Young 5s Programs Near Grand Rapids for 2021-2022 School Year

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Where to Find Young 5s Programs Near Grand Rapids

My son has a July birthday, and my husband and I are currently on the fence about sending him to Young Fives or Kindergarten in the Fall.  While we do feel he is academically ready, we are unsure if he is emotionally ready.  That’s why I am researching Young Fives programs in West Michigan.

Many of my friends who put their kids in young fives have said that giving their kids this extra year to grow both personally and academically was the best choice they could have ever made.

Pushing my son into Kindergarten next year just because of his age is not the right answer. I want school to be a positive place. And, of course, as his parents, we want to set him up for success!

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Grand Rapids Young Fives programs are important to many families.

Young Fives. Developmental Kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten. Pre-Kindergarten. Whatever you call it, these programs have been a life saver for kids who aren’t quite ready to start kindergarten in the fall. Young Fives offers a little more structure than preschool, and their curriculum guides your child to kindergarten readiness.

Although many public schools have stopped offering Young Fives, some offer an all day, every day program. Many families, however, have turned to private and charter schools for more flexible Young Fives programs.

Grand Rapids Young 5s Programs | 2021-2022

Check with the public schools in your area, and use our private and charter school list here to weigh your options as you decide what best suits your child’s needs.

Thinking another year of traditional preschool would be best for your child? Find just the right place in our mega GRKIDS preschool guide.

Do you know of a Grand Rapids area charter or private school offering a Young Fives program that is not listed below? Please let us know in the comments.

Young 5s Programs with Multiple Locations

AppleTree Early Care and Preschool

Goddard School – Pre-K Program

Grand Rapids Christian School – Grand Rapids and Rockford locations

National Heritage Academies – Chandler Woods, Cross Creek Charter Academy, Excel Charter Academy, Knapp Charter, Ridge Park Charter Academy, River City Scholars, Vanderbilt Charter Academy, Vanguard Charter Academy, Vista Charter Academy, Walker Charter Academy

Grand Rapids Young 5s Programs

All Saints Academy – Fabulous 4’s and 5’s Program

Grace Episcopal

Holy Spirit Catholic School

Immanuel St. James Lutheran – Pre-K Program

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School

Our Savior Lutheran

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Young 5s North of Grand Rapids

ISJ Academy – Pre-K Program

New Community

NorthPointe Christian

Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford

Young 5s East of Grand Rapids

Ada Christian

Ada Village Preschool – Pre-K Program

Canterbury Creek Farm School

Children’s Workshop Preschool – Pre-K Program

Eastminster Preschool

Forest Hills Presbyterian Preschool

Mayflower Preschool

St. Robert’s Catholic School

St. Stephen Catholic School

Southern Grand Rapids Young 5s

Byron Center Christian – Junior Kindergarten

Creative Play Station Christian

Dutton Christian School – Early 5’s

Legacy Christian

Milestones Child Development Center

Moline Christian

St. Mark Lutheran School

Zion Christian – Pre-Kindergarten

Young 5s West of Grand Rapids

Grandville Christian – Junior Kindergarten

Horizon Complex

Hudsonville Christian

Lamont Christian – Pre-K Program

Maple Tree Preschool

St John Vianney Catholic School

West Side Christian

West Michigan Lakeshore Area Young 5s

Borculo Christian– Pre-K Program

Holland Christian School – Junior Kindergarten

Zeeland Christian School

10 thoughts on “Young 5s Programs Near Grand Rapids for 2021-2022 School Year”

  1. The Goddard School on Knapp’s Corner is opening an AMAZING young 5s program next month for those starting Kindergarten this fall. It is going to be a great little refresher for my young 5 little boy who I started in K this year, but had to pull him. He just wasn’t ready, but I was looking for something for a few months before starting him again and found this place! Check them out!

    1. Kentwood Public Schools offer several Young 5’s Programs and are very good programs for those parents wanting to have their child have another year to grow and develop at their own pace before entering the rigor of Kindergarten. They provide bussing for in person learning if needed as well. They are currently offering a choice for families as well; in-person or online with a teacher and the class as a whole, and one to one, or “small group” options on top of the daily multiple group lessons throughout the day. I know many friends who have sent their children there and love it.

  2. Creative PlayStation Christian Preschool in Allegan has a wonderful Y5s program (MWF 1/2 days). My son was starting to read before Kindergarten with their program! Zion Christian in Byron Center also has a Y5 program (2 full-days/wk).

  3. Dutton Christian School has a Young 5’s Kindergarten (5 half-days) in addition to a progressive Kindergarten (starts with a MWF schedule, then adds Tuesdays mid year, before eventually adding Thursdays as well).

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