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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St Mark Lutheran School & Preschool 
(616) 281-7892
1934 52nd Street Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49508
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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Whistle Stop Child Care 
(616) 458-5560
2023 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
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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Learn and Grow Child Care Center 
(616) 241-6811
3281 Kentland Court Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49548
Some providers of child care in Grand Rapids require a minimum level of parent involvement including volunteering at activities or help with special events. This is often a great way to meet other parents as well as enrich your child's learning experience. ...
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Straight Preschool 
(616) 819-3140
850 Chatham Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
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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Mayflower Preschool 
(616) 459-7386
2345 Robinson Road Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
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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Cascade Christian Pre-School 
(616) 949-9963
2829 Thornapple River Drive, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
Many daycare and childcare providers in Grand Rapids provide opportunities for parents to participate in their little one's world by bringing the events of that daily world to the parents through ongoing communication, and through periodic opportunities to volunteer to help or attend a special event at the school. ...
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Oodles & Noodles Daycare 
(616) 954-3660
2750 Birchcrest Drive Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
For child care in Grand Rapids parents should always visit the center, preferably with your child before making a choice. In most cases you should call ahead to schedule a tour and to meet the directors and staff. ...
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Pyramid Montessori School 
(616) 956-0466
5125 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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Alphabet Soup Day Care Center 
(616) 222-1222
1708 Leonard Street Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49505
There are many ways a parent can search for child care in Grand Rapids including finding daycare centers or preschools that are close to work, school or home. Be sure to ask about parking at the center. ...
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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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Sacred Heart Day Care & Preschool 
(616) 458-4176
1200 Dayton Street Sw, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
Childcare programs in Grand Rapids are designed to connect with each child on many levels. The foundation of a child's learning is not only preparation for kindergarten, but also for life. Many strive to balance a school program with age appropriate play, teacher support and environment. ...
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Appletree Christian Learning Center 
(616) 447-7837
1935 Monroe Avenue Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Before visiting a Grand Rapids child care center, parents should make a checklist of all the items they would like to cover during the center tour. There is a checklist available in the Resources section of the ChildCare Smiles website. ...
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