Where to Find Young Fives for Your Kid in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Young Fives programs are important to many families.
My son is an “old” 5-year-old, so deciding whether to put him into Young Fives last year was a tough. However, seeing his growth in Young Fives, both personally and academically, showed me that holding him back a year was the best choice my husband and I could have ever made for him.
He just wasn’t ready, so pushing him into Kindergarten just because he was of age would have had negative affects on him as he started school. And of course, as his parents, we want to set him up for success!
Young Fives. Development 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. Check with the public schools in your area, and use our Private and Charter school list below 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 gigantic 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.
Greater Grand Rapids Young 5s Programs | 2019-2020
Goddard School – Pre-K Program
National Heritage Academies – Chandler Woods, Cross Creek Charter Academy, Excel Charter Academy, Knapp Charter, Ridge Park Charter Academy, River City Scholars, Vanguard Charter Academy, Vista Charter Academy, Walker Charter Academy
All Saints Academy – Fabulous 4’s and 5’s Program
Immanuel St. James Lutheran – Pre-K Program
Northern Greater Grand Rapids
ISJ Academy – Pre K Program
Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford – Developmental Kindergarten
Eastern Greater Grand Rapids
Ada Village Preschool – Pre K Program
Children’s Workshop Preschool – Pre K Program
Southern Greater Grand Rapids
Byron Center Christian – Junior Kindergarten
Legacy Christian – Developmental Kindergarten
St. Mark Lutheran School – Bridge Program
Western Greater Grand Rapids
Grandville Christian – Polkadot Garden
Lamont Christian – Pre-K Program
Borculo Christian– Pre-K Program