This is what 3 of my childcare clients have shared with me: “Personally, I preferred to choose a licensed childcare home based setting that was listed with the Great Start to Quality 3-star level. In-home licensed childcare is much more personable than a center based setting “

    • Melody V
      Melody V August 1, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Hello Sally,

      As I mentioned in a different comment on this post- This article on daycare centers was specifically focused on centers only- as it was the result of voting in our Grandtastic awards. (In home centers are not large enough to make sense in a voting contest.)

      We highlighted Great Start to Quality earlier in May in this article: http://grkids.com/great-start-to-quality-child-care/
      Also, we are working on an article about in-home care options. It’s scheduled for Sept 2. If you have any info to contribute, please let us know.

  3. Megan July 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I highly encourage you to include licensed home care as both favorite and highly qualified child care in Grand Rapids. You are doing the community, which is needs more affordable care available, a disservice by not including this professional group. If you would like more information, contact Kent Resource Center @ greatstarttoquality.org.

    • Melody V
      Melody V August 1, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Hello Megan,
      This post on daycare centers was specifically focused on centers only- as it was the result of voting in our Grandtastic awards. (In home centers are not large enough to make sense in a voting contest.)

      We highlighted Great Start to Quality earlier in May in this article: http://grkids.com/great-start-to-quality-child-care/
      Also, we are working on an article about in-home care options. It’s scheduled for Sept 2. Let us know if you have info to contribute. Thanks!

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