This information is updated for the 2016-17 preschool year.

PRESCHOOLS for Grand Rapids Kids and Beyond

It may feel like the school year just started, but it is already time to begin thinking about next year’s plans for school. Many preschools begin enrollment for next year in January. Whether this is your first child going off to school or your fifth, there are several factors to consider in making this important decision. Our Preschool Guide has everything you’ll need–program details, open house schedules, and even a map pinpointing the preschools featured in our Guide.

Sometimes the hardest part of this process is not even in picking the school, but in determining if your kiddo needs another year of preschool or if she is ready to start Kindergarten. Want some help in making this decision? Check out our interview with a local Kindergarten teacher to find out what Kindergarten readiness looks like.

If cost is another big factor in your preschool decision, did you know that some kids will qualify for FREE preschool? There are programs in our area that offer this income-based preschool to children, built on certain factors. Below, you’ll find links to these Head Start Programs and Great Start Readiness programs in your area.

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January 12, 2017

Children's Workshop Preschool Open House for the 2017-2018 School Year
Children’s Workshop Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Legacy Christian Early Childhood Open House
Legacy Christian School –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Community Open House
Mayflower Congregational Church and Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

NorthPointe Christian Schools Preschool and Elementary Learning Lab
NorthPointe Christian Elementary School –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

January 16, 2017

St. Mark Preschool Open House
St.Mark Preschool –  Kentwood at 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

AppleTree PreSchool Open House
AppleTree Learning Center-Knapp’s Corner –  Grand Rapids at 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

January 17, 2017

Learning Ship Christian Preschool Open House
Learning Ship Christian Preschool –  Hudsonville at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Northwest Co-op Preschool Open House
Northwest Co-op Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lamont Christian Early Education Open House
Lamont Christian School –  Coopersville at 6:30 pm

Rockford Christian School Preschool and Kindergarten Open House
Rockford Christian –  Rockford at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

January 19, 2017

AppleTree K-Prep Preschool Open House
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool – Hudsonville –  Hudsonville at 5:00 pm

Hudsonville Christian Early Childhood Exploration Night
Hudsonville Christian School –  Hudsonville at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Grand Rapids Christian Schools Preschool & Kindergarten Open House
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary Iroquois Campus –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

PreKindergarten Open House
–   at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

January 20, 2017

Kindergarden Prep Open House
–   at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

January 24, 2017

Messiah Lutheran Preschool Open House
Messiah Lutheran Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grand Rapids Christian Schools Preschool & Kindergarten Open House
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary Evergreen Campus –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

January 25, 2017

Appletree Preschool Open House
–   at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

AnchorPoint Christian Early Childhood OPEN HOUSE--Preschool & Kindergarten
AnchorPoint Christian Preschool –  Wyoming at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

January 26, 2017

NorthPointe Christian Schools Preview Day
NorthPointe Christian Elementary School –  Grand Rapids at 8:00 am

AppleTree K-Prep Preschool Open House
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool – Cascade –  Grand Rapids at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

AppleTree Preschool Open House
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool -Rockford –  Rockford at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Mark Preschool STEM Night and Open House
St. Mark Preschool –  Kentwood at 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

January 31, 2017

Polka Dot Garden Early Childhood Evenings
Polka Dot Garden Preschools –  Grandville at 7:00 pm

February 1, 2017

Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School Preschool/Kindergarten Round Up
Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School –  Grand Rapids at All Day

February 2, 2017

Preschool Open House
Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Child Care –  Grand Rapids at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Precademy Information and Enrollment Night
Precademy Preschool –  Zeeland at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Precademy Preschool Information Night
Precademy Preschool –  Zeeland at 6:30 pm

February 4, 2017

Maple Tree Preschool Open House
Maple Tree Preschool –  Grandville at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

February 22, 2017

Lookin' At Legacy Preview Day
Legacy Christian School –  Grand Rapids at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

February 25, 2017

Holy Trinity Lutheran School, Preschool, and Day Care Open House
Holy Trinity Lutheran School –  Wyoming at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

March 7, 2017

NorthPointe Christian Schools Preschool and Elementary Learning Lab
NorthPointe Christian Elementary School –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

March 9, 2017

Lookin' At Legacy Preview Day
Legacy Christian School –  Grand Rapids at 10:00 am - 11:00 am

March 13, 2017

Treasure Tree Preschool and Tri-unity Christian School OPEN HOUSE
Tri-unity Christian School & Treasure Tree Preschool –  Wyoming at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Maple Tree Preschool Open House
Maple Tree Preschool –  Grandville at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

March 23, 2017

Polka Dot Garden Early Childhood Evenings
Polka Dot Garden Preschools –  Grandville at 7:00 pm

April 20, 2017

AnchorPoint Christian All School OPEN HOUSE
AnchorPoint Christian School –  Wyoming at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

May 15, 2017

Preschool Open House
Eastminster Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

May 18, 2017

Intergenerational Preschool Open House
Vista Springs Riverside Gardens –  Grand Rapids at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

June 28, 2017

PRESCHOOL at a SENIOR LIVING FACILITY: Intergenerational Ice Cream Social & Preschool Open House
Vista Springs Riverside Gardens –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

July 25, 2017

Back to School Open House at AppleTree Early Care and Preschool- Standale
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool-Standale/Allendale –  Grand Rapids at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

July 26, 2017

Back to School Open House at AppleTree Early Care and Preschool- Monroe
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool-Monroe –  Grand Rapids at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Back to School Open House at AppleTree Early Care and Preschool- Kentwood
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool-Kentwood –  Kentwood at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

July 27, 2017

Grace Beginnings Preschool Open House
Grace Lutheran church –  Wyoming at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

August 11, 2017

AppleTree Early Care and Preschool Back to School Open House (Walker East)
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool-Walker East –  Walker at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

AppleTree Early Care and Preschool Back to School Open House (Walker West)
AppleTree Early Care and Preschool-Walker West –  Walker at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

August 17, 2017

Free Dinner, Activities and Prizes at GRPS Back to School Celebration
John Ball Park –  Grand Rapids at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 30, 2017

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool Open House
Our Savior Lutheran Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January 11, 2018

Legacy Christian School's Early Childhood Open House
Legacy Christian School –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 16, 2018

Children’s Workshop Preschool Open House/Registration
Children’s Workshop Preschool –  Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Greater Grand Rapids Preschools Guide

*The following are sponsored listings.

grand rapids christian school

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, preschool at Grand Rapids Christian Schools provides exceptional opportunities for growth and discovery for children ages three to five. Our early childhood programs are designed to support each child’s sense of curiosity and develop a joy of learning. Teachers encourage hands-on, experiential learning, focusing on God’s creation. We partner with parents to develop the whole child—academically, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Together we grow! Juntos Crecemos!

GRCS offers the following programs:

• 3-5 year olds
• Offered in a variety of schedules from two half days to five full days

Young Fives
Designed to meet the needs of children who could use additional time to develop readiness skills and grow emotionally, socially, and academically before kindergarten.
• GRCES Iroquois Campus: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday full days or MondayFriday full days
• Rockford Christian: Five half days, afternoons

Spanish Immersion
• GRCES Iroquois campus only
• Students must be 4 years old by the first day of school
• 5 full days, 5 half days – mornings, or 5 half day mornings plus 3 afternoons

Before and After School Care
• Starts at 7:00 AM; Ends at 6:00 PM

Registration begins at our Preschool and Kindergarten Open Houses. Bring your child to meet teachers and visit their classrooms. All open houses are 6:30 – 8:00 PM with registration starting at 7:00 PM:
Rockford Christian – January 17, 2017
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary Iroquois Campus – January 19, 2017
Grand Rapids Christian Elementary Evergreen Campus – January 24, 2017

Visit–k-open-house for more information.

We would also love to give you a personal tour so you can see our classes in action. Call Lindsay Hart at 616-574-6017 or email [email protected] to schedule a tour in Grand Rapids or contact Rachael Segard at 616-574-6438 or [email protected] for a tour in Rockford.

Eagles Kids Club: Students who enroll in preschool at Grand Rapids Christian are automatically members of Eagles Kids Club. Eagles Kids Club members receive a $500 tuition gift certificate to use toward their kindergarten tuition and receive a second $500 gift certificate a year later to use for first grade!

Come share, learn, and grow with us!


GR Christian Elementary School | Iroquois Campus | 1508 Alexander St SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506-3200
GR Christian Elementary School | Evergreen Campus | 1630 Griggs St SE, | Grand Rapids, MI 49506-4427
Rockford Christian School | 6060 Belding Rd |Rockford, MI 49341-9616
616-574-6017WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

“We love it at GRCES! The way the teachers promote learning through exploration, encourage group participation, and respect children’s desire to make independent choices has been wonderful for our children. We feel that our boys are encouraged to be thinkers and explorers who are excited to learn about God’s world. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to send our children to GRCES and would absolutely recommend it to any parent looking to raise their children in a Christ-centered environment.” 
Tony and Annie Tang


Learn more about Grand Rapids Christian Schools


Join us Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6-7:30 PM for our Open House/Open Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year!

Children’s Workshop Preschool offers a nurturing environment for students to develop a love of learning through a balance of structure and play.

All of our programs include a broad spectrum of developmentally appropriate activities, including activities from the “Handwriting Without Tears” curriculum starting in our preschool 3’s program.

A variety of class times are available for ages 2-young 5s.
Options include LUNCH PALS and a FULL-DAY OPTION for Age 3 and 4.

Age 2 (by Sept 1) – Age 3. Potty training not required.
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:3.5
9:00 AM-11:30 AM | T&Th
9:00 AM-11:30 AM | MWF

Age 2 1/2 (by 1st school day) – Age 3. Potty training not required.
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:4
12:30 PM-3:00 PM | MWF

Preschool 3 (Age 3 by Sept 1)
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:6
9:00 AM-12:45 PM (Extended am) | T&Th (Lunch hour included)
9:00 AM-11:30 AM | MWF (Lunch pals offered from 11:30-12:30)
12:30 PM-3:00 PM | MWF (Lunch pals offered from 11:30-12:30)
9:00 AM-3:00 PM (All Day) | MWF (Lunch hour included)

Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4 by Sept 1)
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:8
9:00 AM-12:45 PM (Extended am) | T&Th
9:00 AM-3:00 PM (All Day) | MWF

Come find out why Children’s Workshop has consistently been one of the best and most popular preschools in GR!


2727 Michigan St. NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-977-0555WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Children’s Workshop Preschool

Messiah Lutheran Preschool

At Messiah we have made learning fun since 1987! We offer a program that provides children with a wide variety of learning experiences. In our Christian environment your child will be free to explore and will receive guidance in a variety activities where he/she will be able to experience success. Our goals are to provide experiences and activities which will enhance your child’s basic needs: spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, and physical.

Our classes we offer are: Fantastic Fours (3-4 days) – For children age 4 by September 1, 2017. Our main emphasis is Kindergarten readiness in the areas of pre-reading, math, science, language skills and handwriting. Children will be encouraged to develop independence and listening skills. Daily Jesus Time familiarizes the children to Bible stories.

This class meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for the first semester with Friday added in mid January to ease the transition to all day every day Kindergarten. Class times are: 9:00 to 11:30 or 12:30 to 3:00.

Terrific Threes (2 days) – For children age 3 by September 1, 2016. They will learn to share, play with others, listen to others during group time, and follow routines. Children will strengthen small and large muscles through many various hands on activities. Daily Jesus Time will introduce Jesus to the children.

This class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:30 or 12:30 to 3:00.

Call to schedule your tour and for tuition rates.


2727 Five Mile NE | Grand Rapids, MI  49525
616-363-2553WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Messiah Lutheran Preschool

northpointe christian

“As a teacher myself, I have been impressed with the expectations, environment and over all excitement about NorthPointe Christian! NPC has exceeded my expectations and I am excited to have made the choice to send my son there!” – NorthPointe parent

NorthPointe Christian is a Christ-centered, family community where children are encouraged to grow spiritually, socially, and academically. Our teachers love and serve Jesus wholeheartedly and are dedicated to nurturing each student to further cultivate their God-given gifts. We focus on authentic learning experiences, including field trips, special visits from community workers, and much more! All NorthPointe teachers are certified.

We offer:
• Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds
• Spanish Immersion and English Classes
• Intergenerational curriculum in English Program
• Flexible Schedule Options, from 2 half days to 5 full days
• Young Fives
• 3 and 5 day Kindergarten
• Before/After School Care (6:30 AM – 6:00 PM)
• New! Outdoor Preschool option

Age requirement:

• 2 years, 9 months at the age of enrollment. Mid-year enrollees welcome.

We invite you to discover NorthPointe Christian Preschool – rooted in God’s Word, guided by Christ’s love, and committed to academic excellence.

Learn more at one of our upcoming admissions events or call for a personal tour!
January 12th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – Preschool & Elementary Parent/Child Learning Lab
January 26th, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – Preview Day: come check out the school in action!
March 7th, 2017, 6:30 p.m – Preschool & Elementary Parent/Child Learning Lab
April 11th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – Preschool and Kindergarten Round Up


540 Russwood Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49505
616-363-4869WEBSITE | FACEBOOK


Ada Christian

Nurturing students – mind, body and soul in Christian community – is something Ada Christian Preschool is committed to doing! With programming for 3’s, 4’s and Young 5’s, we educate the whole child through hands-on learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.

Through stories, singing, playing, and working together, our preschool students learn more about who they are as image bearers of Christ, how to treat others with kindness, and ways to explore and express their thoughts and ideas as they build friendships with peers in a safe, loving environment.

Student-teacher ratios are kept low to ensure our preschool provides plenty of quality one-on-one time between teachers and students. Classes offer many interactive, meaningful, and fun opportunities for all students to also enjoy small and whole group activities.

We are especially thrilled to now offer an integrated outdoor education program for all of our students! Preschoolers will experience wonder and awe for our Creator as we explore his exciting world together within our 37-acre classroom.

Preschool enrollment for 2017-2018 is now open.

Class details, curriculum and additional information is available on our website. Because space is limited, families interested in learning more about Ada Christian Preschool are invited to contact our Preschool Director, Jennifer Gormley (616-676-0254), for more information and a tour. Registrations are being accepted at school and online.

Come Visit!

Call 616-676-0254 or sign up to schedule a personal tour to see all that Ada Christian School’s Christ-centered environment can offer you and your child.


6206 Ada Dr. SE | Ada, MI 49301
616-676-0254WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Ada Christian School

apple tree gilden woods

At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we provide high quality, educational child care and preschool for children ages six weeks through 12 years old in a safe and comfortable 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.

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 selected locations.

Weekly enrichment programs are include Music, Fitness, and 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.

To learn more about AppleTree and Gilden Woods, please log-on to our website at


Breton Village616-957-1023
Cascade Young 5’s and School Age616-719-4401
Grand Rapids616-447-7837
Howell – 517-618-1470
Knapp Corner 616-364-0543
Walker East  – 616-481-3811
Walker West – 616-735-4600

Learn more about AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool


We know that getting the right start is important, especially for your child. At Precademy, West Michigan’s leading multi-age 3 & 4 year old preschool, we want to make sure your child gets the time and attention they deserve; building an early foundation of success. Our teachers foster a learning environment rooted in a culture embracing uniqueness and relationships; we are a family that grows the whole child. We attend to each child’s needs academically, emotionally, and socially; helping kids develop compassion, stewardship and responsibility. Strong parent involvement is encouraged because who knows your kids better than you? At Precademy we help our youngest friends develop into global leaders and thinkers, utilizing a balanced calendar that allows your child to learn at his or her “just-right” pace. Every child is different and how they learn is personal to them. This is the very core of everything we do. When you’re considering where to enroll your child, ask yourself, “Is getting the right start in a child’s learning important?” We think it is. Join us at Precademy, won’t you?

Information night and enrollment on Thursday, February 2nd at 6:30 PM. GSRP Free tuition for those that qualify!

Classes held at Homestead Campus; 8485 Homestead Dr., Zeeland
4 day options: Monday – Thursday – 8:30-11:30 AM or 12:30-3:30 PM.
2 day option: Tuesday & Thursday – 8:30-11:30 AM.
For more information, questions or to schedule a visit please call Leisa at 616-446-1486 or [email protected]


8485 Homestead Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464
616-748-5637WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Precademy

legacy christian school

At Legacy Christian School students are encouraged to grow spiritually, socially and academically. Our excellent curriculum, innovative programming and quality educators combine to help each of our students realize their God given potential.

We are committed to partner with you in every aspect of your child’s development and would consider it a joy and privilege to discover God’s world and share His love with your child. We know you will be impressed by our quality academics, our staff and our students!

Early childhood classes at LCS include:
• Two day preschool
• Three day preschool
• Developmental Kindergarten (Young Five’s)
• Kindergarten (English language)
• Spanish Immersion Kindergarten and 1st Grade

To see all that Legacy Christian can offer you and your family, call 616-455-3860 or email [email protected] to schedule a personal tour.

Legacy Christian School – “Preparing Christ-Followers and Kingdom-Builders!”


520 68th St. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49548
616-455-3860 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Legacy Christian School


At Hudsonville Christian we believe that God has big plans for every child. Our goal is to help each child discover pieces of that plan by integrating faith and learning to nurture the whole child – mind, body and soul. Our mission at Hudsonville Christian is to include all of God’s children. We welcome children with special needs into our Early Childhood Programs and will work with you to create a plan that works best for your child. We offer a variety of programs and schedules and welcome the opportunity to work with you to discover which program is best for your child. Ask us how Preschool at HCS can be free!

We offer several options for children ages 3 to 5.
3 School (1 or 2 half-days)
4 School (2 or 3 half-days)
Young 5’s (5 half-days or 2 1/2 days)
Kindergarten (4 or 5 full days or a 3 to 4 day transition)

Young 5’s and Kindergarten students have Spanish class as part of our Spanish program!

HCS offers Kids’ Corner Childcare for HCS students in 3 School – 5th grade in a variety of daily options. Please visit for more information.

Join us at our Exploration Night on January 19! Child check-in begins at 6:00 PM and the Parent Presentation begins at 6:30 PM. Bring your child to visit the classrooms, meet the teachers and participate in fun activities. Visit for more information. Enrollment begins January 19, 2017.

Preschool questions can be directed to Gina VanWoerkom, Early Childhood Director at [email protected].


3435 Oak St | Hudsonville, MI  49426
616-669-6689 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Hudsonville Christian Preschool
west side christian

Worship, learning, community, and creation forms the foundation of faith-based learning at West Side Christian School. We invite you to discover how your child’s academic and spiritual growth will be nurtured and developed within our preschool-8th grade school community! WSCS offers ½ day morning 3s preschool classes, ½ day morning and afternoon 4s preschool & Nature preschool classes, ½ day afternoon Young 5s, and full-day kindergarten. NEW for 2017/2018: flexible preschool scheduling! Select 2-5 days of your choosing for all preschool classes. Young 5s and kindergarten are 5-day programs and include transportation.

Our Nature Preschool features the Playscape, our outdoor classroom. Students in all classes participate in outdoor education lessons and experiences in our onsite nature preserve, garden, and other natural areas as part of our partnership with Blandford Nature Center. These serve as the foundation for learning and discovery, as we recognize that God’s beautiful creation provides a tremendously rich learning environment!

In addition to preschool, West Side Christian School offers Little Sprouts Childcare, a flexible and affordable year-round childcare and development center offering before school, after school, school vacation, and summer vacation care that includes flex care, field trips, classroom buddies, chapel, and cheering on WSCS’s middle school athletic teams at their home games.

WSCS also hosts BUDS, a weekly gathering for parents and their “buds” ages 0-5, featuring a variety of opportunities including open gym, fine motor development through art, music, and singing, stories, and the ever-popular Blandford animal friends visits. See for upcoming BUDS events.


955 Westend Ave. NW | Grand Rapids, MI  49504
616-453-3925WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about West Side Christian School

Grace Church Preschool

Come join our family at Grace Church Preschool!

We make it our mission to build strong relationships with our families, and create a warm and loving relationship for our little ones to learn and explore through play.

We offer a Young Fives Program which includes classes such as Art, Gym, Music and Spanish each week. Call us soon to schedule a tour, as we will fill up quickly!

Preschool Class Days and Times include:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday Mornings – 9:00-11:30
Monday, Wednesday Friday Afternoon – 12:30-3:00
Monday, Wednesday, Friday All Day – 9:00-3:00
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings – 9:00-11:30

Young Fives Class Days and Time include:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9:00-3:00

Enrollment Begins on Monday, January 9, 2017!


1815 Hall St. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-241-3202WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

“Grace Church Preschool has been an excellent fit for our daughter for the last 2 years. The teachers are so caring and it’s a natural environment for learning. She has learned so much but never felt pressured which is important to us. The classroom is warm and bright and is a top notch space for academic learning and social growth through play with others. We would highly recommend Grace Church Preschool” 
Ben and Emily VerWys


Learn more about Grace Church Preschool
new branches charter academy

New Branches Charter Academy (NBCA) is a tuition-free public school serving students in grades PreK – 8. New Branches is working to ensure that all their students are receiving a quality education, with a foundation in environmental integrity. Located on 12-acres, New Branches utilizes its vast campus to provide students with an academic education that is built both in positive learning experiences and opportunities. Students at New Branches also work on improving their overall being, by participating in the Character Choices program; which provides students with the skills and tools to become the best citizens they can be.

Preschool students at New Branches Charter Academy attend through the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). New Branches and GSRP work to ensure that students are provided an early start to education. The preschool program at New Branches also incorporates Character Choices, environmentally themed activities and learning frameworks. Our GSRP program provides an educational foundation for years to come, and creates a smoother transition for students going into kindergarten.


3662 Poinsettia Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616-243-6221WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about New Branches Charter Academy

orchard hill preschool

Orchard Hill recently celebrated 35 years of teaching God’s Children. The Preschool and Child Care Center is Nationally Accredited by the NAEYC and has achieved 4 out of 5 Quality Rating Stars from the Great Start to Quality. The center offers a morning Christian preschool experience every day of the week so that we can serve your family’s schedule. Plan to stop in at our Open House on Thursday, February 2nd beginning at 5:30 PM to see what makes learning “On the Hill” so special!

Open Enrollment begins February 1st for all new families.


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

Learn more about Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Child Care Center

ada village preschool

Ada Village Preschool is proud to be nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC), since 1993. We offer half day programs for three, four and five year old children. Our preschool provides a safe and nurturing environment where children can be curious and develop a love for learning. Our highly educated and experienced staff works closely with families to provide the best educational experience for each child. Our hands-on creative curriculum is based upon Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. Through our play-based curriculum, we address children’s educational and developmental levels, strengths and abilities.

Our “Teacher Chat” meetings with families at the end of each school day help facilitate strong relationships between staff and parents, which benefits every child in our program.

Public Registration for 2017-18 school year will begin on Tuesday, January 17, at 6:00 PM with on-line registration. The enrollment form can be found on our website,, beginning on January 17.  Registrations will be accepted first come, first serve, beginning at 6:00 PM.  Please call our preschool office at 616-676-3576, to receive more information or to schedule a personal tour!  We will look forward to meeting you!


6330 Ada Drive SE | Ada, MI 49301
616-676-3576WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

“We could not be happier to have been able to send our three children to AVP.  The care and concern for each child attending the program is felt as you walk through the door.  You can tell the staff has a passion for education which is reflected in the children’s love for the teachers.  We truly appreciate the play-based learning program, outstanding communication and celebration of diversity that comes along with sending our children to AVP.” 
Curt and Katie Weaver


“We have been AVP parents for four years and can’t say enough good things about the environment and the staff.  The warmth and love this preschool has for our children is undeniable.  My children love to attend and are excited to go each day.  There isn’t a better place for little ones to begin their ‘love for learning’ journey.” 
Sarah and Brandon Cortese, AVP Parents



diocese of catholic schools

In a Catholic school, your child will learn about morals and values along with their ABCs. Experienced teachers and staff nurture young learners in mind, body, and soul – creating an environment where children feel safe, loved, and appreciated.

Principles of the Catholic faith are taught alongside core academic skills, encouraging curious minds to discover and develop their God-given gifts. Children have opportunities to work with and be observed by certified teachers in a nurturing classroom where they acquire the academic and social skills necessary for elementary school and beyond.

With 30 Catholic schools throughout West Michigan, there’s an option for you. We offer a variety of programs and would love to have you join our family.

To prepare children for the opportunities of an increasingly diverse world, many of our schools offer Spanish in the preschool and kindergarten curriculum.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is committed to making Catholic education possible for every family who desires it. Our schools offer multiple scholarships, including Welcome Scholarships for students whose families enroll in a Catholic school for the first time.

Program Options:
3, 4-year-old Preschool: 1/2, full-day options
DK, Kindergarten: 1/2, full-day options
Schedules are customized for you and your child, offering options from two half days to five full days
Before and after care are available

Serving the communities of:
Ada (Parnell)
Comstock Park
East Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids

Contact Luzia Tartari ([email protected], 616-551-4743) or Stephanie Grey ([email protected], 616-551-5630) with questions; both are bilingual in English and Spanish.


360 Division Ave S | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-551-4743WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools

If you’re looking for a preschool that focuses on kindergarten readiness and spiritual development, as well as a loving staff that values parent communication and involvement, then Learning Ship Christian Preschool is for you!

Learning Ship is located within Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville. We’re a quality, licensed Christian preschool for ages 3, 4, and young fives. At Learning Ship, you’ll discover clean and spacious classrooms, a caring environment and a staff who is in love with Jesus and is passionate about instructing young children!

The activity in the preschool room may look like child’s play, and it is. Play is the avenue to learning at this stage, and our classes are carefully structured to allow children plenty of opportunities to explore and grow in a loving, relaxed atmosphere. Children listen to and talk about Bible stories, sing and dance to music and learn in a large group setting. They can also choose from a variety of small group activities that involve manipulating objects, problem solving, measuring and pretending. Our curriculum utilizes both Zoophonics and Handwriting Without Tears for all of our age levels.

We invite you to visit to find age-level learning goals, lots of fun pictures and information about our open house on January 17, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. We’re happy to give personal tours as well, just make an appointment to visit Learning Ship by calling 616-662-2107. We hope to meet you and partner with you, soon!


2900 Baldwin Street | Hudsonville, MI, 49426
616-662-2107 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Learning Ship Christian Preschool

goddard school

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

Learn more about The Goddard School


Entering the BIG Adventure of the Preschooler! Preschoolers are curious, imaginative, and inquisitive. They develop many new interests, abilities and needs. This is a wonderful time of exciting exploration and independence.

The Preschool classrooms have specific schedules and daily routines that are followed. Parents can find schedules, lesson plans and newsletters posted on the Parent Board in each classroom. Daily schedules include meals, circle times, art projects, story times, learning centers, center time and outdoor time. Throughout the day there is an equal amount of teacher-directed and child-directed activities. Children are given opportunities to make choices in an environment that is safe and comfortable. Choices enable children to exercise their autonomous tendencies, to learn from self-imposed consequences and to get to know the world as a place of alternatives and choices. Teachers encourage self-help skill development throughout the day. Children learn to use utensils, button their pants, put on their socks and shoes, use words to communicate their feelings and frustrations. Our teachers encourage independence, cooperation, and respect for themselves and others.


3710 29th St | Kentwood, MI 49512
616-301-2030WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Adventures Learning Centers

st mark preschool

At Saint Mark, children are nurtured in an environment built on the foundation of God’s love, providing a classroom where each child feels safe, valued and loved. Children are free to explore, create, and grow as they learn about Jesus, themselves, others and God’s beautiful world. Meanwhile, they develop skills needed for a lifetime of learning. A rich and varied learning environment gives children the opportunity to explore colors, shapes, numbers and letters, as well as, science and sensory experiences.

“Get Set for School” by Handwriting Without Tears forms the foundation of our curriculum. It provides developmentally appropriate learning objectives for three core areas: Language & Literacy, Numbers & Math, Readiness & Writing. Our skilled teachers develop creative theme and play based learning activities.

Saint Mark is blessed with a facility which includes six classrooms, a gym and an outdoor playground. Children play and learn in a variety of spaces every day and enjoy large muscle play indoors or outside.

Families are important to us at Saint Mark, therefore we facilitate family fellowship through a variety of events. The Pumpkin Pajama Party, Drive-In Movie Night, and Popsicles on the Playground are examples of events we plan each year.

Classes Available:
3 Year Old Class
9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Tuesday, Thursday

4 Year Old Class
8:15 AM-11:30 AM (AM Class)
12:30 PM-3:15 PM (PM Class)
8:15 AM-3:15 PM (AM Class with Extended Day Option)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Bridge Program (Older 4’s and Young 5’s)
8:15 AM-3:15 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Contact us at 616-455-5320 for more information or to schedule a visit.


1934 52nd St SE | Kentwood, MI  49508
616-455-5320WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Saint Mark Preschool
mayflower preschool

Mayflower Preschool respects the power of play by providing periods of play throughout the day to enhance your child’s learning experience.  We offer activities which have the potential for skill and knowledge acquisition and practice. We believe that children learn through exploring and experimenting with a wide variety of materials.

We have been accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children for 48 years.


2345 Robinson Rd SE | Grand Rapids MI 49506

Learn more about Mayflower Preschool 

polka dot garden preschool

Early childhood education at Grandville Christian school, offered in English and Spanish Immersion, is a Christ-centered, developmentally appropriate one. Our early childhood staff celebrates each student as a unique and special child of God. We emphasize God’s love for us, our love for Him and our love for each other. Our caring, experienced teachers are committed to partnering with you in every aspect of your child’s development.

Three-year-old preschool meets two half days a week, four-year-old preschool meets three half days a week. Child care is offered at GCS from 6:30 AM until 6:00 PM.

Parents and children are invited to join us at our Early Childhood Evenings on Tuesday, January 31 and Thursday, March 23 at 7 PM. You will have an opportunity to meet our preschool and kindergarten teachers, visit classrooms and have your questions answered. Preschool enrollment will begin January 31.

At Polka Dot Garden Preschool:

• Our staff implements developmentally appropriate practices throughout our curriculum.
• Experiential learning takes place each and every day!
• Our early childhood curriculum has a highly academic focus that uses rich experiences to accommodate all children’s learning styles.
• Outdoor education is an important part of our curriculum. We utilize our outdoor classroom as a place where our young students learn about God and His creation. Research shows that early development is fundamental to the growth of your child. Our staff offers a loving, nurturing & creative world for your child to learn and grow.
• It is our passion to equip all of our students to demonstrate Christ’s love in our increasingly global community.


3934 Wilson Ave | Grandville, MI 49418
616-538-9710WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Polka Dot Garden Preschool


Montessori Connections Preschool provides a learning environment prepared for the developmental needs of 3, 4 and 5 year old children. We center our focus on the whole child- the cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical selves. Teacher and assistant are both Montessori certified and have numerous years of experience with preschool children. Using the educational philosophy developed by Maria Montessori, we meet the child where they are in their development, tailoring the curriculum to fit the needs of the individual student. With the freedom to choose the activity desired, the child relaxes and learns to trust the prepared environment. As we observe the child’s working, we come to know how to guide them forward into greater knowledge of themselves, their capabilities and the world in which they live. Curriculum areas include Language, Math, Science, Culture and Geography, Everyday Living, Sensorial and Art.

We invite you to come and visit our classroom to see the opportunities for learning available when we trust the child to show us what they need to fulfill their potential.


6810 Old 28th St. SE | Suite 1 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616-940-4616WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Montessori Connections Preschool

Northwest Co-op Preschool

If you are looking for an excellent early childhood education program in Grand Rapids, then you are in the right place! Northwest Co-op Preschool offers a play-based, child-centered approach to preschool.

We focus on teaching the whole child.

Equal emphasis is placed on social, emotional, and intellectual growth. The learning environment is rich with hands-on experiences in the classroom. Our teacher has a deep understanding of early childhood development and the experience needed to guide young children in the learning process.

The curriculum is based on well-researched teaching practices that support the unique way that young children learn. Experienced-based education encourages children’s creativity, helps them to become critical thinkers and promotes interest in life-long learning. Parents are viewed as partners and collaborators in the education of their child.

Open since 1962, Northwest is a nonprofit organization owned and operated completely by its members – the parents. As a co-op, we enjoy the benefits of parent participation in the classroom and in the operation of the school. Our preschool is a welcoming community for your entire family.

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood…
– Fred Rogers


1934 Bridge St. NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-791-4140WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Northwest Co-op Preschool
eastminster preschoolRanked a 4-Star Quality Preschool by the State of Michigan, Eastminster Preschool has provided quality preschool education to area children since 1973.

Our curriculum is based on skills for kindergarten readiness, with a play-based and child-centered focus. Our enriched and exciting learning environment offers unparalleled space to move and learn. It inspires a child’s natural curiosity, promotes self-discovered knowledge, encourages independence, and builds self-esteem.

With low student/teacher ratios, the classes are taught by teams of licensed and bachelor-degreed teachers, possessing the highest level of education and experience available in our area. These highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers provide a curriculum which is developmentally-appropriate and fosters social, emotional, physical and language growth. Our goal is for each child to leave preschool with enhanced knowledge, independence, self-confidence, creativity, self-control and a love of learning. They will attain the foundational skills for success in kindergarten and beyond.

We have been chosen by the Kent ISD as a Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP). Call to find out how to apply for our FREE M-Th PM 4’s preschool class if your child is born between 09/02/12 – 09/01/13


1700 Woodward Ave. SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506

Learn more about Eastminster Preschool

Dutton Christian

Noah’s Ark PreKindergarten 3 and 4 year old program is a Christ-centered, quality program that encourages children to wonder and explore as they learn about the world around them. Faith-based units and hands-on developmental activities are used to promote fine motor, gross motor, and social skills. Four year olds are introduced to Zoophonics through fun phonological experiences.

We invite you to call and set up a tour to see the classrooms and meet our teachers. Check out our website for information about a typical day at Noah’s Ark and how to know if your child is ready to begin PreKindergarten.


6980 Hanna Lake Ave SE | Caledonia MI 49316
616-698-8660WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Dutton Christian Noah’s Ark PreKindergarten


Your Affordable Christian Preschool-Daycare where a lifetime of learning begins!

You and your child will joyfully journey with AnchorPoint’s supportive resources and cooperative counsel.

• Christ-centered education
• Safe, nurturing environment
• Experienced teacher-aide teams
• Excellent academic preparation
• Innovative, interactive activities
• Spacious rooms, playground, gym
• Convenient central location
• Affordable tuition

• 2- or 3-day schedule
• 9:00–11:30 AM
• 7 AM-5:30 PM student daycare

January 25 & April 20, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM
Or call for a personal family tour.



601 36th Street SW | Wyoming MI 49509
616-608-4006WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about AnchorPoint Christian Preschool
st stephen catholic school

Our preschool program serves children ages 3-5. We offer a warm, safe learning environment, academics tailored to your student’s needs, cutting-edge technology and a community rich with diversity. Through music, art, cooking, creative dramatics, stories, large and small motor activities, field trips, games, and finger plays, our 3’s, 4’s and young 5’s students grow and learn in many ways. By putting faith at the center of all we do, we provide St. Stephen students with a moral compass and core values that will last a lifetime. Our school offers before and after school care, competitive tuition rates and financial aid.


740 Gladstone Dr. SE | East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-243-8998WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about St. Stephen Catholic School
forest hills presbyterian preschoolFHPP is a NAEYC accredited, Christian based program, providing opportunities to experience love for God, His creation and others. We use a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching which fosters fine and gross motor skills, listening and verbal skills, independence, creativity, self-expression and self-control. Children are guided in accepting and following directions, assuming responsibilities, safety rules and good health practices. We support families in their efforts to help their children develop as healthy, thoughtful and spiritual individuals. We emphasize math, language and literacy, science, social studies, physical fitness and personal/social development. We are Christ based and child centered.


7495 Cascade Road | Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Learn more about Forest Hills Presbyterian Preschool
maple tree preschool

Maple Tree Preschool has been preparing children for a lifelong love of learning for 36 years! Call for a tour (616-534-5465) or go on a virtual tour here! 2017-2018 registration begins January 1.

• Daily emphasis on Bible stories, praying and singing
• Each class has a private Facebook page with pictures posted daily
• Curriculum includes science, math, reading readiness, alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness (Zoo-phonics)
• Large classroom space

3-yr-old Program
• Monday and Wednesday, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
• 3 by September 1

4-yr-old Program
• Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
• Monday and Wednesday, 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
• Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
• Optional Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
• 4 by December 1

Young Fives
• Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
• Optional Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
• 4 by February 1

Open House
• Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
• Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


3060 Wilson Ave | Grandville, MI 49418
616-534-5465WEBSITE | FACEBOOK


Our program engages students with creative activities that make learning fun! Students learn with their eyes, ears, mouths, and bodies. At Saint Thomas, we believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. We partner with you to provide children with the best educational, developmental, and spiritual experience. Our teachers are gifted, loving, faith-filled and nurturing. Just what your child needs to succeed.

We weave the life, love, and joy of Jesus Christ into daily instruction and instill within each student a sense of pride, compassion and self-confidence. We build a strong educational foundation that lasts a child’s lifetime.

Visit the Preschool/Kindergarten Round Up on Wednesday, February 1, 2007.


1429 Wilcox Park Dr. S.E. | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-458-4228WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool offers a Christ-centered education. Our preschool provides a variety of learning experiences within a caring, Christian environment.

We offer the following:
Bible stories with memory verses that incorporate sign language
Indoor large motor activity room
Fenced outdoor playground

Our Savior Lutheran Preschool offers morning programs for 3, 4, and 5 year old children.

Nestled in the heart of southeast Grand Rapids, Our Savior Lutheran Preschool is located on a low-traffic side street between the East Beltline corridor and Breton Village.

Enrollment opens in January for the fall and continues throughout the year.


1916 Ridgewood Ave. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-949-0701 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Our Savior Lutheran Preschool

kidz in motion preschool

Kidz in Motion Preschool is an educational preschool for children aged 3, 4, & 5. Designed to accommodate active youngsters, Kidz in Motion will alternate classroom instruction with motor skill work in the gym (For the Kidz Gymnastics), and use the child’s whole body to enhance learning. We will be using a multi-sensory, phonetic introduction to letters and sounds, and exercise and gymnastics will be built into each day’s lesson plan. Various themes will be used to make learning fun and exciting for your child! Children must be the appropriate age and toilet trained.

We operate on a semester basis.  If there is room, children can join us at the semester break.


1391 Gezon Parkway | Wyoming, MI 49509
616-726-7979 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Kids In Motion Preschool
Head Start for Kent County | Locations throughout Kent County including Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Child Development Services of Ottawa County (Head Start) | Locations include Coopersville, Grand Haven, Holland and Hudsonville.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP): Ottawa | Great Start School Readiness Program is a free preschool for four year old children who meet state guidelines (income criteria: for a family of 4, for example, up to $60,750).

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP): Kent | Families qualify for free preschool based on income or other factors such as special needs, foster care, or high risks. Guidelines vary based on the age of the child.

Help Me Grow-Ottawa | Not sure what the best program or location for your child and family might be?  If you live in the Ottawa Area, connect with Help Me Grow-Ottawa to learn about what options are available for your family.  Call 844-233-2244 or connect online at

Bright Horizons at Spectrum | 1697 Michigan Street Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-774-7420
Canterbury Creek Farm Preschool | 6555 Grand River Dr NE, Ada, MI 49301 | (616) 676-0248
Childtime Learning Centers | Two locations in Kentwood | 844-364-2856
Duncan Lake Early Childhood Center | 9751 Duncan Lake Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316 | 616-891-6220
Early Childhood Center at Byron Center Public Schools | 2300 84th St SW Byron Center, MI 49315 | 616-878-6130
Gymco Discovery Preschool | 2306 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 
Hudsonville Public School Early Childhood Program | 5535 School Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 
John Knox Preschool | 4150 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 | 616-455-5060
Kelloggsville Early Childhood Center | 977 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | 
Lamont Christian School | 5260 Leonard Rd., Coopersville, MI 49404 | 616-677-1757
Lighthouse Early Learning Academy | Locations in Byron Center (616-583-1888) and Holland (616-796-6650)
Little Lambs Cooperative Preschool | 7248 68th St SE, Alto, MI 49316 | 
Milestones Child Development Center | Locations in Caledonia (616-536-2520), Belmont (616-361-0191), Cascade (616-942-5002)
New Community Preschool | 2340 Dean Lake Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | 616-361-6014
Northview Community Education Preschool | 4365 Hunsberger Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI | 616-363-6861

St Peters Lutheran Preschool | 310 E Division St NE, Rockford, MI 49341 | 
Treasure Tree Preschool | 5353 Wilson Avenue SW, Wyoming, MI 49418 | 616-532-8827
Tutor Time | Locations in Cascade, Grand Rapids and Jenison | 844-250-9996
Wyoming Public Schools Preschool | 1840 38th St. SW, Wyoming MI 49519 | 616-530-7533

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