The 2022 SWMI Preschools Guide: Kalamazoo, Portage & Surrounding Communities

Preschool

Find Your Child’s Perfect Start to School with this List of Kalamazoo Area Preschools

Hello, Preschool!

The arrival of preschool can bring mixed emotions for both kids and parents. It’s exciting and new, but also a bit overwhelming and nerve-racking. After all, you are sending your baby off into the world.

Landing on that perfect school for your little one can make the transition into the school years smoother and happier. We are here to help you do just that.

Our guide will give you options and help you narrow down which school fits your child and family needs best.

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Preschool

Choosing a preschool for your child can seem like such an overwhelming task. When exploring your preschool options around Kalamazoo, keep these important considerations in mind:

  • curriculum, teaching methods and learning philosophy
  • public, private or religious affiliation
  • location
  • practical issues such as drop-off and pickup, recess, hours, and after-hours options
  • parent communication structure
  • food – consider allergy management and food preferences
  • cost
  • staff experience and staff to student ratios
  • classroom resources and playground equipment

*It is a parent’s responsibility to research a preschool’s accreditation status. Accreditation is not a legal requirement for preschools in Michigan and choosing an accredited preschool is a parent preference.

SEE ALSO: Southwest Michigan Schools Guide »

Directory: Kalamazoo Area Preschools

This information is updated for 2022. Ages indicates the child’s age (in years and months) at the beginning of the school year.


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Preschool in Portage

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool

K-Prep encompasses our entire preschool program with special age-appropriate instruction for 3 year olds, 4 year olds, and Young 5’s.

At AppleTree and Gilden Woods, we understand that preschoolers need the freedom to explore, inquire, and engage. That’s why our comprehensive approach is so effective.

We provide a developmentally appropriate environment for hands-on learning that is stimulating and fun, so your child can grow, play, and learn at their own pace. They’ll love engaging in art, music, early math and science activities, and circle time – and you’ll love the confidence and mastery they develop.


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Hours
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Preschool in Kalamazoo

The Montessori School

The Montessori School provides a warm and vibrant educational home designed to foster a love of learning and help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. We strive to educate the whole child and to inspire children to be caring, socially responsible participants in their community and world.

Our carefully prepared classrooms are staffed with highly qualified, Montessori-certified head teachers and specially trained staff. Multi-age classrooms allow the children to learn from one another and to be valued contributors to the classroom community.


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From the minute we enrolled our two kids, our experience has been second to none and we couldn't be happier!
-Steve A


Hours
7:30 AM to 6:00 PM


Open House Info
Tours available upon request

Preschool in Kalamazoo

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.” The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a central component of our curriculum: a hands-on program that focuses on faith development of each child.

Schedule a visit today!

St. Augustine: (269) 349-1945
St. Monica: (269) 345-2444


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Our children have learned to read, add, and subtract, built strong friendships, developed emotional coping skills, strengthened their relationship with Jesus Christ, and are prepared to start elementary school!
-David and Amber P


Hours
7:15 AM to 5:30 PM


Open House Info
Tours can be scheduled by appointment

Preschool in Portage

Kalamazoo Country Day School

Using The Creative Curriculum, we foster growth in early literacy, science, fine motor, gross motor, and social-emotional skills.

Certified teachers lead using a multi-sensory approach and cross-curricular activities to help children develop in a caring environment. Preschoolers will enjoy weekly specials in gym and music as well as daily outside recess time.

We offer a balanced combination of academics, play, and structure to give children a positive first school experience and prepare your child for kindergarten success.
Curriculum:
• The Creative Curriculum
• Heggerty Phonemic Awareness

Programs available:
Extended ½ day (8am-12:45pm)
Full day program


My kids have the support they need but so do I, as a parent, that's something that I'm extremely grateful for.
-Hannah T


Hours
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Open House Info
Tours are scheduled at your convenience.

Preschool in Portage

Mrs. O's Preschool

Mrs. O’s Preschool provides a nurturing environment and high quality education for young children. With over 60 combined years of early elementary teaching experience, we believe in developmental, age-appropriate learning, where children learn at their own pace. We offer a balanced combination of academics, play, and structure to give children a positive first school experience.

As career kindergarten teachers, it’s been our experience that incoming 5-year-olds are lacking in preparatory academic fundamentals and social cues. Mrs. O's directors will prepare your 3, 4, & 5-year olds with foundational values and skills they’ll use for life.


So many wonderful things about Mrs. O's. The teachers are so caring. My son has progressed so much socially and academically. He is going to be ready for kindergarten!


Hours
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Preschool in Portage

Early Learning Center at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

YMCA Early Learning Center programs strengthen families and boost youth development by offering learning readiness experiences and comprehensive child development programs. Early learning builds a foundation for ongoing and future achievement and success.

Program Highlights
· Licensed by the State of Michigan
· Great Start to Quality participant
· KC Ready 4s partner
· Creative Curriculum
· Swim lessons
· Tennis lessons
· Nature walks
· Physical education class
· Financial assistance available
· YMCA MEMBERSHIP for the entire family to enjoy both Portage and Maple facilities.


Hours
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Open House Info
Tours offered by appointment. Email [email protected] or call (269) 345-9622 extension 161.

Preschool in Portage

Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool

Chapel Hill Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool was created to provide high-quality early childhood education, rooted in a progressive understanding of the Christian faith, to children of the greater Kalamazoo/Portage area.

Kaleidoscope Kids will be a preschool that affirms all the inherent worth of marginalized peoples, creating a more just world both for the children and staff and for parent/guardians who might not have felt safe or affirmed in other childcare spaces.


Hours
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Open House Info
March 8, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Private tours also available upon request.

Preschool in Kalamazoo

Comstock Early Learning Academy

Comstock Early Learning Academy (CELA) is an innovative early childhood education center operated by Comstock Public Schools.

Students will have a positive learning experience with peers and adults in a fun, safe, and creative environment. We provide child-focused and play-based learning opportunities to cultivate life-long learners who are successful in all areas of living.


Hours
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Preschool in Vicksburg

Heart and Hands Christian Preschool

Using The Creative Curriculum, we foster growth in early literacy skills, mathematics, science, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and social-emotional skills.

• Half-day classes
• Small class sizes
• A school-like atmosphere
• Balance of free choice time and academics

2 + 3-Day Classes include a parent Co-op option and faith-based learning.
• T/TH (3s)
• M/W/F (4s)

5-Day Class is a KC Ready 4s + GRSP participant, providing FREE tuition to qualifying families


Hours
9:00 AM to 12:15 PM


Open House Info
February 1, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Preschool in Kalamazoo

Starting Point Preschool

At Starting Point Preschool, we provide a positive and loving environment where children can grow and learn. Our mission is to inspire a love of learning in kids as we provide a nurturing environment, encouraging kids to explore creativity and develop independence as they grow in their relationship with God.


Hours
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Open House Info
Private tours are available upon appointment, if you are interested please give us a call at (269) 459-9517 or email us at [email protected]

Preschool in Portage

Christ for Kids Preschool at St. Michael Lutheran

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

Certified teachers lead using a multi-sensory approach and cross-curricular activities to help children develop in a caring environment. Preschoolers will enjoy weekly chapel, music class and time with book buddies!

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

Preschool in Kalamazoo & Calhoun Counties

FBR Child Development Centers

The mission of the Child Development Center is to cooperate with parents to nurture the development of enthusiasm, confidence and early life skills that are necessary for each child’s success in school and later life.


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Hours
6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Preschool in Kalamazoo

Small World Christian Preschool

We help each child realize he/she is a special, unique child of God

• Promote social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development with Christian values
• Nurture self-esteem and loving concern for others

Activities: free and directed play, music, art, devotions, field trips, creative movement, storytime, languages, show & tell, social readiness, motor and listening skills


Open House Info
January 25, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
February 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Preschool in Kalamazoo

Westwood Christian Co-op Preschool

*Fully licensed
*Established in 1981
*Excellent, experienced, certified teachers
*Fosters child's awareness that s/he is a unique child of God
*Cooperative program allows parents to participate in child's education
*Loving Christian atmosphere
*Exciting "hands on" activities
*Kindergarten readiness curriculum
*Field trips
*Small class size
*Low cost


Hours
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Open House Info
Not scheduled yet; please see our website for tour times.

Preschool in Kalamazoo

Haven's Little Treasures Christian Preschool

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

3-year-old class: Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30 AM.

4-year-old class: MWF 8:30-11:30 AM or MWF 12:00-3:00 PM.

Learning activities include creativity, imagination, music, Bible, physical development, free play, socialization and kindergarten readiness.

Scholarships are available.


Hours
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Preschool in Portage

KidFit Daycare

We offer high-quality, safe, and developmentally appropriate care for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old.

KidFit kids get daily exercise at Kingdom Indoor Center during inclement weather or during the winter months.

KidFit kids get one free class and subsequent programming is 50% off.

Full time preschool: 2, 3, 4 or 5 days/week.


Open House Info
Tours available upon request

Preschool in Kalamazoo

Kazoo School

Kazoo School’s preschool is child-centered, focused on meeting the needs of the whole child. Curricula revolves around the interests of the children and embraces multiple intelligences.

An outdoor school with Kleinstuck Preserve as our backyard, we explore the woods often, bringing our discoveries and experiences back to the classroom.


Hours
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

More Preschools

Adventures Learning Center4295 Bishop Ave
Portage, MI 49002
269-323-3600
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AppleTree Learning Center
909 Dix St
Otsego, MI 49078
269-692-3675
Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Preschool5902 S 12th St
Portage, MI 49024
269-488-2120
CSGK
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo
St. Augustine Cathedral School
600 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-349-1945
Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo
St. Monica Catholic School
530 W Kilgore Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-345-2444
CDC Preschools Guide 2022
Child Development Centers
Six locations in SW Michigan269-731-5775
Christ for Kids
Christ for Kids Preschool and Childcare
St. Michael Lutheran School
7211 Oakland Dr
Portage, MI 49024
269-327-4889

Comstock Early Learning Academy
6171 East MN Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
269-250-8960
Curious Kids1010 W Milham Ave
Portage, MI 49024
269-323-6780
Discovery Center Kids4102 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269-372-0007
YMCA Preschool
Early Learning Center at the YMCA
2900 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI 49024

1001 W Maple St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-345-9622 ext 161
El Concilio: Escuelita Nuevo Horizonte930 Lake St # A
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-385-6279
Gagie School615 Fairview Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-344-6541
Gift of Grace Montessori8097 Vineyard Pkwy
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-365-5775
AppleTree Gilden Woods Preschools Guide 2022
Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool – Portage
1518 E Centre Ave
Portage, MI 49002
269-359-1115
Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool – Kalamazoo4620 Arboretum Pkwy
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269-459-9301

Haven’s Little Treasures Christian Preschool
5350 N Sprinkle Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
269-344-5871
Hearts & Hands Preschool
Heart and Hands Christian Preschool
217 S Main St
Vicksburg, MI 49097
269-649-2343
Jack and Jill Co-Op Preschool8047 Church St
Richland, MI 49083
269-629-9149
JumpStart Childcare Center of Kalamazoo6712 Financial Pkwy
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-544-3000
Kalamazoo Christian Preschool3800 S 12th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-381-2044
Kalamazoo Country Day School
Kalamazoo Country Day School
3221 E Milham Rd
Portage, MI 49002
269-329-0116
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kalamazoo Public Schools (PEEP)
3501 Moreland St
Kalamazoo 49001
269-337-0095
Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool Guide 2022
Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool
Portage Chapel Hill Church
7028 Oakland Dr
Portage, MI 49024
269-327-6643 ext 113
Kazoo School Preschool Guide
Kazoo School
1401 Cherry St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-345-3239

KidFit Daycare
8146 Merchant Pl
Portage, MI 49002
269-775-1311
Learning Village – Fairfax202 Fairfax
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-382-3887
Learning Village – Lake St215 Lake St
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-341-6070
Little Miracles Christian Learning Center
Southridge Church
6726 Texas Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-353-2700, ext. 222
Looking Glass Preschool & Daycare5527 Parkview Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-372-9766
Loy Norrix Child Care Center606 East Kilgore Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-337-0264
Milestones Child Development Center 8101 Moorsbridge Rd
Portage, MI 49024
269-443-2148
Milwood Commons Preschool & Childcare2031 E Cork St
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-344-9731
The Montessori School
The Montessori School
750 Howard St
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-349-3248
Mrs. O's Preschool
Mrs. O’s Preschool
8025 Moorsbridge Rd
Portage, MI 49024
269-993-0066
Nature’s Way Preschool4442 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-343-7342
Nazarene Wee Care Center 5625 Oakland Dr
Portage, MI 49024
269-327-3100
New Wonders Discovery Center7000 Stadium Dr, Suite 203
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-326-4926
Northglade Montessori Magnet School1914 Cobb Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-337-0700
Otis Montessori Academy810 E Center Ave
Portage, MI 49002
269-327-8277
Pathfinder Kids8740 S Westnedge Ave
Portage, MI 49002
269-327-6762
PCCN Co-Op Preschool3600 W Milham Rd
Portage, MI 49024
269-323-7855
RHCS Preschool700 N Fletcher
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269-383-0505
Shamrock Montessori Preschool7508 Oakland Dr
Portage, MI 49024
269-324-4818

Small World Christian Preschool 
2400 Winchell Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-344-4920
Small World Learning Center3616 Lake St
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
269-341-9800
Starting Point Preschool
Starting Point Preschool
Centerpoint Church
2345 N 10th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269-459-9517
Westwood Christian Co-op Preschool
Westwood Christian Co-Op Preschool
Westwood Christian Reformed Church
620 Northhampton
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269-381-8691
WoodsEdge YMCA Preschool1501 E Milham Ave
Portage, MI 49002
269-250-9452


 

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