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This information is updated for the 2018-19 preschool year.

PRESCHOOLS for Grand Rapids Kids and Beyond

If this is your first time enrolling a child in preschool, you may be surprised to learn that many preschools begin their fall enrollment in January. So even though it seems like next school year is far off, now is the time to begin thinking about next year’s plans for school.

There are several factors to consider when selecting a preschool. Our Preschool Guide takes care of giving you all of the details you need–upcoming open house schedules and information from many schools in the area offering preschool options.

One of the factors you may be considering this year is whether your child is ready for kindergarten or if another year in preschool or Young 5’s would be best. 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, check out our links below to Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs in your area. Based on income, some kids may qualify for FREE preschool!

*It is a parent’s responsibility to research a preschool’s accreditation status. Accreditation is not a legal requirement for preschools in Michigan and choosing an accredited preschool is a parent preference.

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Tuesday January 8, 2019

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

Thursday January 10, 2019

Early Childhood Open House
St. Stephen Catholic School –  East Grand Rapids at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

West Side Christian School Early Childhood/Kindergarten Preview Night
West Side Christian School –  Grand Rapids at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday January 12, 2019

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

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Winter Carnival & School Choice Expo
City High Middle School –  Grand Rapids at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Thursday January 17, 2019

NorthPointe Christian Schools Pancakes and Preview (PreK-5th Info Night)
NorthPointe Christian Elementary School –  Grand Rapids at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Jenison Christian Early Childhood Open House
Jenison Christian School –  Jenison at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday January 22, 2019

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

Wednesday January 23, 2019

Early Childhood Open House
AnchorPoint Christian School –  Wyoming at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday January 24, 2019

Preschool Open House, 2019-20 Open Enrollment!
Grace Lutheran church –  Wyoming at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holland Christian Rose Park Elementary Discovery Night
Holland Christian Rose Park Elementary –  Holland at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hudsonville Christian Early Childhood Exploration Night
Hudsonville Christian School –  Hudsonville at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday January 29, 2019

Holland Christian South Side Elementary Discovery Night
Holland Christian’s South Side Elementary –  Holland at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Thursday January 31, 2019

Early Childhood Evening
Polka Dot Garden Preschools –  Grandville at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monday February 4, 2019

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

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Early Childhood Round-Up Night
Lamont Christian School –  Coopersville at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday March 19, 2019

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

Greater Grand Rapids Preschools Guide

*The following are sponsored listings.

Free and sliding scale tuition options are provided to eligible families through the Great Start Readiness Program grant at 26 sites throughout Grand Rapids.

Our mission is to provide students with a world-class pre-kindergarten education using a proven approach and best practices. We teach every student using play based environments that support critical thinking skills, develop positive self-esteem, facilitate independence, and build excitement for life-long learning.

We teach language arts and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, science and technology, social studies, and the arts using a research-based curriculum, known as Creative Curriculum, which is aligned to the Michigan Department of Education’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality. Our preschool environments offer quiet and active work and play, as well as individualized and group focused teaching activities. Children have opportunities to build social skills daily by making decisions, solving problems, sharing, taking turns, following directions, listening, creating, discovering friendships, and above all building a love for learning.

For those who may need extra support in reaching developmental benchmarks, our preschool environments also provide access and opportunities to receive intervention, as well as specialized instruction and services. We are able to adapt and customize the setting to optimize student growth for all learners.


1331 Franklin SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-819-2111 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK


grand rapids christian school

Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, preschool students at Grand Rapids Christian Schools engage with caring teachers who purposefully provide experiences to achieve both developmental and academic goals and position children for future success while respecting the pace of childhood. Students are given the freedom to make choices within an intentional plan of activities that build social and academic skills.

Focusing on the whole child, our highly trained teachers document each child’s individual progress with a portfolio centered on faith formation, cognitive and physical growth and abilities, and their social-emotional well-being. Play is an important part of our preschool program. It inspires creativity, teaches empathy, encourages language development, fosters independent learning experiences, gives students space to solve problems, and prepares them to be lifelong learners.

We offer programs for children ages 3-5 with schedules ranging from 2 half days to 5 full days, including both Young Fives and Spanish Immersion.

Before and After School Care is also available starting at 7:00 AM and ending at 6:00 PM.

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!

Registration begins at our Preschool and Kindergarten Open Houses On January 16 (Rockford), 18 (Iroquois), and 23 (Evergreen).

Visit for more information.

We would also love to give you a personal tour so you can see our classes in action.

Come share, learn, and grow with us!


GR Christian Elementary School | Iroquois Campus | 1508 Alexander St SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506-3200 | 616-574-6017
GR Christian Elementary School | Evergreen Campus | 1630 Griggs St SE, | Grand Rapids, MI 49506-4427 | 616-574-6017
Rockford Christian School | 6060 Belding Rd |Rockford, MI 49341-9616 | 616-574-6438

“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

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. 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 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 Village616-957-1023
Cascade Young 5’s and School Age616-719-4401
Grand Rapids616-447-7837
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

“Ms. Heidi, look!” Nora shouts over the rattling of tambourines during center time, “I’m a firefighter!”

Kiddos at precademy quickly learn that play is just as important as learning our letters, colors and numbers. By embracing innovation, Precademy equips preschoolers to become global leaders through play, exploration and experiential learning. Using the Creative Curriculum students are appropriately challenged in a nurturing environment filled with fun! Call Leisa at 616-446-1486 or email [email protected] to set up a tour!


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

Learn more about Precademy

Children’s Workshop Preschool is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, licensed in the state of Michigan, and has no religious affiliation. Our program has been serving families in the greater Grand Rapids area since 1976. Our students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment that allows them to develop a love of learning through a balance of structure and play.

We are the only preschool in the area to offer a unique program for toddler and tween children to learn socialization, early classroom experience, and music time, which helps them gain independence while developing the academic skills that will carry them through their school years. These 2–3 year olds do not need to be potty trained to attend the toddler or tween class.

Children’s Workshop offers a variety of classes for your toddler through young 5-year-old, including an optional lunch hour and full-day classes to prepare your soon-to-be Kindergartner. Our teachers have an average of 16 years teaching experience and participate in both regional and national conferences where they are educated on the latest teaching tools and techniques.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Beth at [email protected].


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

Learn more about Children’s Workshop

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! Our variety of programs help us meet the needs of all learners. All NorthPointe teachers are certified.

We offer:
• Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds
• Young Fives
• 3 and 5 day Kindergarten
• Spanish Immersion and English Programs
• Nature-Based Outdoor Preschool
• Intergenerational Preschool (curriculum incorporates learning with grandfriends)
• Flexible Schedule Options, from 2 half days to 5 full days
• Before/After School Care (6:30 AM-6:00 PM)

Age Requirement:
2 years, 9 months at the age of enrollment. Mid-year enrollees welcome as space allows.

Learn more at one of our upcoming events or call for a personal tour!
Thursday, January 17th, 2019, 5:30 PM. – 7:30 PM – Pancakes and Preview
March 14th, 2019 – 6:30 PM – Preschool & Elementary Parent/Child Learning Lab
Event details available at:


3101 Leonard St. NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-942-0363WEBSITE | FACEBOOK


Ada Christian

Ada Christian School partners with parents to educate the whole child. With programming for 3’s, 4’s and Young 5’s, we nurture each student–mind, body and soul– in Christian community. By presenting each subject through a biblical perspective, students are given a platform to express how God is uniquely working in their lives.

Integrated Outdoor Education
For every student, in every grade, our 37-acre provides hands-on opportunities to interact with God’s creation. Students find meaning through working in gardens, feeding goats and chickens, exploring trails and experiencing life in our Native American and Homestead villages.

Before & After School Care
Starts at 7:40 AM; Ends at 6:00 PM
Choose the times that work best for your family

Preschool enrollment for 2018-2019 opens on Jan 7

Class details, curriculum and additional information is available on our website. Families interested in learning more about Ada Christian Preschool are invited to contact our Preschool Director, Jennifer Gormley (616-676-0254) for more information.

Come Visit!
Join us for our Open House on Jan 15 at 6:00 PM or call to schedule a personal tour. Come 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

orchard hill preschool

Open House Event for Summer/Fall of 2019 on Thursday, January 31st from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

Come and see our Nationally Accredited center offering morning preschool, full day Young Fives, Before and After School and Summer Programming. We’ve been serving the North West community for over 37 years!!


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

“We absolutely love the teachers and daycare employees there! My son is in preschool 3’s and still has next year for 4’s preschool and I already know I’ll be sad when he leaves them for kindergarten! Even my son talks about the teachers and how fun it is over and over! I am very happy with Orchard Hill program! Highly recommended.” 
Parent of Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Child Care Center
Learn more about Orchard Hill Christian Preschool and Child Care Center

west side christian

Worship, learning, community, and creation form the foundation of faith-based learning at WSCS. We invite you to discover how your child’s growth will be nurtured and developed within our preschool-8th grade school community! WSCS offers play-based 3s, 4s, 4s Nature Preschool, and Young 5s classes, with flexible scheduling options available.

Our Nature Preschool features the Playscape outdoor classroom. Students in all of our classes participate in outdoor educational experiences with our full-time Director of Outdoor Education in our onsite nature preserve, garden, and natural areas.

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

WSCS also hosts BUDS, regular gatherings for parents and their ‘buds’ ages 0-5, featuring a variety of 30-minute fun, free & educational drop-in classes, and Forest Homeschool, seasonally-based outdoor education classes for students 4-12.

Come check us out at our Early Childhood & Kindergarten Preview Night, January 10, at 6:30 PM.


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

Learn more about West Side Christian School

During the early years, children need a stimulating environment which will provide them with experiences that will aid them in developing to their full potential. Our goals are to provide experiences and activities which will enhance your child’s basic individual needs: spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual and physical.

Messiah Lutheran Preschool provides children with a wide variety of learning experiences. We offer a Christ-centered environment where your child will be free to explore and receive guidance in activities where he/she will be able to experience success.


Terrific Threes (Tues./Thurs. or Mon./Wed.  half day)
For children age 3 by September 1st, 2019
Class times are 8:45 AM -11:15 AM

Fantastic Fours (Mon./Tues./Thurs. half day)
For children age 4 by September 1st, 2019
Class times are: 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM or 12:15 PM to 3:00 PM

Fabulous Fives (Mon. through Thurs. half day)
For children age 5 by March 1st, 2020
Class times are: 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM

Please join us during one of our 2019 OPEN HOUSE DATES:
January 29th or March 19th from 6-7:30 PM.


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

Learn more about Messiah Lutheran Preschool

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

Our program offers the following:
• Daily Bible lessons including a weekly story, songs, prayer and memory verse including sign language
• Monthly theme units with corresponding instruction
• Free play time with choices including a housekeeping center, fine motor manipulatives, art center, math activities, and a hands-on texture table
• Circle time instruction, emphasizing days of the week, calendar, weather, colors, shapes, counting, name recognition, and a letter sound of the week using Zoophonics
• Indoor large motor activity room and fenced outdoor playground
• Emphasis on sharing, working together, taking turns, and growing in Christ

We offer morning programs (9:30-12:00) for 3 and 4 year old children. Class size is limited to 16 students with a degreed teacher and depending on class size, a teaching assistant.

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.

We at Our Savior Lutheran Preschool desire to provide a safe and loving atmosphere for your child. Enrollment opens in January for the fall and continues throughout the year.


1916 Ridgewood Ave. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-949-0710 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Our Savior Lutheran Preschool

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 – physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Our mission at Hudsonville Christian is to include all of God’s children and we will work with you to create a plan that works best for your child. We offer a variety of programs and schedules to meet your needs, including 3 School, 4 School, Nature Based 4 School, Young 5’s, and Kindergarten.

HCS also offers Kids’ Corner Childcare for HCS students in 3 School – 5th grade. Please visit for more information.

Join us at our Exploration Night on January 24! 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 24, 2019.

Hudsonville Christian is committed to partnering with parents to make a Christian education possible. Come talk to us about how we can invest in your child’s education together. Ask us how preschool at HCS can be free!


3435 Oak St | Hudsonville, MI  49426
616-669-7486 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Hudsonville Christian Preschool

Northwest Co-op Preschool offers a play-based, child-centered approach to preschool using nature as a guide. In collaboration with Blandford Nature Center, we offer full classroom days of outdoor exploration throughout the year, along with using natural elements as tools for learning and play inside.

We focus on teaching the whole child. Equal emphasis is placed on social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Experienced-based education encourages children’s creativity, helps them to become critical thinkers and promotes interest in life-long learning.

Another unique characteristic of our preschool is that parents are viewed as partners in the education of their child. Open since 1962, NW Co-op is a non-profit organization 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.

3-4 year old preschool- Tues. and Thurs. 9:15 AM-11:45 AM
4-5 year old preschool- Mon., Wed., Fri., 9:15 AM-11:45 AM

2019 Open Houses:
January 29th 6 PM-7:30 PM
February 27th 6 PM-7:30 PM
April 18th 6 PM-7:30 PM


1934 Bridge St. NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-730-1830 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Northwest Co-op 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, special child of God. 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 Thursday, January 31 and Wednesday, March 20 @ 6:30 PM. You will have an opportunity to talk with our teachers and visit the classrooms.

  • 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.
  • Our staff offers a loving, nurturing & creative world for your child to learn and grow.
  • 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

Grace Beginnings Preschool has offered a Christ centered preschool program for over 20 years, where children can learn and grow! Our program exceeds Michigan State Standards, providing a safe & nurturing learning environment for your child. We use an engaging curriculum to excite and prepare your child for kindergarten.

Our students learn through a play-based curriculum at Grace Beginnings. Play is an essential part of early learning in young children. It is the primary way that young learners explore and make sense of the world around them. Play offers children the opportunity to set up pretend real life scenarios where they can practice, share and learn the skills they need for real life. Through their play, children learn about language and literacy, mathematical and scientific concepts, and how to make, build, design and record their ideas.

Our day is structured to allow ample free play time, as well as a more structured small group time. Our small group time is where we further explore the children’s interests that arise in play. The children will meet once a week for chapel where they will further learn about God’s amazing word.

Class Offerings:

Three-Year-Old Class
Tuesday, and Thursday
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM.
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM*

Four- Year-Old Class
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM*
*Afternoon Session are subject to enrollment numbers.

Open Enrollment Begins January 7, 2019

Open House: January 24, 2018 5:00- 7:00 PM

Or call to schedule a family tour!


150 50th Street SW | Wyoming, MI 49548
616-534-0805 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Grace Beginnings Preschool

Grace Church Preschool

Come Join Our Family at Grace Church Preschool!

Our program builds strong relationships with our families, and creates a warm and loving relationship for our little ones to learn! The children in our program explore through play and meaningful connections with the world around them. We believe that a strong social-emotional foundation allows children to flourish as they grow!

We offer a multi-age preschool room and a Young Fives program to prepare children for kindergarten through developmentally appropriate curriculum. This Young Fives program includes a daily enrichment hour of Art, PE, Spanish and Music. Call us today for more information.

Preschool Class Days and Times:
MWF Mornings – 9:00-11:30
MWF All Day 9:00-3:00
T/TH Mornings – 9:00-11:30
T/TH All Day 9:00-3:00
M-F All Day 9:00-3:00
M-TH Young Fives 9:00-3:00

Enrollment begins on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Call us soon to set up a visit as our classes fill up quickly!


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

Learn more about Grace Church Preschool

Legacy Christian School is a Christ-centered, family community where children are encouraged to grow socially, academically and most importantly, spiritually. All of our teachers love and serve Jesus and are dedicated to nurturing each student to further develop their God-given gifts. The variety of programs we offer helps us to meet the needs of all learners.

We offer:

· Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds
· Young 5’s
· Five day Kindergarten
· Spanish Immersion and English programs
· Flexible schedule options – 2 or 3 day / AM & PM classes

Age Requirements:

· 3 year old Preschool – must be 3 by Sept 1, 2019
· 4 year old Preschool – must be 4 by Sept 1, 2019
· Young 5’s – must be 5 by Jan 15, 2020
· Kindergarten – must be 5 by Sept 1, 2019

Preschool, Young 5’s and Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, January 7, 2019.

We would love to give you a personal tour so you can experience what happens in the classroom and see all that Legacy has to offer your child and your family!


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

Learn more about Legacy Christian School

New Branches Charter Academy offers Great Start Readiness Program preschool to 4-year-olds and provides:

– An environmental education
– Rigorous learning
– Positive learning environment
– Strong character education program


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

Learn more about New Branches Charter Academy

st mark preschool

At Saint Mark, children are nurtured in an environment built on the foundation of God’s love, providing classrooms 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 through teacher directed activities, centers, dramatic play and hands-on discovery.

“Get Set for School” by Learning Without Tears forms our curriculum foundation. It provides developmentally appropriate learning objectives for three core areas: Language & Literacy, Numbers & Math, Readiness & Writing. Creative themes enrich the play based learning environment.

Our facility includes 6 classrooms, a gym and outdoor playground. Children play and learn in a variety of spaces and enjoy large muscle play indoors or outside.

Bridge (young 5’s) and 4’s classes enjoy these “specials”: Music, Art, Library and Chapel once/month and science lab weekly.

Families are important to us; therefore we facilitate family fellowship through a variety of events. The Pumpkin Pajama Party, Children’s Christmas Worship, Cabin Fever Family Gym Time and “Moms Connect” are examples of activities offered.

We offer a limited amount of tuition assistance for families who qualify.


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

Learn more about Saint Mark Preschool

Come and explore West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science’s new nature-based preschool program – opening fall of 2019! Our diverse ecosystems bring Michigan’s curriculum to life for an education like no other. From forests to prairies and ponds to meadows, our campus puts learning at our students’ fingertips. Preschoolers will be able to discover the world around them through our hands-on, outdoor learning.

At West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, we do more than tell our students to recycle – we educate them about the impact they have on their environment, and we provide compost bins, mixed recycling containers, and paper gators. Our new elementary building is energy efficient and well insulated. We ask our students to do their share at school and at home to ensure they manage energy and waste responsibly.

Call today or visit our website to schedule a tour and reserve your child’s spot at WMAES!


4463 Leonard St. NW | Walker, MI 49534
616-791-7454 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

We are an NAEYC accredited Program where children learn through play! Our program provides both structure and freedom, which allows the child to explore, develop and grow emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. We offer many different programs starting with Young Threes and going to Young Fives we also offer a lunch bunch program and multi age enrichment program to extend your child’s day. Our Open House is January 14th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM with open enrollment following on our website on January 11th at 8:00 AM. Email us at [email protected] to learn more!


2345 Robinson Rd SE | Grand Rapids MI 49506
616-459-7386WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Mayflower Preschool 



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

Open Houses–January 23 & April 18, 2019
6:30-7:30 PM
Or call for a family tour.

Email us at [email protected]


601 36th Street SW | Wyoming MI 49509 (just west of the 131 expressway)
616-608-4006WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about AnchorPoint Christian Preschool

Ada Village Preschool is proud to be nationally accredited by NAEYC, since 1993. We offer half day programs for three, four and five year old children. Our preschool provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating 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 every child. Our play-based curriculum addresses children’s individual educational and developmental needs, strengths and abilities.

Our Alumni Registration is on Monday, January 14, beginning at 9:00 AM. Our Public Registration begins at 6:00 PM, on Monday, January 14, with an on-line enrollment. The enrollment form can be found on our website,, beginning on January 14. Please email us at [email protected] or call our preschool office at 616-676-3576, to receive more information or schedule a personal tour!


6330 Ada Drive SE | Ada, MI 49301 (located in the Ada Congregational Church)
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
“I am thrilled with Ada Village Preschool! My daughter has blossomed and LOVES school. The teachers are highly trained and are very caring and nurturing. The curriculum is age-appropriate and very creative. Movement activities are emphasized inside and outdoors. AVP is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. I give this school a superior ranking!” 
Lauren Gignac

ISJ Academy provides affordable Christian education that address the whole person- body, mind & spirit. Our experienced, caring teachers and family atmosphere give children a strong foundation in learning that will last a lifetime. ISJ Academy Preschool offers full and part time options along with before and after care to accommodate a variety of parent scheduling needs.

Tuition rates are as follows:
Full time tuition: $110/wk
Part time tuition: $75/wk
After care rate: $25/wk


2066 Oakwood NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49505
616-363-0505 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about ISJ ACADEMY

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities inspiring young people across West Michigan to grow in faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. Scholarships are available.


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

Learn more about Catholic Schools – Diocese of Grand Rapids

Stepping Stones Montessori was established in 1983 by a group of dedicated parents. It continues today with a Parent Board and functions as a non-profit. Our programs currently serve children from the age of 12 weeks to 15 years of age. Stepping Stones Montessori is a member of the American Montessori Society. Many of our faculty are active members of the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA).

Stepping Stones Montessori School nurtures global citizens and guides each child to realize their unique potential. We sustain an environment that enables each child to thrive as a life-long learner who is self-directed and responsible, self-confident and respectful, and self-aware and globally-conscious.


1110 College Ave, NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-791-7454 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about Stepping Stones Montessori School

Noah’s Ark Prekindergarten at Dutton Christian provides a Christ-centered educational experience with programs for three and four-year-olds, two and three days per week.

New for 2019-20: Nature-based four-year-old class where students spend a majority of their learning in our outdoor playscape!

Extended Care is offered before and after prekindergarten classes in space designed for continued exploration with times for lunch and rest.

Prekindergarten Open House: Thursday, January 17 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Enrollment applications are available January 7. For best class availability, submit your application by January 31. Beginning February 1, open spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.


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

Learn more about Dutton Christian Noah’s Ark PreKindergarten

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. We have a 4 star rating through Great Start to Quality.


7495 Cascade Road | Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Learn more about Forest Hills Presbyterian Preschool

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. It is developmentally appropriate and fosters social, emotional, physical, and linguistic growth. Our learning environment inspires 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. Our goal is for each child to leave preschool with enhanced knowledge, independence, self-confidence, creativity, self-control and a love for learning.


1700 Woodward Ave. SE | Grand Rapids, MI  49506

Learn more about Eastminster Preschool

maple tree preschool

Maple Tree Preschool has been preparing children for a lifelong love of learning for 39 years! Call for a tour (616-534-5465) or go on a virtual tour! 2019-2020 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, January 12, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
• Monday,February 4, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


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


We provide an educational environment prepared for the appropriate developmental level of the young child, incorporating freedom within limits and guided by careful observation of the work the child does in the construction of self. The collaboration of home and school is essential in the development of the whole child.


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

Learn more about Montessori Connections Preschool

st stephen catholic school

Using the Creative Curriculum as a guide, our teachers create sensory-rich classrooms that inspire preschoolers to investigate the world around them. Through play, students explore a variety of subjects including music, art, and science. We offer childcare, three-day-a-week, three-year-old preschool and four-day-a-week, four-year-old preschool, competitive tuition, and financial aid.


740 Gladstone Dr. SE | East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-243-8998  x206 | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Learn more about St. Stephen Catholic School

The Goddard School offers the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. 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.


1544 Macnider Rd SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-954-7550
5820 Bayberry Farms Dr | Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-202-2777

Learn more about THE GODDARD SCHOOL

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 Zeeland.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Ottawa (Ottawa Area ISD) | 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 $62,750).

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Kent (Kent ISD) | Families qualify for free preschool based on income or other factors such as special needs 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

Adventures Learning Centers | Locations in Caledonia 616-891-7950 and Kentwood 616-301-2030
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 | Locations in Byron Center, Holland, and Kentwood | 877-624-2602
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 | 616-956-0586
Hudsonville Public School Early Childhood Program | 5535 School Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-797-0842
Kelloggsville Early Childhood Center | 977 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-532-1585
Kenowa Hills Early Childhood Center | 3971 Richmond Ct NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 | 616-647-0910
Kidz in Motion Preschool | 1391 Gezon Parkway, Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-726-7979
Lamont Christian School | 5260 Leonard Rd., Coopersville, MI 49404 | 616-677-1757
Learning Ship Christian Preschool | 2900 Baldwin Street, Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-662-2107
Little Lambs Cooperative Preschool | 7248 68th St SE, Alto, MI 49316 | 616-554-3350
Milestones Child Development Center | Locations in Caledonia 616-536-2520, Belmont 616-361-0191, Cascade 616-942-5002
New Branches Charter Academy | 3662 Poinsettia Ave SE Grand Rapids MI 49508 | 616-243-6221
New Community Preschool | 2340 Dean Lake Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 | 616-361-9780
Northview Preschool | 3880 Stuyvesant Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525| 616-361-3470
St Peters Lutheran Preschool | 310 E Division St NE, Rockford, MI 49341 | 616-866-3700
St Thomas the Apostle Catholic School | 1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-458-4228
Treasure Tree Preschool | 5353 Wilson Avenue SW, Wyoming, MI 49418 | 616-532-8827
The Goddard School | Locations in Cascade 616-818-7230 and Southwest 616-425-5966
Tutor Time | Locations in Cascade, Grand Rapids and Jenison | 866-737-5385
Wyoming Public Schools Preschool | 1840 38th St. SW, Wyoming MI 49519 | 616-530-7525

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