West Michigan’s Favorite Daycare Centers

When I was searching for a daycare facility while pregnant with my first child, I constantly asked 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 recommendations from parents just like you.

Love this list? Check out our full report on all the local things that families love here.

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. 

DAYCARE CENTERS

TOP DAYCARE CENTER

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care & Preschool

Providing high quality childcare and early education in a safe, nurturing environment. Visit your child anytime online using the AppleCam and receive daily activity reports online, in real-time, via our AppleGram. We enhance your child’s experience with music, technology, foreign language, gymnastics, and S.T.E.M. enrichment opportunities all included in your tuition.

• Breton Village – 616-957-1023
• Caledonia – 616-891-2776
• Cascade – 616-726-5000
• Cascade Young 5’s and School Age – 616-719-4401
• Grand Rapids – 616-447-7837
• Grandville/Wyoming – 616-531-4252
• Holland – 616-393-6525
• Hudsonville – 616-662-4222
• Kentwood – 616-530-6400
• Knapp Corner – 616-364-0543
• Rockford – 616-874-5437
• Standale/Allendale – 616-805-9335
• Walker East  – 616-481-3811
• Walker West – 616-735-4600
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“We are so pleased with the level of care our daughter receives at AppleTree. She has learned so much in the past 2 years she’s attended and has grown to become such a smart and independent girl. We love knowing she is in a safe environment and is not only learning academic skills but personal skills as well.” -Parent at AppleTree and Gilden Woods

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More winners…

1- AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care & Preschool

2- Milestones Child Development Center

3- Big Steps Little Feet (Ada)

4- Orchard Hill Christian Preschool & Child Care

5- YMCA – Spartan Stores

6- The Goddard School For Early Child Development

7- Adventures Learning Centers

8- Childtime Learning Centers

9- Tutor Time

10- Rainbow Child Care Center of Grand Rapids

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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

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

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8720 Broadmoor Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316 | 4533 Cascade AVE Grand Rapids, MI 49456
616-536-2520 | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

Milestones Child Development Center is a locally owned company that opened in August of 2005 and has grown to 4 locations with centers in Cascade, Caledonia, Rockford (Belmont) and Portage. Milestones focuses on family relationships and a learning through play philosophy that highlights hands-on activities and child centered environments.

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By |2018-08-09T20:58:15+00:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: Grandtastic Award, Parent Info, Parenting Resources|Tags: , |5 Comments

About the Author:

Jen Cassel
Jen is a homeschooling hockey mom of one daughter and two sons. Open for new adventures, she is a former Montessorian turned fitness instructor who loves making tasty treats for her family and friends. Jen returned to West Michigan after 20 years in Florida, where she and her husband enjoy exploring Grand Rapids.

5 Comments

  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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