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2016 Preschool Guide For Greater Kalamazoo

Preschool Guide 2016-2

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This year’s preschool preview is brought to you by our Title Sponsor – AppleTree and Gilden Woods K-Prep Preschool. We thank them and the other preschools listed here for their continued support of KZOOkids.com.


All About Greater Kalamazoo Area Preschools

Use our guide to learn more about a preschool’s programs, policies and enrollment requirements. To use our guide, click on the arrows to the left and in the table below.

*this is a paid advertising section of KZOOkids.com



AppleTree and Gilden Woods K-Prep Preschool












Our K-Prep program offers age specific curriculum for 3 year olds, 4 year olds, and Young 5’s. We understand that preschoolers need the freedom to explore, inquire, and engage. That’s why our approach is so effective. We provide a developmentally-appropriate environment for hands-on learning that’s stimulating and fun, so your child can grow, play, and learn at their own pace. They’ll love engaging in art, music, movement and circle time – and you’ll love the confidence and mastery they develop.

Families can choose from full-time or part-time schedules along with before- and after-school care from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack are served daily and fun enrichment programs, including fitness, music, Spanish, and Tech Time, are included in tuition. In addition, we now feature STEM curriculum to promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education.

The K-Prep program utilizes a winning combination of industry-respected curriculum and our own proprietary learning tools. This blend provides our preschoolers and Young 5’s with dynamic, well-rounded developmental and academic objectives and a strong foundation for Kindergarten Readiness. Our goal is to teach your child essential social, emotional and academic skills needed for future school success. That’s why we focus on these key areas:

  • Language and literacy
  • Cognitive
  • Social-Emotional
  • Physical

Call the school nearest you to schedule a tour and see how our unique environment, curriculum, and programming can help your preschooler be fully prepared for Kindergarten by learning and having fun every day! Registration is now open!



The Montessori School






The Montessori School offers primary education for children ages 3 to 6. Learn more about the specifics below.

  • Offered at our Richland and Kalamazoo campuses
  • Monday through Friday, 9am-noon
  • 9-month and 12-month programs
  • Before- and after-school care available
  • 1:10 adult-to-child ratio
  • Cooking, sewing, music, gardening, outdoor time, and more!

The most important time for learning is the period between birth and six years of age. Children are eager to learn from new people and experiences. They absorb all the environment has to offer and it is our responsibility to ensure the world they experience is rich, safe, nurturing, and intelligent. The foundation of self-esteem and all future learning is constructed during these early years and the Primary Program is designed to take advantage of this powerful, formative period.

In the primary classroom, your child will be introduced to many different concepts and will learn both through observing and through direct interaction with our beautifully crafted materials.

  • Children learn to bake, sew, wash dishes, sweep, pour, and more with our lessons in Practical Life.
  • Activities that appeal and refine the senses are the focus of our Sensorial Exercises.
  • Your child will learn size, shape, composition, texture, temperature, weight, loudness or softness, and many other qualities as he or she works with these materials.
  • Language is taught through a specific progression of lessons that engage the senses–children learn letters and sounds through seeing, hearing, and touching them–and through immersion in a linguistically rich classroom environment.
  • Our Mathematics materials are designed to teach your child not only how, but why. Math is hands-on and our lessons teach number values and math operations though concrete materials that children touch and manipulate.
  • Lessons in Grace and Courtesy begin on the first day of school and are reinforced throughout the Primary level. Learning to respect one’s own work and the work of others, to wait one’s turn, and to handle materials gently and put them away neatly after using them–these and other lessons in Grace and Courtesy are essential to maintaining a quiet, respectful, and nurturing environment and to raising respectful and capable children.



  • ADDRESSES: Kalamazoo Campus – 750 Howard Street Kalamazoo, MI 49008 and Richland Campus – 6274 N. 32nd Street Richland, MI 49083
  • PHONE: 269-349-3248


Kazoo School


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Kazoo School’s day begins at 8 am. Families that choose the half day option pick their child up at 11:15 am, and full day students stay until 3:15 pm. Families may choose to sign up for 3 days or 5 days per week. Kazoo’s program is part of the larger school that extends through eighth grade. Preschool students interact with older students as well as their peers.

The educational program of the Kazoo School Preschool focuses on children’s interests, the creative arts (visual arts, music, drama, movement), imaginative play, themes and project work, outdoor play, storytelling, nature exploration, and conflict resolution skill development.

Kazoo School Preschool reflects the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, which understands that children are already competent learners! Children are encouraged to follow their interests. Teachers come along side the students, bringing new materials and experiences into the classroom to inspire and support learning.

Children must be 3 years old by September 30th. Admission is based on availability of enrollment slots. A non-refundable reservation deposit ensures your child’s enrollment for the upcoming school year. A tuition contract defines payment terms and obligations.


  • ADDRESS: 1401 Cherry Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • PHONE: 269-345-3239


St. Augustine Cathedral School & St. Monica Catholic School


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St. Augustine Cathedral School and St. Monica Catholic School are fully -licensed preschools for 3 and 4 years olds. Both preschools offer a Transitional Kindergarten program as well.

Our Catholic preschools incorporate The Catechesis of The Good Shepard as a central component of the curriculum. Additionally our curriculum follows the Michigan standards for early childhood education.

The preschool programs at St. Augustine Cathedral School and St. Monica Catholic School offer full and half day options for 3,4, and 5 year old children. Extended day enrichment is available Monday- Friday. We welcome families to contact our preschools to schedule a visit.

Registration forms are available on the school website and the CSGK website, too.



PCCN Preschool


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PCCN Preschool is a KCReady4s High Quality program. PCCN provides a safe, loving, learning environment where we Play, Create, Cultivate, and Nurture. We encourage each child to grow in his/her sense of self-confidence, self-worth, and creative ability as well as in independence and self-control.

We offer three classes.

  • 3 Year Old Class: 9-11:30 am Tuesday and Thursday
  • 3/4 Year Old Blended Class: 9-11:30 am Monday, Wednesday & Friday
  • Pre-K Class: 12:30 – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday

Our teachers have extensive training in ASD, SPD, Love and Logic, Handwriting Without Tears, and Early Childhood Literacy. Our cooperative preschool offers parents the opportunity to observe their children in a unique, fun-loving, educational environment and to participate in their learning experience.

Enrollment packet completed and submitted to PCCN, including $75 registration fee. Open Enrollment begins February 15, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. Join our Open House on Thursday, March 3 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.


  • ADDRESS: 2731 West Milham Road, Portage, Michigan 49024
  • PHONE: 269-323-7855

Kalamazoo Country Day


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The preschool program at KCDS offers a half (8-12:45 pm) or full day (8-3:10 pm) option, three or five days a week. Our extended care runs 7am – 6pm to accomodate working parents.

The curriculum is built around the essential skills children need be ready for kindergarten, and these skills are integrated in to every lesson and activity. Oral Language, Literacy, Number Sense, Visual & Gross Motor Skills, and of course, Behavior and Self-Care are addressed daily.

To round out our preschool curriculum and beginning with our youngest students, we offer SPANISH four times a week, MUSIC and P.E. twice, LIBRARY, ART, and COMPUTER (junior kindergarten) once a week.

To be noted, all of our preschool teachers have Early Childhood or Lower Elementary certification.

Our youngest students are three years old by October of the school year, and toilet trained.


ADDRESS: 4221 East Milham Road, Portage, MI 49002
PHONE: 269-329-0116 ext. 220

A lifetime of learning and friendship.

Country Day-kids

More Great Preschools

The listing below is a full that that we put together based upon feedback from our KZOOkids.com readers. While this may not be a full listing of all of the area preschools, it is a good place to start when seeing all of the great options that we have available. Note: the preschools that are bolded in this listing can be found in the advertising section of this guide. 

    Adventure Kid’s Childcare, 9773 S. Sprinkle Road, Portage | 269-324-1138
    Adventure’s Learning Center, 4295 Bishop Ave, Portage | 269-323-3600
    AppleTree Learning Center, 909 Dix Street, Otsego, MI | 269-692-3685
    Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Preschool, 5902 S. 12th St.. Portage | 269-488-2120
    Calico Corner Pre-School, 2323 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo | 269-345-6901
    CHUM Co-Op Preschool, 7028 Oakland Drive, Portage | 269-251-2131
    Christ for Kids Preschool and Childcare, 7211 Oakland Drive, Portage | 269-327-4889
    Curious Kids, 1010 W Milham Ave, Portage | 269-323-6780
    Discovery Center Kids, 4102 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-372-0007
    Friends of Jesus Preschool of Zion Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd, Kalamazoo |269-382-2360
    Gagie School, 615 Fairview Avenue Kalamazoo | 269-344-6541
    Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, 1518 E. Centre Avenue, Portage | 269-359-1115
    Great Explorations Preschool, West Portage | 269-762-7115
    Heart and Hands Christian Preschool, 217 S. Main St, Vicksburg |269-649-2343
    Jack and Jill Co-Op, 8047 Church St, Richland | 269-629-9149
    JumpStart Childcare Center of Kalamazoo, 6712 Financial Pkwy, Kalamazoo | 269-544-3000
    Kalamazoo Christian Preschool, multiple locations around Kalamazoo | 269-381-2044
    Kalamazoo Country Day School, 3221 E. Milham Rd, Portage | 269-329-0116
    Kazoo School, 1401 Cherry Street, Kalamazoo | 269-345-3239
    Learning Village-Fairfax, 202 Fairfax, Kalamazoo | 269-382-3887 and Learning Village – Lake St., 215 Lake Street, Kalamazoo | 269-341-6070
    Little Miracle’s Christian Learning Center, Southridge Church, 6726 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo | 269-353-2700, ext. 222
    Looking Glass Child Care, 5527 Parkview Ave., Kalamazoo | 269-372-9766
    Milwood Co-Op Pre-School, 3919 Portage St, Kalamazoo | 269-381-6209
    The Montessori School, 750 Howard, Kalamazoo, MI and 6274 N 32nd St., Richland | 269-349-3248
    Nature’s Way Preschool, 4442 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo | 269-343-7342
    Northglade Montessori Magnet School, 1914 Cobb Ave., Kalamazoo | 269-337-0700
    Otis Montessori Academy, 810 East Center Ave., Portage | 269-327-8277
    PCCN Co-Op, 2731 West Milham Road, Portage | 269-323-7855
    St. Augustine Cathedral School, 600 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI | 269-349-1945
    St. James Lutheran Preschool, 2381 Romence Road, Portage | 269-327-7706
    St. Michael’s Lutheran Preschool, 7211 Oakland Dr, Portage | 269-327-0512
    St. Monica Catholic School, 530 West Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo | 269-345-2444
    The Shamrock Montessori, 7508 Oakland Drive, Portage | 269-324-4818
    Small World Christian Preschool, 2400 Winchell Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-344-4920
    WMU Children’s Place Learning Center,The Children’s Place Learning Center at WMU, Kalamazoo | 269-387-2277
    Wee Care, 625 Oakland Dr., Portage | 269-327-3100
    Westwood Christian Co-Op Preschool, 620 Northhampton Rd, Kalamazoo | 269-381-8691
    WoodsEdge Y Preschool, 1501 E. Milham Road, Portage | 269-250-9452
    YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, 1001 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo | 269-345-9622