Why the AppleTree & Gilden Woods Experience? Fostering Learning in a Nurturing Environment

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AppleTree & Gilden Woods Offers Age-Specific Care

I recently returned to work, after being on maternity leave for the past three months. As working parents, my husband and I are often asked how we chose our childcare center. While the answer may seem simple, a lot of time and effort is put into selecting a childcare facility. Here’s what played into how we choose AppleTree & Gilden Woods. 

Once I became pregnant with my third child, my husband and I had to decide on a childcare facility that would provide the care and education that all three of our children would need at their different ages.  

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At first, I was hesitant about separating my kids into different classrooms – I wanted them to be together. They had always been together at the in-home childcare we used.  

After a tour with AppleTree & Gilden Woods, I quickly realized that in separate classes they had an opportunity to actively participate in planned educational activities that are developmentally appropriate.

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AppleTree & Gilden Woods + Highest Standards In Early Learning Education For Your Child 

AppleTree & Gilden Woods’ mission is to provide the highest quality educational programming in a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment that earns the trust of the children and families they serve.

They are all about community. Building into their schools a support system for families. Providing support to families through ongoing assessments reflecting on growth and developing milestones. Families will see how each child builds on their social skills and are supported as they learn to express themselves in acceptable ways.

Through hands-on experience, families will see cognitive and critical thinking skills develop, along with language and literacy and social-emotional skills.

Physical development is just as important as mental development. From outdoor play to indoor fun-n-fit activities each child is given support and encouragement to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment.

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22 Years and Still Growing

Did you know that AppleTree & Gilden Woods has been in the West Michigan area for over 20 years?

Their vision has always been to set the industry standards and change the way childcare educators and early childhood education is viewed. They will help your child develop the trust and confidence they need to grow socially, academically, and emotionally to reach their full potential.

Children are encouraged to actively participate in planned educational activities and learn through their own efforts in order to enhance their skills and achievements.

AppleTree & Gilden Woods is always focusing on the “whole” child and their development as an individual, and by creating a collaboration between families and teachers, supportive and trusting relationships are created.

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Interested in Learning More?

AppleTree & Gilden Woods provides care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years in three Kalamazoo Area locations. Enrichment classes and meals are included in the tuition.

  • Gilden Woods – Kalamazoo | 4620 Arboretum Parkway, Kalamazoo | 269-389-0118
  • Gilden Woods – Portage | 1518 E Centre Avenue, Portage | 269-359-1115
  • AppleTree – Otsego | 909 Dix Street, Otsego | 269-692-3675

If you’d like, click here to find details on each location, view their curriculums for each age group, and to request a tour!

When scheduling a tour please note: due to the current pandemic masks are required. You will meet with the program director for a brief review of paperwork and programing information in the front office, then you will tour the building exterior and see the classrooms from the emergency exit door.

With the children and families’ best interest at heart, AppleTree & Gilden Woods have increased health, safety, and cleaning procedures to best protect the children and families they serve during this pandemic.

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