Information for Parents about Grand Rapids MI Child Care

Selecting Local Grand Rapids Child Care Centers, Preschools and Daycare

Providers of child care in Grand Rapids MI encourage you to visit the preschool by scheduling a tour. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time and include items such as: philosophy and learning approach, classroom size, hours and schedules, admissions process, meals provided, parent participation requirements, daycare program information, fees and tuition. If the child care in Grand Rapids MI already has a 2-page profile with ChildCare Smiles then you will be able to review and print most of this information ahead of time, including preschool photos. This will then enable you to focus on the visual aspects, interactions with the Director and teachers, and general feelings about the daycare when you visit. An important consideration when visiting a Grand Rapids child care facility is to ensure that your child will be receiving a well-organized and challenging curriculum, a warm, safe and clean environment, and teachers who are experienced and ideally have long tenure. When you visit a Grand Rapids child care center don't forget to take your child with you and observe how he/she reacts in this new environment. Also, take the time to observe how the other children interact with each other and the teachers. A happy school is a healthy school for daycare children and staff at Grand Rapids daycare centers. Daycare facilities are noisy, high energy places and a typical day requires a child to be at 100% capacity. When children are not feeling well and struggling to keep up, the school environment can be overwhelming for them. For this reason, centers that provide child care in Grand Rapids MI will have guidelines for parents to follow in determining if a child is too sick for school. In the event that your child becomes ill, Grand Rapids childcare centers will require you or your designated emergency contacts to pick up your child within a specified time period e.g. 30 minutes. Although daycare centers in Grand Rapids MI recognize that picking up your child during the day may create a hardship, it is in the child's best interest. Grand Rapids daycare centers also recommend that if your child is ill, then please keep them home until they are no longer contagious and are able to actively participate at school, inside and out.
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All Aboard The Learning Train CDC 
(616) 453-4449
11260 Northwest 8th Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI  49534
Summer camps are often a great way for kids to spend their summer breaks. Many local preschools and daycare centers that provide child care in Grand Rapids will have well-organized camps with appropriate adult supervision. ...
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Forest Hills Presbyterian Pre-School 
(616) 957-3239
7495 Cascade Road Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
Many Grand Rapids child care and daycare centers provide after school age care options. These programs can be very beneficial for assisting children to complete their homework and have great social interaction as well as physical exercise activities. ...
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St James Catholic Church & Preschool 
(616) 454-2567
750 1st Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
Most Grand Rapids child care centers require an upfront, non-refundable registration fee for your child to be enrolled. In addition there may be a re-enrollment fee each year. Often there are sibling discounts available for multiple children. ...
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Kentwood Child Development Center 
(616) 455-5710
5841 Kalamazoo Avenue Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49508
For child care in Grand Rapids on your child's first two days 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. ...
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Brilliant Beginnings Child Development Center 
(616) 452-7230
2306 McKee Avenue Sw, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Grand Rapids child care centers and preschools offer many different learning approaches and combinations for parents to consider including Montessori, Play Based, Developmental and Teacher Led, Waldorf, Structured Learning with Play, Reggio Emilia and Piaget. ...
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Westminster Child Development Center 
(616) 458-8480
47 Jefferson Avenue Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Most Grand Rapids child care centers provide hands-on, developmentally appropriate programs that foster a child's development in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language. This is particularly important to encourage children to become active learners. ...
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Ridgemoor Early Childhood Center 
(616) 819-2950
2555 Inverness Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
Most Grand Rapids child care centers provide hands-on, developmentally appropriate programs that foster a child's development in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language. This is particularly important to encourage children to become active learners. ...
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Alphabet Soup Day Care Center 
(616) 222-1222
1708 Leonard Street Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49505
Many providers of child care in Grand Rapids offer flexible before and after school care options for busy parents. Local preschools and daycare centers will have their own guidelines for drop-off and pickup. ...
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Harrison Park Preschool 
(616) 819-2565
1440 Davis Nw, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
For low income families looking for child care in Grand Rapids there are government sponsored or subsidized programs available at some preschools and daycare facilities. You can check directly with the center or go to your State Government resources to find local providers. ...
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St Anthony's School ELC 
(616) 453-4062
2510 Richmond Street Nw, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
If your child is enrolling in a Grand Rapids childcare center, along with required medical records and registration and material fees, parents submit completed information and permission forms provided in an enrollment package. ...
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Hill Child Development Center 
(616) 456-7509
330 Crescent Street Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
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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Cascade Christian Pre-School 
(616) 949-9963
2829 Thornapple River Drive, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
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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