2019 Preschool Guide For the Greater Kalamazoo Area2019-01-18T21:18:10+00:00

GREATER KALAMAZOO AREA PRESCHOOL GUIDE – 2019

Hello, Preschool!

What an exciting time in a child’s life – everything is so fresh and new for them. And as parents, we want to help build on their natural curiosity when we send them to preschool. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all schooling, though. Which leave Kalamazoo-area families to wonder, which preschool is the best fit for my child?

To help you with this big decision, we’ve listed options for your family to consider. When you’re deciding on a preschool, be sure to research big ideas like the school’s learning philosophy and allergy management, as well as smaller, yet important items like curbside drop-off and recess policies.

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AppleTree and Gilden Woods

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 skills they develop.

Families can choose from full-time or part-time schedules from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 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 feature a S.T.E.M. curriculum to promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education.

The K-Prep program utilizes a winning combination of industry-respected curriculum such as; the Get Set for School program, and our own proprietary learning tools. This blend provides our preschoolers and young 5’s with dynamic, well-rounded developmental and academic learning objectives and a strong foundation for Kindergarten readiness. Our goal is to teach children 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!


Gilden Woods – Portage – 269-359-1115
Gilden Woods – Kalamazoo – 269-389-0118
AppleTree – Otsego – 269-692-3675

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The Montessori School

The Montessori School offers primary education for children ages 3 to 6 at our Richland and Kalamazoo campuses.

  • Morning or full-day options; before and after-school care available
  • 9-month and 12-month programs
  • 1:10 adult-to-child ratio with Montessori-trained and educated staff
  • Spanish bilingual program in Richland
  • All-Year Montessori program in Kalamazoo

The foundation of self-esteem and all future learning is constructed during these early years and the Montessori Method is designed to take advantage of this powerful, formative period.

Your child will be introduced to many different concepts and will learn through observation and direct interaction with beautifully crafted materials in our safe learning environment.

  • 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.
  • Language is taught through a specific progression of lessons that engage the senses and immersion.
  • Our Mathematics materials are designed to teach your child not only how, but why. Math is hands-on and lessons teach values and operations through 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.

Kalamazoo Campus – 750 Howard Street Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Richland Campus – 6274 N. 32nd Street Richland, MI 49083

Phone | 269-349-3248
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The Montessori School

The Montessori School offers primary education for children ages 3 to 6 at our Richland and Kalamazoo campuses.

  • Morning or full-day options; before and after-school care available
  • 9-month and 12-month programs
  • 1:10 adult-to-child ratio with Montessori-trained and educated staff
  • Spanish bilingual program in Richland
  • All-Year Montessori program in Kalamazoo

The foundation of self-esteem and all future learning is constructed during these early years and the Montessori Method is designed to take advantage of this powerful, formative period.

Your child will be introduced to many different concepts and will learn through observation and direct interaction with beautifully crafted materials in our safe learning environment.

  • 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.
  • Language is taught through a specific progression of lessons that engage the senses and immersion.
  • Our Mathematics materials are designed to teach your child not only how, but why. Math is hands-on and lessons teach values and operations through 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESSES: Kalamazoo Campus – 750 Howard Street Kalamazoo, MI 49008 and Richland Campus – 6274 N. 32nd Street Richland, MI 49083

PHONE: 269-349-3248

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Early Learning Center at the YMCA

YMCA Early Learning Center programs strengthen families and boost youth development by offering 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, development of healthy habits, and strong parenting skills.

Our programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of your child and responds to the needs of the entire family. Our preschool is inclusive and uses Creative Curriculum. This curriculum offers 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, nature walks in Kleinstuck Preserve, and monthly field trips (based on age and enrollment status).

Families registering their preschooler full time (5 full days per week) for the 2019-2020 school year will receive a free family membership the school year. With the YMCA membership, your family can spend quality and active time together by swimming, playing tennis, or attending family nights and parent’s nights out. This membership may be used at both the Portage and Maple locations.

We are a proud participant of Kalamazoo County’s KC Ready 4’s, which provides tuition assistance for qualifying families to enroll their 4-year-old in an affordable high-quality program. Visit www.kcready4s.org for more information about the program.

Must be 2 years and 9 months old and potty trained. Private tours are offered by appointment.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 1001 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008

PHONE: 269-345-9622 ex 151

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Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Preschool

Our preschool program is filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery where active and enthusiastic children can refine and expand their skills and knowledge. Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully-designed learning environments and enriched activities, our teachers ensure your preschooler will have a joyful, appropriate and meaningful learning experience that leads to success in school, and in life.

Our preschool program helps children advance their skills in pre-academic areas such as literacy, math, and science, as well as in other essential areas such as art, social and emotional well being, and health and wellness. Our child-centered approach ensures that children are exposed to a diverse array of learning activities and that they thrive in all areas of child development, creative thinking, problem solving, empathetic collaboration, curious investigation and astute decision-making.

Our Preschool offers scheduling options to meet each families needs including 2, 3 or 5 day schedules in our 3-4 year old class and 5 days (AM half day or full day) in our PreK classes.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 5902 S. 12th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

PHONE: 269-488-2120

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Kalamazoo Country Day School

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Kalamazoo Country Day Preschool is a responsive, safe and nurturing environment for children that are 3 and 4 years of age. We have small class sizes that allow for differentiated learning and relationship building. Social-emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills are taught through thematic units and are integrated into small group activities and play. We encourage family-school partnerships which promotes a strong community of parents within the school.

We offer a five or three-day program, with half or full day options. Before and aftercare are available. Schedule an appointment for a tour or visit us during our open houses.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 4221 East Milham Rd., Portage, MI 49002

PHONE: 269-329-0116

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Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo

The Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo offer two great preschool options. St. Augustine Cathedral School, downtown, and St. Monica Catholic School, on the border between Kalamazoo and Portage, provide fully-licensed, welcoming preschool classrooms located within nurturing, Catholic faith-based elementary schools.

Children benefit from a curriculum that provides activities and skills from each developmental area –cognitive, creative, physical, spiritual, language, and Social Emotional Learning – making up the “whole child.” In addition, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a central component of our curriculum. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a hands-on program that focuses on the faith development of each individual child.
We offer full and half days for 3 and 4 year olds. See our website for more details, and schedule your visit today!

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: St. Augustine Cathedral School – 600 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 & St. Monica Catholic School – 530 W Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

PHONE: St. Augustine Cathedral School – 269-349-1945 & St. Monica Catholic School – 269-345-2444

WEBSITE

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FACEBOOK (St. Monica)

Kazoo School

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Kazoo School PreKindergarten 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 1401 Cherry Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

PHONE: 269-345-3239

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Heart and Hands Preschool

At Heart and Hands we offer three half-day programs:

  • T/TH 3s Class
  • M/W/F 4s Class
  • M-F (5 day) 4s Class

Our 2 and 3-day classes have a parent co-op option. Our 5-day class participates with both KC Ready 4s and GSRP funding which means tuition is FREE to qualifying families.

Because our classes are only half-day we are able to create a school-like atmosphere with a daily schedule balancing free choice time and academic activities that will prepare your child for a successful kindergarten year. Heart and Hands uses The Creative Curriculum which covers 38 objectives in Development and Learning for preschoolers. Smaller class sizes allow for more individual attention for each child.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 217 S. Main St., Vicksburg, MI 49097

PHONE: 269-649-2343 ext 106

WEBSITE

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Friends of Jesus Preschool

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Preschoolers need a blend of learning, playing, singing, sharing, reading, writing, exploring, laughing, counting, creating, moving and doing to experience their world and prepare for kindergarten. Since 1978, Friends of Jesus Preschool has been offering this blend to preschoolers in the greater Kalamazoo area. We offer experienced and caring staff, small class sizes, engaging classrooms and a family friendly environment. Helping children develop first friendships and early social skills are also an important part of what we do. Come in for a tour and see what we’re about.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 2122 Bronson Boulevard, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 | Inside Zion Lutheran Church

PHONE: 269-382-2360

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Haven’s Little Treasures Christian Preschool

Nurturing students to learn and grow in God’s truths academically, socially and spiritually.

We offer a 3 year old preschool class that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:30 AM and a 4 year old class that meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 AM.

Our learning activities include creativity and imagination, music, Bible, physical development (either outside or in our gym), socialization, field trips and readiness activities like introduction to letters and their sounds, handwriting, language, table and group games and so much more.

Please contact us for more information and schedule a tour today.

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 5350 North Sprinkle Road, Kalamazoo MI, 49004

PHONE: 269-344-5871

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

Christ for Kids Preschool at St. Michael Lutheran



St. Michael provides a Christian setting for young children to develop and grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically.

Certified teachers lead each preschool class using a multi-sensory approach and cross-curricular activities designed to help children develop at their own pace in a loving and caring environment. Frequent newsletters keep parents informed of classroom themes, events, and volunteer opportunities.

All members of the community are welcome regardless of faith affiliation.

Programs:
– 3’s M/W or T/TH 8:15-11:15
– 4’s M-F 8:15 – 11:15 or 12:15-3:15
– 5’s(Transitional Kindergarten) M-F 8:00-11:30

Schedule a tour any time or come to an Open House!

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 7211 Oakland Drive, Portage, MI 49024

PHONE: 269-327-4889

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

More Great Preschools

The listing below is a full 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. 

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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
Haven’s Little Treasures Christian Preschool, 5350 North Sprinkle Road, Kalamazoo | 269-344-5871
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. 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[/checklist]