2015 Preschool Guide For Greater Kalamazoo 2016-01-07T15:16:43+00:00



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.



Our K-Prep program offers special age-appropriate instruction 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. [/note]


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


[features tab1=”AppleTree & Gilden Woods” tab2=”The Montessori School” tab3=”Kazoo School” tab4=”St. Augustine & St. Monica” tab5=”The Discovery Center” tab6=”PCCN Preschool”  tab7=”CHUM Preschool” tab8=”Bullfrogs & Butterflies” tab9=”St. Catherine’s” tab10=”YMCA of Kalamazoo” tab11= “Milwood Preschool” tab12= “Kalamazoo Country Day” tab13= “More Preschools” ]



AppleTree and Gilden Woods K-Prep Preschool




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.

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 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 Gilden Woods or AppleTree nearest you today to schedule a FREE 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





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.





The Discovery Center

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The Discovery Center Preschool and Childcare is a hometown, non-profit preschool and childcare center established in 1976 that has been dedicated to providing a quality program to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.

A degreed, professional staff provides developmentally appropriate experiences in language, math, geography, life skills, science, cooking, dramatic play, art, large motor, and manipulative and sensorial activities. Teaches children problem solving and conflict negotiation skills, broadens horizons, and has an amazing, half acre play yard. Low teacher to child ratios provided. Discovery Center participates in the Great Start Readiness Program and Kalamazoo County Ready 4’s Program. Immunizations required for enrollment.

Infant and toddler care is provided for children 6 weeks to 21/2 years


  • ADDRESS: 4102 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • PHONE: 269-372-0007




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.

We have current openings in the green (pre-k) class and yellow (3/4 year old blended) class for the 2015-2016 school year.

Enrollment packet completed and submitted to PCCN, including $75 registration fee.


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



CHUM CO-OP Preschool


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CHUM Co-op Preschool is a non-profit, educational and developmental program for young children. We are owned and operated by the parents of those attending, and are licensed by the state of Michigan. CHUM has no religious affiliation. Our preschool has been in operation since 1970.

CHUM Philosophy:
We believe children learn best through play and hands-on activities. Through purposeful classroom arrangement and planning developmentally appropriate activities, the children will be meaningfully engaged in play with their peers while attending CHUM Preschool.

Sharing and Story Time
Music and Finger Plays
Science Activities
Dramatic and Creative Play
Color, Shape and Number Activities
Tactile Exploration
Large and Small Motor Activities
Creative Art and Easel Painting

We believe in learning through play. These hands-on activities build self-esteem, encourage creative expression and curiosity, and stimulate decision making and problem solving. Your child will be guided through these activities in accordance with their social, emotional and physical readiness.

Open Enrollment has begun for CHUM Preschool!

CHUM classes offered for 2015-2016 school year:
3am: Tues & Thurs 9:15-11:30am (child must be 3 years old by September 1, 2015 and completely potty trained)

3/4am: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00-11:30am. Braided 3s and 4s class (for children who turn 4 by September 1, 2015 and those students who turn 3 by March 1, 2015 and completely toilet trained)

4pm: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu 12:30-3:00pm (child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2015).

Please contact CHUM Preschool at 269-251-2131 with questions about our preschool or to enroll your child for next fall. Open enrollment is underway!!!


  • ADDRESS: Chapel Hill United Methodist Church 7028 Oakland Drive Portage, MI 49024
  • PHONE: 269-251-2131



Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Preschool

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Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Preschool is a 5 star Great Start Quality program.Our preschool program begins with Young 3s and Older 3s classrooms and then continues on to our Pre-k classrooms for the last year of education before entering kindergarten. Our staff are college educated with bachelors degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Family Studies.Tadpoles email communication allows families to receive detailed daily reports, pictures and videos directly to email.To use our guide, click on the arrows to the left and in the table below.

We are invested in high quality programming with the use of The Creative Curriculum as well as Handwriting Without Tears. We are a KC Ready 4s and GSRP preschool. We offer flexible schedules for our 3 year old classes and a focus on best practice for the pre-k year with a 5 day a week schedule. Families can choose 5 1/2 days or 5 full days We take safety seriously by providing cameras in the classrooms, fingerprint scan entrance for parents and staff, and ongoing staff training for all emergency incidents.

We encourage families to tour our Preschool and meet the staff. To enroll, we need a completed Child Information Card, Immunization Record, Health Appraisal, completed enrollment packet, and $50 registration fee.



  • ADDRESS: 5904 South 12th Street, Portage Mi 49024
  • PHONE: 269-488-2120



St. Catherine’s Catholic Preschool


St. Catherine’s Catholic Preschool is open Monday – Friday 9:00-11:30 am. Our 3 year old program is Tuesday/Thursday and our 4 year old program is Monday/Wednesday/Friday. We start in September and end in May. We require a $50 enrollment fee. Monthly tuition is $135 for the 3 year old program and $155 for the 4 year old program.

St. Catherine’s Catholic Preschool realizes that the children are our future. And by the grace of God we will encourage and guide the child’s natural talents and curiosities to build a loving relationship with God. We will fuel their minds with our curriculum. We will instill strong Christian values by opening up their hearts to God’s word. We will teach that God’s love is infinite and for everyone. As educators we see that all children are unique and we celebrate their uniqueness.

We strive to shape intelligent, caring, and compassionate children. We will provide educational opportunities to expand a child’s thinking and problem solving skills. We will give them the tools needed to move on to a Kindergarten or Young Five program. We will promote the 3 theological virtues- faith, hope, and charity. We will provide an environment where their self-confidence and self-esteem can grow. We will enhance a child’s coordination and muscle development through gross and fine motor activities.

We are more than happy to set up a convenient time for each family to visit the preschool.



ADDRESS: 1150 W. Centre Ave., Portage Mi 49024
PHONE: 269-978-2348




YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo



The YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo’s Preschool Childcare Program is open to children ages 3-5 who are potty trained. Services are offered at the Maple Branch only.

Our 5-star preschool programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of your child and respond to the needs of the entire family. Our preschool is inclusive and uses Creative Curriculum and PNC’s Grow Up Great curriculum. These curricula offer a hands-on learning environment that encompasses both fine and gross motor skills along with preparing the children for kindergarten. Our programs also offer special activities including tennis lessons, swim lessons, and monthly field trips (based on age and enrollment status).

YMCA Early Learning programs strengthen families and boost youth development by offering young children learning readiness experiences and comprehensive child development programs. Our programming at the Y addresses the holistic development of young children by supporting brain development, early literacy, healthy habits development, and strong parenting skills. Early learning builds a foundation for future and ongoing achievement and success.

The Y Early Learning Center has been awarded the highest rating possible (five stars) by the State of Michigan for our quality preschool program. We are a proud partner and participant of Kalamazoo County’s KC Ready 4s, which provides tuition assistance for qualifying families to enroll their four-year-old in an affordable, high quality program. Visit http://www.kcready4s.org/ for more information.

Contact the Y Early Learning Center at 269-345-9622 x 161 or email brussell@kzooymca.org for more details.

To download the registration packet, see link here : YMCA Preschool Registration Packet



ADDRESS: 1001 Maple Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
PHONE: 269-345-9622 x161



Miwood Cooperative Preschool


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Milwood Cooperative Preschool offers preschool and daycare for children ages 2.5-6 years old. We are located in the Milwood neighborhood, close to I-94 and convenient to families in both Portage and Kalamazoo. We are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and offer both full and half day options for care, as well as a preschool only option.

The philosophy of Milwood Cooperative Preschool is that children learn through structured play. We provide a safe and stimulating environment where children have many opportunities for physical, intellectual, emotional, and social growth. Our philosophy is accomplished through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that emphasizes play and building positive self-esteem. We recognize that every child is an individual with his or her own special interests and needs.

We welcome parent involvement in the classroom and behind the scenes. Parents are encouraged to visit us or attend parties and field trips to share in their children’s growth and reinforce our goal of building a supportive, caring and nurturing atmosphere for your child’s first school experience.

Please contact us at 269.381.6209 or milwoodcoop@gmail.com to schedule a tour or for more information on weekly rates. A completed enrollment form and a $50 registration fee holds your child’s spot for the fall. We follow the KPS school year calendar and operate September through May.



ADDRESS: 3919 Portage Street, Portage, MI 49001




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
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
Hilltop Preschool of Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd, Kalamazoo |269-382-2360
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