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Within a safe, Christ-centered environment, preschool and Young Fives 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.


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

Multiple Locations

AppleTree Early Care and Preschool

Goddard School – Pre-K Program

Grand Rapids Christian School

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

Grand Rapids

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

Grace Episcopal

Immanuel St. James Lutheran – Pre-K Program

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Our Savior Lutheran

Northern Greater Grand Rapids

ISJ Academy – Pre K Program

New Community

NorthPointe Christian

Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford – Developmental Kindergarten

Eastern Greater 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. Stephen Catholic School

Southern Greater Grand Rapids

Byron Center Christian – Junior Kindergarten

Creative Play Station Christian

Dutton Christian School

Legacy Christian – Developmental Kindergarten

Milestones Child Development Center

Moline Christian

St. Mark Lutheran School – Bridge Program

Zion Christian

Western Greater Grand Rapids

Grandville Christian – Polkadot Garden

Hudsonville Christian

Lamont Christian – Pre-K Program

Maple Tree Preschool

St John Vianney Catholic School

West Side Christian

The Lakeshore

Borculo Christian– Pre-K Program

Horizon Complex

Zeeland Christian School

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By |2019-01-13T19:58:26+00:00January 6th, 2019|Categories: Education, Elementary, Preschool|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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  1. Liz Peters January 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    St. Robert Catholic School will offer young 5s starting in the fall of 2019. This will be a Monday through Thursday full day program (8-3).

  2. Jennifer January 7, 2019 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science also has a free young 5s program, M-F all day.

  3. Ashlee July 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    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).

  4. Steph Sneller
    Steph Sneller April 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    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).

  5. Kelly Van Dyke January 12, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Kenowa Hills Public schools offers a free young fives program. It is offered at each of the elementary buildings and runs all day everyday Monday through Friday!

    • Jeannnette Harter February 5, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Will an out of district child be able to Enroll? Grandparents live in kenowa hills

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