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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Straight Preschool 
(616) 819-3140
850 Chatham Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI  49504
School age after school programs offer many opportunities for children to connect with others. When looking for child care in Grand Rapids, parents should consider what sort of support is provided through after school programs at some daycare facilities and preschools. ...
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Campau Head Start Child Care Center 
(616) 452-9423
2626 Walker Avenue Nw, Grand Rapids, MI  49544
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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Kiddie Castle Child Care 
(616) 361-2051
1060 Dorroll Street Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49505
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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Generations Child Development Center 
(616) 940-4049
3600 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
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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Pyramid Montessori School 
(616) 956-0466
5125 Cascade Road Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
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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Oodles & Noodles Daycare 
(616) 954-3660
2750 Birchcrest Drive Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
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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Immanuel-St James Lutheran Pre-School 
(616) 363-0505
2066 Oakwood Avenue Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49505
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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John Knox Presbyterian Church 
(616) 455-5060
4150 Kalamazoo Avenue 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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The Creative Learning Center 
(616) 956-5558
3972 Rowland Drive Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
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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Alphabet Soup Day Care Center 
(616) 222-1222
1708 Leonard Street Ne, Grand Rapids, MI  49505
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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Our Savior Lutheran School 
(616) 949-0710
1916 Ridgewood Avenue Se, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
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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All Aboard The Learning Train CDC 
(616) 453-4449
11260 Northwest 8th Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI  49534
For child care in Grand Rapids it is important to ensure that your child will be receiving an organized and challenging curriculum, a warm, clean and safe environment, and teachers who are experienced. ...
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