Information for Parents about Grand Rapids MI Child Care

Operational Guidelines for Preschools, Daycare and Child Care in Grand Rapids MI

Generally, before starting in a Grand Rapids child care program, parents must complete all paperwork and submit it prior or on the child's first day. Sometimes a Physicians Report may take longer to obtain, and a grace period (e.g. 30 days) may be provided if extra time is needed to arrange a doctor's appointment. The doctor's report will typically identify completed vaccinations, allergies and any conditions that will require special handling. For daycare and child care in Grand Rapids MI, if these forms are not completed it may result in your child's enrollment being suspended. It is important that parents keep their information up to date at the local Grand Rapids child care office. If you move, change jobs, or phone numbers, or if your emergency contacts should change phone numbers, please let the preschool office know. Parents should review their authorized pick up lists to ensure that it is current in the event that you send someone to pick up your child from preschools or child care in Grand Rapids MI. Even if you send someone to pick up your child, you will have to call the daycare center even if that person is on your child's emergency pick up list.To get your child off to a great start at a daycare in Grand Rapids MI, talk to your child about daycare and all the great things to look forward to. Tell him or her about the wonderful things they are going to explore. Children often enjoy being able to go to the store for a lunchbox and school bag before school begins. Many Grand Rapids daycare centers will offer opportunities for your child to visit before your child starts. Tell your child the teacher's name and remind her/him that you will be coming to pick them up at the end of the day. Separation is natural and affects different children in different ways. For providers of childcare in Grand Rapids MI, on your child's first two days of daycare, plan to have your child leave earlier than their normal schedule. Several hours can be a very long time to a child in a new situation. Most Grand Rapids child care centers will allow you to make arrangements so that you can spend time in the classroom with them. When it is time to leave, please give your child a clear goodbye. The teachers will take over and engage your child and start developing a relationship and comforting them. Also many daycares in Grand Rapids MI will encourage you to check on your child's progress, so feel free to do so!
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Messiah Lutheran Preschool 
(616) 363-2553
2727 Five Mile Road Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49525
A large number of Grand Rapids child care providers, preschools and daycare centers will provide morning and afternoon snacks which vary between any combination of fruit, veggies, milk, graham crackers, juice, muffins, cheese, and other nutritional foods. ...
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Pyramid Montessori School 
(616) 956-0466
5125 Cascade Road Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
Grand Rapids child care providers often incorporate a daily learning approach and development plans that are carefully crafted to provide a safe environment for children to develop and learn through creative play, age appropriate lesson materials and teacher support and guidance. ...
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Explore & Grow Christian Child Care Center 
(616) 455-0690
1200 60th Street Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49508
When considering child care in Grand Rapids, the child to adult ratio is an important measure because it potentially impacts the level of individual attention your child will receive. Lower child to adult ratios are preferable. ...
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Westminster Child Development Center 
(616) 458-8480
47 Jefferson Avenue Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
There are many safety and security features to protect your children at Grand Rapids child care centers and preschools. Some of these include sign in/out sheets, automatic locking doors with key code access, security cameras and background checks for staff. ...
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Woodcliff Preschool and East Grand Rapids Child Care 
(616) 235-7595
2915 Hall Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
When considering child care in Grand Rapids, the child to adult ratio is an important measure because it potentially impacts the level of individual attention your child will receive. Lower child to adult ratios are preferable. ...
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St Anthony's School ELC 
(616) 453-4062
2510 Richmond Street Nw, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
There are many safety and security features to protect your children at Grand Rapids child care centers and preschools. Some of these include sign in/out sheets, automatic locking doors with key code access, security cameras and background checks for staff. ...
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Reach Head Start Child Care Center 
(616) 774-0766
551 Henry Avenue Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Infant child care in Grand Rapids can be a great alternative for working parents. Some providers offer care for infants as early as six weeks of age and offer both full and half day infant care programs. ...
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Northwest Cooperative Preschool 
(616) 791-4140
1934 Bridge Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
Some centers offer potty training, however an extra fee may be involved. For local Grand Rapids child care centers, parents should ask about potty training requirements and whether children who are not potty-trained will be accommodated. ...
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Oxford Learning Center 
(616) 975-0897
4551 Cascade Road Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
A nutritious breakfast, snack and lunch each day that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables may be provided by some local preschools and child care facilities. Some even provide homemade meals. ...
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Harrison Park Preschool 
(616) 819-2565
1440 Davis Nw, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
Parents are welcome to volunteer to help with special school events and outings, for example, a Thanksgiving feast, or field trips. Many Grand Rapids childcare providers, preschools and daycare centers support an open door policy, and invite parents to drop in any time to observe. ...
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Marywood Head Start 
(616) 454-8874
2023 East Fulton Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
When you contact or visit a child care in Grand Rapids please keep in mind that the busiest time of the day are early morning, lunch/nap time and end of day. Call ahead to schedule a visit time. ...
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St Mark Lutheran School & Preschool 
(616) 281-7892
1934 52nd Street Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49508
Most preschools and daycare centers that provide child care in Grand Rapids have an open door policy and invite parents to stop by any time. There are usually a number of opportunities for parents either to attend special events, or volunteer to help by donating time, talent and/or a snack or dish to ongoing school events. ...
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